Film: Kavanah presents ‘Live from Bethlehem’ (Israel 2009) on February 16, 2010 at Rainbow Bookstore

A Film Screening & Presentation with Discussion to Follow
Tuesday, February 16, 7:00pm
Rainbow Bookstore Coop
426 W. Gilman St.
Madison

Emmy-nominated screenwriter and documentarian Matt Sienkiewicz will be presentingLive From Bethlehem in a special screening at Rainbow on February 16th.

The Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency (MNA) emerged out of the ashes of the second Intifada to become a significant independent news network in the Occupied West Bank and an increasingly prominent and influential journalistic force in the wider Middle East.

Live from Bethlehem tells MNA’s remarkable story. It chronicles the agency’s struggles and successes through the eyes of the station’s reporters, producers, and photographers, in the process quietly revealing the humanity of ordinary Palestinians as they go about their daily business.

The documentary trains its focus on people more than on abstract issues, yet it never loses sight of the myriad social and political forces and pressures that Ma’an journalists are forced to negotiate as they try to gather and report West Bank realities. What results is a nuanced portrait of how news gets produced, and how Palestinians live, in one of the world’s most troubled regions.

The film was released by the Media Education Foundation last September and was screened at the Rhode International Film Festival, Chicago Palestine Film Festival and Athens Film and Video Festival among many others.

Matt Sienkiewicz is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin. His other credits include the award winning comedy series Windy Acres and the Emmy-nominated television documentary Festa. His academic research focuses on Western involvement in Middle Eastern broadcasting initiatives and ethnic representation in US media.

For more information on the film, visit: www.livefrombethlehem.com