The Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency (MNA) emerged out of the ashes of the second Intifada to become the only independent news network in the Palestinian Territories 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 balanced information. What results is an admirably nuanced portrait of how news gets produced, and how Palestinians live, in one of the world's most troubled regions.
Live from Bethlehem : what do you really know about Palestine? / Allston Street Films ; a film by Matt Sienkiewicz and Joseph C. Sousa ; produced by Matt Sienkiewicz and Joseph C. Sousa.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
Videographer, Matt Sienkiewicz; co-producer, Amira Hanania; editors, Walter Blazewicz, Cob Carlson, Joseph C. Sousa.
Originally produced by Media Education Foundation in 2009.
Grade 9+; Higher education.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Blazewicz, Walter.; Carlson, Cob.; Hanania, Amira.; Sienkiewicz, Matt.; Sousa, Joseph C.
Media Education Foundation Collection njcore00000000080