Bethlehem

Bethlehem

Downloadable Video - 2013 | Hebrew
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Bethlehem tells the story of the complex relationship between Razi, an Israeli Secret Service officer, and his teenage Palestinian informant Sanfur. Sanfur is the younger brother of Ibrahim, a highly wanted Palestinian militant. Razi, determined to capture or assassinate Ibrahim, recruited Sanfur when he was just 15, investing all his energy in the kid and developing a very intimate, almost fatherly relationship with him. Sanfur, who has always lived in his brother's shadow, thrives on Razi's attention. Now 17, he struggles to navigate between Razi's demands and his loyalty to his brother, living a double life and lying to both. When the Israeli Secret Service discovers how deeply involved Sanfur is in his brother's activities, Razi is accused of crossing professional lines and is ordered to sacrifice Sanfur in an upcoming attempt to assassinate Ibrahim. As preparations for the military strike are underway both Razi and Sanfur are forced to make choices that will irreversibly change their lives. Co-written by Israeli director Yuval Adler, and Ali Waked, an Arab journalist who spent years in the West Bank, and based on extensive research, "Bethlehem" transcends perspectives, revealing the impossible situations and moral dilemmas associated with the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Branch Call Number: Movie/TV Download
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 99 min.)) : sound, color

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harrybrowne Jul 28, 2015

A brutal and ugly story, simply told with no gimmicks or fancy effects. The suspense builds slowly and steadily, as does the horror.

The moral dilemmas are obvious. Factions within factions, fighting foes and themselves. Anywhere and everywhere, it's all about politics and power.

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empbee
Feb 21, 2015

Good but sad movie about using children for politics and turning them against every human being.

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jasperdola
Jul 28, 2014

I suggest watching this with "Omar" (by the director of 'Paradise Now'). The order of watching is up to you, but will make a difference in how you perceive the messages.

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