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Mary Under Occupation

In occupied Bethlehem, two Muslim actresses rehearse a play that explores what the Virgin Mary means to modern-day Palestinians. The American playwright weaves the voices of 22 interviewees into a production that allows the actresses to voice both their feminism and their resistance to the occupation in the same way that Mary resisted Roman occupation. The film culminates in performances at San José State University where the actresses introduce themselves and Palestinian culture to a U. S. audience, hoping to break widely held stereotypes about Muslims and Palestinian people.

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