Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ and home of the Church of Nativity, is one of the most sacred places for Christians in the Holy Land. We have been providing film and video production services in Bethlehem for almost twenty years. And we continue to do so for the world’s leading broadcasters and production companies.
Highlight Films has professional production teams of experienced Palestinian producers, location managers and
camera crews. Every year, we produce dozens of TV shows, film and video productions in Bethlehem. Among them, historical and religious documentary films; concerts and music shows; news reports and investigative journalism projects dealing with the contemporary political issues; Dramatic re-enactments and more.
Like the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, three Christian denominations control the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem: The Franciscans, the Greek Orthodox and the Armenians. All three branches must approve in advance the filming on site.
Bethlehem is in the area of the Palestinian Authority (area A). In principle, Israelis cannot legally enter Bethlehem. Most visitors stop at a checkpoint and present their passports, but the passage for visitors is usually fast and efficient. Therefore the travel time from central Jerusalem to central Bethlehem is 30-60 minutes, including the time spent at the checkpoint.
Many filmmakers choose the border between Bethlehem and Jerusalem as the visual icon of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The separation wall near Bethlehem has turned into an impressive outdoor canvas for artists. Bethlehem checkpoint, near Rachel’s Tomb, is a regular point of friction between the Israeli security forces and protesting Palestinians.
We have aerial footage clips of the Church of Nativity in our stock footage website. However, the Israeli authorities recently announced that drone filming by Palestinians is strictly forbidden.
Interested in filming in Bethlehem? So give us a call, and we’d be glad to offer our film and video production services in Bethlehem.