Bethlehem 2001

Ibrahim Handal


While reflecting on the present, a young Palestinian recalls childhood memories of the military invasion and siege of Bethlehem. By trying to understand how his parents led him though those difficult times.


  • Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland, 2020.
  • Medfilm Festival, Italy, 2020.
  • Palestinian Film Festival in Romania, 2020.
  • Bristol Palestinian Film Festival, UK, 2020.
  • Palestine - Filmer c'est exister, France, 2020.
  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France, 2021.
  • Nazra Palestine short Film Festival, Venice, Italy, 2021.
  • Busan International Short Film Festival, South Korea, 2021.
  • Fajr International Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, 2021.
  • Les percéides, Canada, 2021.
  • Jayu, Canada, 2021.
  • Courts d'un soir, Canada, 2021.
  • Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Canada, 2021.
  • Twin Cities Arab film Festival, USA, 2021.
  • Boston Palestine Film Festival, USA, 2021.
  • London Palestine Film Festival, UK, 2021.
  • Ciné-Palestine, France, 2023.
Bethlehem 2001

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Director: Ibrahim Handal

Cast: Hind Abushkaidem- Yousef Abushakaidem- Muhammad Mughrabi-Karam al-Salaymeh

Script: Ibrahim Handal

DOP: Ibrahim Handal

Editing: Ibrahim Handal | Bilal Abu Alia

Sound: Saliba Rishmawi

Production: Ibrahim Handal, Wisam Aljafari


Original: Arabic, English
Subtitles: French, English



Ibrahim Handal
Ibrahim Handal

Ibrahim Handal is a cinematographer and filmmaker whom graduated in Cinematography in 2019 from Dar Al-Kalima University. He worked as a director of photography on several short films: Bethlehem 2001 (2020, Officially selected in Locarno, Clermont Ferrand, Busan and many others) AMBIENCE by Wissam Al Jafari (2019, Cannes Cinéfondation winner), SAWSAN (2019), BETWEEN YOU AND ME (2020). He directed three short films: COLD (2017, 5 ', experimental), HIM AND I (2019, 13', fiction) and BETHLEHEM 2001 (2020).He also worked on several feature film productions in Palestine in the camera and lighting departments. Ibrahim is in development of his first feature film.

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