Minnesota Film Festival


In celebration of Bright Stars’ 15th Anniversary,

partner Congregations across the Twin Cities, MN are hosting a city-wide film festival,

featuring Palestinian films, including many by our Dar al-Kalima students and faculty.

All proceeds go to support the work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem and its arts and cultural initiatives through Dar al-Kalima University for Palestinian children, students, families and older adults.


Sun., September 15, 9:30am, “Salt of the Earth”

“Palestinian Christians in the Northern West Bank” is a series of documentary short films examining the lives of nine Palestinian Christians living in and around the cities of Jenin and Nablus. Mount Olive, 3405 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55407 Contact: Judy Hinck, JudyHinck@gmail.com

Sun., Sept. 29, 6pm, “Salt of the Earth”

See previous description. Lord of Life Lutheran, 6190 Fairview Road, Baxter, MN 56425 Contact: Colleen Bush,colleen.bush@lolbaxter.org

Tues., October 1, 6:30pm, “The Stones Cry Out”

Christianity was born in Palestine two thousand years ago. From there it spread throughout the Middle East and to the rest of the world. Yet many are unaware Christians still live in the land. Gloria Dei Lutheran 700 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, MN 55116 Contact: Pastor Lois Pallmeyer, prlois@gloriadeistpaul.org

Sun., October 6, 12:15pm, “The Living of the Pigeons”

A haunting glimpse of the surreal early morning hours and the daily experience of “rush hour” at Checkpoint 300, which separates Bethlehem in the West Bank from Jerusalem. Central Lutheran Church, 333 South 12th St., Minneapolis, MN, 55404 Contact: Church office 612.870.4416.

Wed., October 9, 6:30pm, “Killing Gaza”

More than a documentary about Palestinian resilience and suffering, it is a chilling visual document of war crimes committed by the Israeli military, featuring direct testimony and evidence from the survivors. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 East 31st St., Minneapolis, MN 55406 Contact: office@htlcmpls.org or 612.729.8358

Sat., October 12, 10am, “Ghetto/The Coffee Pot”

Ghetto showcases Issa who was deprived of living in the old city of Hebron for a long time because of the occupation and is trying to help the rest of the Palestinians there. The Coffee Pot is when a man is unable to get an Israeli work permit and sets up a coffee stop for his neighbors. A third short film will be a surprise. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55409 Contact: Matthew Johnson, mrjohnson75@gmail.com

Sun., Oct. 13/20, 11am, “Imprisoning a Generation”

(a 51-minute film with four parts: first two on Oct. 13, last two on Oct. 20)

Documentary about young Palestinians detained and imprisoned. Their perspectives, along with the voices of their families, form a lens into the entangled structures of oppression that expand well beyond the prison walls. Lord of Life Lutheran, 7401 County Road 101, Maple Grove, MN 55311 Contact: Matthew Johnson email:  mrjohnson75@usa.net (for Oct. 13 screening), Bev Mello, bevm@lordoflife.org

Tues., October 15, 7pm, “The Wanted 18”

Documentary with some animation about Palestinians who wanted to start a small local dairy industry during the first Intifada by hiding a herd of 18 dairy cows from Israeli security forces when the dairy collective was deemed a threat to Israel’s national security. Edina Community Lutheran Church, 4113 W. 54th St., Edina, MN 55424 Contact: Carla Carlson, carlsoncb@gmail.com

Sat., October 19, 7pm, “The Coffee Pot”/ “The Living of the Pigeons”

See previous descriptions. Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, 5440 Penn Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55419 Contact: Mary Albing, lccr@me.com

Sun. October 20, 6:30pm, ‘‘The Stones Cry Out”

See previous description. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley, MN 55124 Contact: Julie Opheim, Julie.Opheim@sotv.org

Sun., October 20, 7pm, “The Wanted 18”

See previous description. St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 8400 France Ave., Bloomington, MN 55431 Contact: Julie Magnus, jmagnus@ststephen.net

Sunday, October 20, 11:45am, “Ambience”

Palestinian filmmaker Wisam al-Jafari, a student at Dar al-Kalima in Bethlehem, placed third at the Cannes Film Festival from among 2,000 submissions by students from around the world. Two young Palestinians try to record a music demo inside a noisy refugee camp. A short discussion will follow. Westminster Hall in Westminster Presbyterian, 1200 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55408 Contact: Church Information Desk 612.332.3421

Tues., October 22, 7pm, “Praise of the Wounds”

Praise of the Wounds follows the complicated journey of a Jerusalemite mother and her child trying to reach Al-Aqsa Mosque from their home. Showing the mother’s dignified persistence on the journey and the model of courage she presents to her son, she teaches him to take pride in his birthright. Community Life Luther Seminary, 2481 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108 Contact: Pr. Jennifer Grandgaard, jgrangaard001@luthersem.edu

Wed., Oct. 23, 6:30pm, “The Living of the Pigeons”

Following dinner at 6pm, see previous description. Liberty Community Church, 3700 Bryant Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55412 Contact: Rev. Alida Galloway, rgall60099@aol.com

Wed., October 23, 8:30pm, “Praise of the Wounds”

Preceded by worship at 8pm, see previous description. Augsburg University Foss Center Hoversten Chapel, 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454 Contact: Justin Lind-Ayres, lindayre@augsburg.edu

Thursday, October 24, 7pm, “The Coffee Pot”/ “The Living of the Pigeons”

See previous description. University Lutheran Church of Hope, 601-13th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414  Contact: John Setterlund, john.setterlund@gmail.com

Sunday, October 27, 9:15am, “Home Front”

Shepherd of the Hill Church, 145 Engler Blvd., Chaska, MN

Contact: Pastor Dean Seal sealledean@gmail.com, 952-448-3882