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3​rd​​ ​Annual​ ​​Voices​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Holy​ ​Land​​ ​2017​ ​Film​ ​Series 
Washington​ ​National​ ​Cathedral​ ​–​ ​Perry​ ​Auditorium 
Phone:​ ​​ ​(202)​ ​537-6200 
February​ ​19,​ ​26;​ ​March​ ​5,​ ​26;​ ​April​ ​2​ ​-​ ​2:30​ ​PM 
 
● Two​ ​Blue​ ​Lines​ ​(99​ ​min)​ ​–​ ​February​ ​19,​ ​2017 
 
Shot​ ​over​ ​a​ ​period​ ​of​ ​25​ ​years,​ ​​Two​ ​Blue​ ​Lines​ ​​examines​ ​the​ ​human​ ​and​ ​political​ ​situation​ ​of​ ​the 
Palestinian​ ​people​ ​from​ ​the​ ​years​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​the​ ​creation​ ​of​ ​Israeli​ ​to​ ​the​ ​present​ ​day.​ ​​ ​This 
documentary​ ​explores​ ​the​ ​passionate​ ​dispute​ ​among​ ​Israeli​ ​citizens​ ​about​ ​their​ ​government’s 
Occupation​ ​of​ ​Palestine. ​ ​The​ ​film​ ​deftly​ ​splices​ ​together dueling creeds​ ​and​ ​the​ ​result​ ​is 
electrifying,​ ​because​ ​it’s​ ​a​ ​split​ ​so​ ​rarely​ ​displayed​ ​on​ ​U.S.​ ​screens.  Zionist​ ​“settlers”​ ​claim​ ​all​ ​of 
historic​ ​Palestine,​ ​asserting​ ​variously: “This​ ​is​ ​our​ ​territory​ ​returned​ ​by​ ​God”; “The​ ​Arabs​ ​are 
trespassers​ ​in​ ​the​ ​land​ ​of​ ​Israel:​ ​​ ​It’s​ ​not​ ​their​ ​country”; “This​ ​[land]​ ​is​ ​ours​ ​in​ ​every​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​the 
word”;​ ​It’s a​ ​“Jewish​ ​and​ ​democratic​ ​state.” ​ ​Human​ ​rights’​ ​advocates​ ​counter​ ​such​ ​maxims, 
deploring​ ​the​ ​contradiction​ ​between​ ​a​ ​“Jewish”​ ​state​ ​—with “Apartheid”​ ​privileges​ ​for​ ​Jews​ ​in​ ​an 
“ethnocracy”—​ ​and​ ​a​ ​democracy​ ​with equality for​ ​all. 
 
 
● Where​ ​Should​ ​the​ ​Birds​ ​Fly​ ​–​ ​(58​ ​min)​ ​–​ ​February​ ​26,​ ​2017 
 
Made​ ​by​ ​Palestinians​ ​living​ ​the​ ​reality,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​the​ ​story​ ​of​ ​Israel’s​ ​years​ ​long​ ​siege​ ​of​ ​Gaza​ ​and​ ​its 
2008-2009​ ​attack,​ ​told​ ​through​ ​the​ ​eyes​ ​of​ ​two​ ​young​ ​women,​ ​Mona​ ​Samouni,​ ​now​ ​10​ ​years​ ​old 
and​ ​the​ ​filmmaker,​ ​Fida​ ​Qishta. 

 

● Occupation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Mind​ ​(82​ ​min.)​ ​–​ ​March​ ​5,​ ​2017 
Israel’s​ ​ongoing​ ​military​ ​occupation​ ​of​ ​Palestinian​ ​territory​ ​and​ ​repeated​ ​invasions​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Gaza 
strip​ ​have​ ​triggered​ ​a​ ​fierce​ ​backlash​ ​against​ ​Israeli​ ​policies​ ​virtually​ ​everywhere​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world​ ​– 
except​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States.​ ​The​ ​Occupation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Mind​ ​takes​ ​an​ ​eye-opening​ ​look​ ​at 
this​ ​critical​ ​exception,​ ​zeroing​ ​in​ ​on​ ​pro-Israel​ ​public​ ​relations​ ​efforts​ ​within​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​Narrated​ ​by 
Roger​ ​Waters​ ​and​ ​featuring​ ​leading​ ​observers​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Israeli-Palestinian​ ​conflict​ ​and​ ​U.S.​ ​media 
culture,​ ​the​ ​film​ ​explores​ ​how​ ​the​ ​Israeli​ ​government,​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​government,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​pro-Israel 
lobby​ ​have​ ​joined​ ​forces,​ ​often​ ​with​ ​very​ ​different​ ​motives,​ ​to​ ​shape​ ​American​ ​media​ ​coverage 
of​ ​the​ ​conflict​ ​in​ ​Israel’s​ ​favor.​ ​From​ ​the​ ​U.S.-based​ ​public​ ​relations​ ​campaigns​ ​that​ ​emerged​ ​in 
the​ ​1980s​ ​to​ ​today,​ ​the​ ​film​ ​provides​ ​a​ ​sweeping​ ​analysis​ ​of​ ​Israel’s​ ​decades-long​ ​battle​ ​for​ ​the 
hearts,​ ​minds,​ ​and​ ​tax​ ​dollars​ ​of​ ​the​ ​American​ ​people​ ​in​ ​the​ ​face​ ​of​ ​widening​ ​international 
condemnation​ ​of​ ​its​ ​increasingly​ ​right-wing​ ​policies.​ ​Narrated​ ​by​ ​Roger​ ​Waters,​ ​and​ ​featuring 
Amira​ ​Hass,​ ​M.J.​ ​Rosenberg,​ ​Stephen​ ​M.​ ​Walt,​ ​Noam​ ​Chomsky,​ ​Rula​ ​Jebreal,​ ​Henry​ ​Siegman, 
Rashid​ ​Khalidi,​ ​Rami​ ​Khouri,​ ​Yousef​ ​Munayyer,​ ​Norman​ ​Finkelstein,​ ​Max​ ​Blumenthal,​ ​Phyllis 
Bennis,​ ​Norman​ ​Solomon,​ ​Mark​ ​Crispin​ ​Miller,​ ​Peter​ ​Hart,​ ​and​ ​Sut​ ​Jhally. 
● Open​ ​Bethlehem​ ​​ ​(90​ ​min.)​ ​–​ ​March​ ​26,​ ​2017 
Open​ ​Bethlehem​​ ​spans​ ​seven​ ​momentous​ ​years​ ​in​ ​the​ ​life​ ​of​ ​Bethlehem,​ ​revealing​ ​a​ ​city​ ​of 
astonishing​ ​beauty​ ​and​ ​political​ ​strife​ ​under​ ​occupation.​ ​Drawn​ ​from​ ​700​ ​hours​ ​of​ ​original 
footage​ ​and​ ​rare​ ​archive​ ​material,​ ​​Open​ ​Bethlehem​​ ​follows​ ​the​ ​story​ ​of​ ​director​ ​Leila​ ​Sansour​ ​as 
she​ ​returns​ ​to​ ​her​ ​hometown​ ​as​ ​it​ ​is​ ​soon​ ​to​ ​be​ ​encircled​ ​by​ ​The​ ​Wall.​ ​Chronicling​ ​Sansour’s 
campaign​ ​to​ ​stop​ ​occupying​ ​Israeli​ ​forces​ ​encircling​ ​Bethlehem,​ ​this​ ​fierce​ ​and​ ​poignant​ ​story 
maps​ ​a​ ​determined​ ​and​ ​ongoing​ ​effort​ ​to​ ​unite​ ​Christians,​ ​Muslims​ ​and​ ​Jews​ ​in​ ​the​ ​desire​ ​for 
free​ ​access​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Holy​ ​City. 
 

● SHORT​ ​FILMS:
o“The​ ​Living​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Pigeons”​ ​(17​ ​minutes)​ ​–​ ​April​ ​2,​ ​2017 

Director:​ ​​Baha’​ ​Abu​ ​Shanab​ ​(22-year-old​ ​student) 
 
At​ ​1:30​ ​a.m.,​ ​the​ ​bitter​ ​cold​ ​creeps​ ​through​ ​the​ ​streets​ ​leading​ ​to​ ​Checkpoint​ ​300,​ ​a 
border​ ​crossing​ ​between​ ​Bethlehem​ ​and​ ​Jerusalem.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​empty​ ​and​ ​silent.​ ​A​ ​coffee​ ​seller 
prepares​ ​his​ ​equipment.​ ​Near​ ​to​ ​him,​ ​a​ ​father​ ​arranges​ ​his​ ​goods​ ​on​ ​wooden​ ​planks, 
waiting​ ​for​ ​the​ ​arrival​ ​of​ ​hundreds​ ​of​ ​workers.