The Billboard From Bethlehem with The Combatants For Peace
On Memorial Day Week End of 2007, I Wage Peace founder and Connecticut native Bruce Barrett, with artist Russell Rainbolt, and Documentary film maker Tom Jackson, joined 100 Israeli and Palestinian children and former Israeli soldiers and former Palestinian armed resisters to hand paint a giant 48-foot long Peace mural in the West Bank of occupied Palestine. The sign was received at religious services in the West Bank and Israel, then shipped to the United States to a Connecticut mosque, a synagogue, and a church, and finally posted on Connecticut Interstate I-95 and RT 84. Their journey with the handpainted sign is documented in this award winning film which has screened internationally and received four film festival awards.
"A must see...The Billboard From Bethlehem is the story of a real battle, launched by the combatants, who, knowing the price of war, have opted for peace instead." ......Dr. Anat Biletzki, Chairperson of the Board, B'Tselem, 2001-2006
"By bringing together Palestinians and Israelis, Barrett provides an opportunity to break down stereotypes and to foster human community across borders and across cultures. The story of The Billboard from Bethlehem is worth seeing." ...... Dr. Peter E. Makari Executive, Middle East and Europe, Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
"I watched this [film] shedding tears both of sadness and of hope... it captures the human spirit to rise above tragedy." ......Rabbi Herbert Brockman, Ph.D., D.D. Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden CT
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Screening the Film
We do not charge you for a screening of our documentary. We ask only that you purchase your screening copy for $14.99, to cover our costs for the DVD, and though not required, we ask that you follow these Terms and conditions:
1. The screening must be free of charge where possible, however a maximum charge of $5 USD (or equivalent local currency) is permissible where the cost of venue or equipment has been incurred.
2. It is permissible to raise money to pay the costs of your screening through any of the following means: - Purchasing DVD copies of The Billboard From Bethlehem at wholesale prices and selling them at the event - Holding a raffle or fundraiser for your group or organization or - Asking for donations after the screening.
3. You will not duplicate, web cast, or (unless you are a public access station) broadcast the film in any way.
4. If you are a public access station or an individual who would like to submit the film to their local public access channel, we will send you a 59 minute made for broadcast version of the film.
The Billboard From Bethlehem is owned by Billboard Documentary Films LLC and is protected under U.S. Copyright law.
Thank you for Waging Peace,
Bruce A. Barrett
Director/Producer, The Billboard From Bethlehem