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Nationwide Launch of Film on Palestinian-Israeli Nonviolent Movement Marks UN’s International Day of Peace

EthnoGraphic Media (EGM) marked the United Nation’s International Day of Peace by kicking off a 12-day launch of its latest documentary, Little Town of Bethlehem. The standing-room-only event at Boston College on September 21 was hosted by the Faith, Peace and Justice Program in the Department of Sociology. A diverse audience of students, faculty, faith leaders, and community members responded positively to the Little Town of Bethlehem’s theme of using nonviolence to successfully address the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. They also liked that the film explored separate but overlapping narratives told through a Palestinian Christian, a Palestinian Muslim, and an Israeli Jew. As part of the nationwide launch, the audience was given an opportunity to dialog with the film’s director as well as representatives from both sides of the conflict. Sami Awad, one of the film’s subjects commented on the audience response, “Students less familiar were clearly moved to learn more about the conflict and what they personally could do. Conversely, some who were growing weary after decades in the struggle for peace in the region were reenergized.”

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