We close out curating some of the works from Ethnocine Collective by showcasing two episodes from Laura Menchaca Ruiz and Khader U. Handal's Hay Betl7em (2018–2020). Hay Betl7em is a series of episodes that disrupts the common narratives and perceptions that narrowly define Palestine as a "war-torn" landscape. These episodes gift us with an alternative purview for encountering Palestinian experience. They provide us with a different stock of images that center on ordinary life in Bethlehem, and the gestures of care and sociality that sustain life for many Palestinians.
The two character-oriented episodes, Qahwe Dayme and Beit Ashams, bring us closer to the lives of Eilda Zaghmout and Sami Khmes through a collaborative approach to filmmaking with them. From these scenes, we get a sense of the rapport and sustained relations the filmmakers have established with their interlocutors. We also get a sense of these characters' forms of life in the community, as well as their singular charm and affect.