Filmen «The Other Dreamers» regissert av Roy Zafrani – en dokumentar som følger flere funksjonshemmede barn gjennom ett år, og som har vært vist under filmfestivaler i USA, Storbritannia, Spania, Italia, Sveits, Bosnia, Russland, Australia, Colombia og India – er ifølge The Times of Israel blitt nektet å delta under en norsk filmfestival.

Begrunnelsen er at festivalen støtter den akademiske og kulturelle boikotten av Israel.

“I’m sorry but we can’t show this film,” a letter from the organizers to Zafrani said. “We support the academic and cultural boycott of Israel so unless the films are about the illegal occupation, or deals with the occupation or the blockade of Gaza, or otherwise about the discrimination of Palestinians, we can’t show them.”

Zafrani denounced the decision while declining to name the film festival in question.

“Film is meant to bring people together, not drive them apart,” he told the paper. “I see films from all over the world, from Syria to Iran, and learn about the people beyond their leadership. No one would boycott an Iranian director because of what his government does, so if he doesn’t get that sort of reception, neither should I.”

Zafrani maintained that the film received no funding from the Israeli government.

“It’s absurd. I’m not a political man. I am not responsible for my government’s actions,” he said. “This is an entirely independent film, with zero funding from Israeli public grants, so the boycott cannot even be justified by saying that it was made with government support.”

Enkelte terrorbevegelser er av den oppfatning at det ikke finnes sivile i Israel. En norsk filmfestival målbærer i praksis den samme oppfatningen, og blir dermed litt å regne som en del av bevegelsenes propaganda-apparat.

 

The Times of Israel

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