Q&A follows big film about a small town

The director of new film Open Bethlehem, Leila Sansour, will take part in a question and answer session after the film is screened at Hebden Bridge Picture House tonight, February 12 (7.45pm).

Open Bethlehem follows renowned Palestinian film-maker Leila Sansour’s extraordinary ten year journey as she captures Bethlehem as it has never been seen before.

Armed with a camera and a family car that keeps breaking down, she sets out to make an intimate portrait of a historical town in peril.

Drawing from over 700 hours of original footage and some rare archive material, this remarkable film shows the “little town” through the eyes of one of its oldest Christian families.

The 90-minute film will be followed by a Q&A session lasting around 45 minutes with the film’s director Leila Sansour, introduced by the Mayor of Hebden Royd, Coun Jonathan Timbers.

Leila Sansour is an acclaimed film maker with an unconventional portfolio.

She is the founder and spokesperson of Open Bethlehem, an organisation that works to bring international commitment to the resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian question using Bethlehem as a gateway into the situation.

She is a well known speaker on issues of the Middle East.

She has written articles and given talks at the British parliament, Amnesty International and many other venues.

Otherwise at the cinema this week Maryl Streep and James Corden star in Into The Woods (7.45pm each day from Friday, except Sunday, when it is screened at 1pm and Monday, 1.30pm, with an additional parent-and-baby screening on Tuesday at 10.30pm and regular screening at 2pm).