Hosted in the Perry Auditorium of the National Cathedral, Voices From the Holy Land Film Series is sponsored and supported by a coalition of over thirty interfaith (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian) and interdenominational organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region whose members feel called by their faith to work for justice, human rights, and peace in the land that is holy to all three Abrahamic faiths. The 2017 Film Series is sponsored by: Jerusalem Companion Diocese Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington Grace Presbyterian Church - Springfield, Virginia Westmoreland Congregational UCC
Film screenings in the series are free to attend, and free parking is also availible.
Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her home town, soon to be encircled by a wall. She left the city as a teenager thinking that Bethlehem was too small and provincial. As Bethlehem approaches ruin, her decision to flee this sleepy town, taken much to her father’s regret, comes to haunt her. OPEN BETHLEHEM is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. The film spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation. While telling a personal story, it als charts the creation of a campaign to compel international action to bring peace to the Middle East.
Supporter Organizations are Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, The Alliance of Baptists’ Justice in Palestine & Israel, Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Jewish Voice for Peace Metro DC Chapter, Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore, Friends of Tent of Nations North America, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Ravensworth Baptist Church, Rock Spring Congregational UCC, Israel Palestine Mission Network of the National Capital Presbytery, PCUSA, River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East Northern Virginia Chapter, Sabeel DC Metro, Rockville United Church, New Hope Baptist Church, Vienna Baptist Church, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Christ Church Durham Parish, Grace Episcopal Church, St. Francis of Assisi Pax Christi, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Middle East Working Group, St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Little River United Church of Christ, and Virginia Theological Seminary.
For more information, contact Janice Buckley at Janicebuckley1@gmail.com or (571)239-3792