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Citadel News Service
7 Sep 2011

Documentary “Little Town of Bethlehem” gets campus screening

The Citadel will host a screening of the documentary “Little Town of Bethlehem” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Bond Hall Room 165.

“Little Town of Bethlehem” is a documentary film that follows the story of three men of three different faiths and their lives in Israel and Palestine. The story explores each man’s choice of non-violent action amidst a culture of overwhelming violence.

The film examines the struggle to promote equality through non-violent engagement in the midst of incredible violence that has dehumanized all sides. Sami’s story begins as a young boy living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank; Yonatan’s starts on an Israeli military base; and Ahmad’s begins in a Palestinian refugee camp.

Their three stories are interwoven through the major events of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, starting with the 1972 massacre at the Munich Olympics and following through the first Intifada, suicide bombings in Israel, the Oslo Accords, the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin, and the second Intifada. Sami, Yonatan and Ahmad each describe the events from their unique perspective, interjecting their personal reflections and explaining how these events led them to become involved in the nonviolence movement.

The screening, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Middle Eastern Affairs class taught by Sarah Tenney, assistant professor of political science. It is part of the Global Voices of Nonviolence campaign, a 12-day global conversation that kicks off on the United Nations International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.

More information about the documentary “Little Town of Bethlehem” is available online at http://littletownofbethlehem.org/.

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