The Billboard From Bethlehem

67mins2010DocumentaryNR

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Israeli veterans who served in Gaza, Lebanon, and the West Bank, Palestinian fighters who grew up under occupation, trained in Jordan, fought and were imprisoned, courageously face their enemies alone and (they hope) unarmed. With help from the owner of an American billboard company, (Bruce Barrett, director/producer) The Combatants For Peace bring children from both sides, to hand paint a giant "peace mural" in the West Bank of Palestine. Calling them "true heroes," Barrett guides us through the conflict as experienced by the fighters, weaving facts, images, and personal reflections with the engaging visual talisman of a hundred children and peace warriors from opposite sides hand painting their message of peace and justice for all. The 48-foot billboard returns to the United States to visit a mosque, a synagogue, and a church, before being displayed on a busy American highway.

The Combatants are gripping in their honesty, love for country, and courage under fire. In the words of Rabbi Herbert Brockman, The Billboard From Bethlehem is "a monumental work, not because it was conceived that way, not because it is large; but in its hope that peace is possible, and that we must do everything in our power to promote an end to the violence that violates the idea that all people are made in Gods' image. It is well worth seeing."

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