Little Town of Bethlehem
(US cert. PG-13, running time 75 minutes)

The phrase “Little Town of Bethlehem” conjures up Christmas cards depicting a tranquil snowy scene, and carol services where we sing “How still we see thee lie!”. Into this place the Christ-child was born. Modern Bethlehem is of course quite different, a place of division, oppression and fear. But the Christian message of non-violent struggle for peace with justice is heard here too, as you will find out if you come and see this film.

In the film’s entry in the Internet Movie Database, Jim Hanon (writer and director of the film) writes:

Little Town of Bethlehem shares the gripping story of three men, born into violence, willing to risk everything to bring an end to violence in their lifetime. A Christian, a Muslim and a Jew – shaped by events of their Palestinian and Israeli upbringing – find inspiration in the words and actions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Sami [Awad], Ahmad [Al’Azzeh], and Yonatan [Shapira] believe that violence can indeed be stopped but recognize their own struggles will remain. Yet they will struggle together to discover a common humanity through non-violent action. In the city of Bethlehem where it is said God became man, these men stand alongside others whose central desire is to be accepted and treated as fully human. Their story brings fresh hope to the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel while taking a stand against violence throughout the world.

Visitors to the Greenbelt Festival will be familiar with Sami of the Holy Land Trust and Yonatan of Combatants for Peace, as they have both spoken there (Yonatan this year).
Stephen Sizer, Vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water, says:

Most films will entertain you. Good films will educate you as well. Brilliant films will engage and move you to action. Once in a while along comes a film that motivates you to become a participant rather than spectator. This is one of those rare films.


Tickets at £5 will be available on the door, or contact Andrew Smith, details below.

Following the screening there will be time for discussion.

Facebook Event page
This local screening has its own Facebook page HERE

See the trailer:

Official website: Little Town of Bethlehem

Event Details

Date: November 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

Comments (1)

  • Andrew Smith


    (1) The panel leading the post-screening discussion has now been finalised. It will comprise:

    – Prof. Mary C. Grey, recently appointed Honorary Professor to the Institute for Theological Partnerships at the University of Winchester
    – Dr. Christina Welch, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Winchester
    – Revd. Pat Clegg, of Sarum Concern for Israel/Palestine

    (2) Any profits from the sale of tickets or refreshments will be donated to the Amos Trust’s appeal on behalf of the Wi’am Christmas Smile project (see

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