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For Immediate Release
30 May 2012

“Across the Divide”

World Premiere of Documentary

Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Salt + Light Television Network of Canada

3 June 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Bethlehem, Palestine “Across the Divide” is a Salt and Light Television Network Canadian-produced documentary depicting the incredible steadfastness of the Vatican-sponsored Bethlehem University “caught in the cross-fire” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Across the Divide tells the remarkable, provocative story of the first Catholic institution of higher learning in Palestine,” says Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and executive producer of the documentary. “In a part of the world that has known so much conflict, animosity, monologue and despair, the Catholic Church's presence through Bethlehem University has offered a model of peace, friendship, dialogue and hope for the world."

“I don’t know when peace and justice will come to this troubled land.  But I do know that when it does come, what Palestine will need are people who are creative, ethical, committed to build this nation. That is what the people at Bethlehem University are about each and every day – forming that pool of people who are building the Kingdom of God here in the land of our Lord,” says Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University. 

“This film presents the story of Bethlehem University, caught in the middle of a sad reality of injustice, violence, intolerance and fear that dishonour the Holy Land, a land that should be a wellspring of hope and faith,” says Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver. “By watching this film, viewers will take a positive step toward building a future of political and religious peace and justice in the region.”

Salt + Light, the Canadian documentary film producer and television network, will hold the global premiere of its most recent production, Across the Divide, in Vancouver, British Columbia on Sunday, 3 June 2012 at 7 pm. Co-presented by The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), The Archdiocese of Vancouver and The B.C. Catholic, the premiere will be at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema located in SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Tickets are available by phone (1-888-302-7181 ext. 238), online ( and onsite (limited).

 Across the Divide offers a glimmer of hope for the divided region through the heroic actions of the De La Salle Brothers, faculty, staff and students two-thirds of whom are Muslim and one-third of whom are Christian) at Bethlehem University who sacrifice everything each and every day for their education and a better future for the Holy Land. The film captures the drama of a campus that, like the lives of its students, bears the scars of the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Media review copies available upon request on DVD or via private URL.
Documentary under embargo until June 3, 2012 at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT.

Across the Divide will also be screened at events in Halifax (June 25), Toronto (September 5) and Ottawa (September 19) as well as Montreal and Windsor at later dates. Each event will be followed by a Questions and Answers period with an expert panel.

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Immediately following the hour-long documentary in Vancouver, there will be a panel discussion composed of Archbishop J. Michael Miller, Father Thomas Rosica from Salt and Light, Carl Hetu, executive director at CNEWA Canada, and Brother Jack Curran, Vice President for Development at Bethlehem University, and moderated by Kris Dmytrenko, writer and co-director of Across the Divide.

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About Bethlehem University

Providing quality higher education to the people of Palestine, Bethlehem University is the first university established in the West Bank. Serving as a center for the advancement, sharing, and use of knowledge, Bethlehem University traces its roots to 1893 when the De La Salle Christian Brothers opened schools in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Nazareth, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt. Emphasizing excellence in academic programs and the development of students as committed people to assume leading positions in society, Bethlehem University was founded in 1973 through the joint efforts of Palestinian educators, community leaders, the Vatican and the international Catholic religious order of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. A founding member of the Palestinian Council for Higher Education, Bethlehem University is a member of the Association of Arab Universities, International Federation of Catholic Universities, and the Lasallian Association of Colleges and Universities. As a Catholic Christian co-educational institution of higher learning welcoming students of all faith traditions, Bethlehem University aspires to fostering shared values, moral principles and dedication to serving the common good among more than 3,000 students in undergraduate and post-graduate master degree and diploma programs in the Arts, Business Administration, Education, Nursing, Science, and Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism as well as with continuing education and professional diploma students in the Institute for Community Partnership.

About Salt + Light

Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation is a charitable organization devoted to spreading the light of Christ through modern and mass media — television, internet, radio, documentaries and other forms of social communication. Born on the wings of World Youth Day, Salt + Light harnesses the energy, zeal and idealism of youthful communicators to help identify, produce and share stories of hope and the teachings of the Church with the world.

Salt + Light Availability

Rogers – 240

Cogeco – 185

EastLink – 356

Shaw – 160

Shaw Hamilton – 387

Telus – 159

Videotron – 242

Sogetel – 28

Bell Fibe (select cities)

All programming is also available through live stream at

Media representatives are invited to schedule interviews, receive footage/b-roll or request further information through the contact below:


Daniel Torchia
Salt + Light
Skype: aniel.torchia2

Carl Hétu
CNEWA Canada


Paul Schratz
Archdiocese of Vancouver
604 683 0281


Patti Riippa
Bethlehem University North American Office

Skype: dcoffice.bethlehemuniversity

Communications Office

George N. Rishmawi

George N. Rishmawi
Communications Officer
+972 2 274 1241 Ext. 2421

Jenny Hodali
Communications Officer

+972 2 274 1241 Ext. 2314
Fax: +972-2-274-4440

Physical Address:
Rue des Freres No. 9
P.O. Box 9 Bethlehem - Palestine

Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine