Screening and Discussion: “Live from Bethlehem” with Matt Sienkiewicz
Matt Sienkiewicz is associate professor of Communication and International Studies at Boston College. He has written extensively on international propaganda, media, and soft power. His 2016 book, The Other Air Force: U.S. Efforts to Reshape Middle Eastern Media since 9/11 (Rutgers UP) was named “outstanding” by the American Society of University Presses.
Having traveled extensively in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Sienkiewicz wrote and co-produced Live from Bethlehem (2011), a critically acclaimed documentary exploring independent media in this conflict zone. Live from Bethlehem chronicles the struggles, failures and triumphs of the Ma’an News Network, the only major independent news source in the Palestinian Territories. Following the lives of the station’s reporters, producers and photographers, this documentary provides an in-depth, balanced look into the challenges of making news in one of the world’s most combative regions. A highly observational film, Live From Bethlehem focuses more on people than politics while still engaging with questions of gender equality and freedom of expression in the evolving Palestinian mediascape.
A Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the screening. The event is co-sponsored by the department of communication studies, the Peabody Media Center, and the Willson Center.