2000 years after the birth of local boy Jesus Christ, what’s it like growing up on the mean streets of Bethlehem today? Impeccably shot by Palestinian children themselves, these 5 self-directed vignettes show what it’s like to fall in love, fly a kite, and build a garden in a refugee camp.

Refraining from sensationalism, this film shows the human side of growing up in a war zone.

This project was born out of a month of film-making workshops conducted with a group of children (age 8 to 13) in the West Bank town. The children shot and recorded every image and piece of sound, and the results are truly amazing.