Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Bright Stars of Bethlehem: "Room for Hope" Celebration

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Bright Stars of Bethlehem: "Room for Hope" Celebration

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Bright Stars of Bethlehem's 5th annual "Room for Hope" celebration of Palestinian art and culture ran from Sept. 19 to 22 in Washington, DC at a multitude of venues, before moving on to Connecticut. The festival aims to raise money for scholarships to help youth in the Holy Land study music, dance, cooking and other arts. On Sept. 20, guests enjoyed an evening of music, delicious food and a film screening at the Monroe Street Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC.

"We are here to make sure that Palestinians have a future, so that they have hope and something to live for and that they not give up," Bright Stars co-founder and president Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb told guests. "Our mission is to look for the gifts that God gave the young people of Palestine and to mentor them so that they can excel in their profession and in life."

Saed Andoni, film program coordinator at the Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture in Bethlehem and a co-producer of "The Wanted 18," introduced the award-winning documentary "The Living of the Pigeons" by his student, Baha' Abu Shanab. …

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