Leila Sansour is a Palestinian film maker. She is also the founder and spokesperson of Open Bethlehem and a well-known speaker on issues of the Middle East. She has written articles and given talks at the British parliament, The Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs (UK), The Royal College of Defense, The Carter Centre, Amnesty International and many other venues. She began her career in television working as a producer and commissioning editor for MBC and then moved to produce 15 episodes of Al Jazeera’s leading documentary series, Encounter in Exile. She is best known for her feature-length documentary, Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army, 2003, a tragicomic film shot with celebrated comedian Jeremy Hardy. Leila’s latest film, Open Bethlehem, was released at the end of 2014.

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