Combatants for Peace: “Billboard from Bethlehem”
…where the enemy gets a face
On Feb. 27, Squeaky Wheel Productions held a screening of this 1-hour film documentary featuring former Israeli soldiers and former Palestinian fighters, followed by a talk and reception with Producer/Director Bruce Barrett of IWagePeace.org and former Israel Defense Forces paratrooper Elik Elhanan.
“The Combatants for Peace and The Billboard from Bethlehem: Where the enemy gets a face,” is a compelling film chosen for the 2009 Kent Film Festival, which tells the stories of former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian combatants who come together with 100 children to paint a giant mural in the West Bank advocating a peaceful resolution to the decades-long Middle East conflict. The film, produced and directed by Bruce Barrett of IWagePeace.org, provides insight into the roots of the ongoing bloody conflict and provokes substantive discussion on how the obstacles to an enduring peace can be overcome.
2 to 4 p.m. Showing of Film followed by Talk
and Reception with light refreshments
with Bruce Barrett of IWagePeace.org
and former Israel Defense Forces paratrooper Elik Elhanan
Listen to an audio clip from the documentary.
Listen to Scott Harris' half-hour Counterpoint live interview with director Bruce Barrett.
Listen to a radio promo about the forum in MP3.
This forum was cosponsored by:
- Squeaky Wheel Productions
- The New Haven Advocate and Fairfield Weekly
Bruce Barrett editor of IWagePeace.org and sponsor of The Billboard from Bethlehem.
Bruce A. Barrett is partner with his brother John E. Barrett in Barrett Outdoor Communications Inc., a family billboard company in Connecticut. Bruce graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1985. After graduation, Bruce spent one year as a Missionary in Punta Arenas Chile, teaching English and running the youth group at Saint James Episcopal Church. Bruce is 2006 recipient of the Living Waters Award from the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ for working with youth and promoting peace and diversity. In 2006 Bruce created the billboard and Web site campaign www.IWagePeace.Org as a primer on active non-violent peace making. The Billboard from Bethlehem is his first film.
Former Israel Defense Forces paratrooper Sgt. Maj. Elik Elhanan is an Israeli soldier who has laid down his weapons of war, and is now fighting for peace with the tools of peace. He is a member of Combatants for Peace.