Multicultural effort for peace featured in 3 free films in June


A trio of thought-provoking films about Israelis and Palestinians working together for justice and peace in Israel-Palestine are planned for the 2014 Palestine Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by the Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, the series features films in which Israelis and Palestinians tell stories of how the Middle East conflict has impacted their lives.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 10, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1050 Cedar Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with a brief question-and-answer period.

7 p.m., June 10: “Voices Across the Divide” is a documentary and oral history project by Sharon Mullally and Jewish American Alice Rothchild that explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through rarely heard personal stories. Interviews with Palestinians in North America, interlaced with historical photographs and footage, create a powerful and intimate documentary.

7 p.m., June 17: “My Neighborhood”—When a Palestinian boy loses half of his home to Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem, he joins his community in a campaign of nonviolent protests. Efforts to put a quick end to the demonstrations are foiled when scores of Israelis choose to stand by the residents’ side.

7 p.m., June 24: “The Stones Cry Out”—Christianity was born in Palestine 2,000 years ago. For more than 60 years, the Palestinians—Christians and Muslims—have suffered displacement, expulsion, wars, occupation and oppression. The voices of Palestinian Christians have often been drowned out in the turmoil of events. This is their story, in their voices.

NJP is an ecumenical group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. Members of the committee are available to speak about their experiences in Palestine/Israel.

For more information about the event or NJP, contact committee member Allison Schmitt at