Planet Bethlehem

Start: Oct 10, 2012 05:00 PM

Location: Room 412, Institute of Archaeology

Leila Sansour on 'Planet Bethlehem'

The second seminar in the series on 'New Approaches to the Past: Methodological Innovations in Heritage Research' organised by the Heritage Studies Section and Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies will take place at the Institute on 10 October.

Leila Sansour (Filmmaker and Chief Executive, Open Bethlehem) will give a seminar entitled 'Planet Bethlehem' and all are welcome.


Leila Sansour left Bethlehem as a teenager, only returning in 2005 to document the construction of a vast wall around the city by Israel. With camera in hand she intended to spend one year recording the life of a town in crisis. Seven years later, she has created one of the largest visual archives of Bethlehem and a feature length documentary on the project - Operation Bethlehem - which will shortly be released in the UK.

This paper focuses on the processes of collecting an archive and producing a film under such circumstances. For Sansour, The act of collecting and recording cause us to question the way we tell our stories and construct heritage.

Sansour is an acclaimed British/Palestinian film maker. She holds a masters degree in philosophy and has produced numerous documentaries for Aljazeera, but is perhaps best known in the UK for her feature documentary Jeremy Hardy v The Israeli Army.

Any enquiries about the seminar series may be directed to organisers Colin Sterling and Eleni Vomvyla.