Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Activists are calling for a BOYCOTT of THE 2010 TEL AVIV INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Students'Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) call on students, lecturers and filmmakers to boycott the 13th International Student Film Festival, scheduled for June 2010 in the city of Tel Aviv. PACBI and PSCABI believe that this festival, as with similar cultural initiatives supported by the Israeli government, is openly designed to whitewash the crimes of Israeli apartheid.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11016.shtml

I disagree with this as I attended the Tel Aviv festival a few years ago and it gave me first hand experience of life in Palestine. I also got another activist film maker into the country and he made a great film, the 4th World War which showed life under Israeli rule. Boycotts can be useful but to stop film makers sharing their views of the world on screen is wrong. Israeli students are hammered every day with government propaganda. They feel under threat and are living in fear just as Palestinian people are. If foreign film makers can meet and explain how they see the world, then that can't be a bad thing.