The Living of Pigeons

Event Date

9:45 a.m.      Sunday November 10th            Christ the King Lutheran Church         10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA

It's 1:30 after midnight, the cold is sneaking. The streets leading to the checkpoint named ‘300’ are empty and silent. The apartheid wall touches the checkpoint; the coffee man is preparing his stuff, while close to him, his father who is in his late 50s has already started displaying their wares on wooden planks. All awaits the arrival of hundreds of workers shortly, and what happens next is something that eyes don't often see.  “The Living of Pigeons” is a haunting glimpse of the surreal early morning hours --- a compelling insight into the daily lived experience of Palestinian workers at the “rush hour” at Checkpoint 300, which separates Bethlehem in the West Bank from Jerusalem.  This documentary film was created by Palestinian director Baha Abu Shanab when he was still a student at  Dar Al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem.  It won the Best Documentary at the Zayed University Middle East Film Festival in 2015.