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Over 100 LGBTQ Filmmakers Boycott Israeli Film Festival

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Around 130 people have come out in the filming world to make a decision, which includes at least 100 LGBTQIA+ members as well. These people will not be attending Israel’s film festival in Tel Aviv, called TLVFest. The government-sponsored LGBT film festival is not getting on a good start as more than 100 LGBTQIA+ members will boycott it. That is to show support to Palestine’s own such community.

LGBTQ Filmmakers Boycott TLVFest For Palestine

The pledge was organized by a Palestinian queer organization and PACBI. The organization is an academic and cultural arm of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, which is a pro-Palestinian activist group.  The people here aim to cut global cultural ties with Israel. This is to highlight the country’s treatment of Palestinians in Israel and the surrounding territories.

Among the signatories are Palme d’Or nominee Alain Guiraudie, Turner Prize winner Charlotte Prodger and award-winning Indian documentary filmmaker Harjant Gill. Ian Iqbal Rashid, the director of Touch of Pink and Raquel Freire who is a Portuguese director/filmmaker is also in the list.

The Hollywood Reporter exclusively broke the news about the boycott of LGBTQ filmmakers. Thomas Allen Harris who is a Tribeca Nelson Mandel Award winner, and Su Friedrich, who is an award-winning avant-garde filmmaker. Ellen Flanders, Tamira Sawatzky, Catherine Gund, Adelina Anthony, Marisa Becerra, and Sarah Schulman are some of the notable mentions among the signatories. Film scholars Thomas Waugh, Alis Lebow, Alexandra Juhasz, Shohini Ghosh, Marc Siegel and So Mayer are also in the list. Here is what the statement says about the signatories:

“[They are] intimately connected to the liberation of all oppressed peoples and communities…. [And commit] not to submit films or otherwise participate in TLVFest or other events partially or fully sponsored by complicit Israeli institutions until Israel complies with international law and respects Palestinian human rights.”

The 15th TLVFest is taking place on June 4 till 13 of 2020.

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