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The winner of the Venice Ramallah withdrawn from the festival because of pressure from BDS

Directorate of film festival in Ramallah refused to show the film by the Lebanese Director Ziad, Doueiri «Insult». The ribbon was meant to close the international film festival «cinema Days».

«Insult» on the basis of a relationship between two people tells the story of sectarian and ethnic conflict that has torn Lebanon. The tape caused a sensation at the Venice film festival, and the Palestinian actor Kamel al-Basha was awarded the prize for leading male role.

The decision was taken by the municipality of Ramallah, serving as one of the organizers of the festival. In her published statement said that the main aim of the authorities is the preservation of the social unity and maintain social order.

The cancellation was the result of pressure from the BDS movement in favour of a boycott of Israel. It considered it unacceptable that his previous film, «Attack», the Director made in Israel. It is based on the novel by Algerian writer Yasmin Hadri about the doctor, an Israeli Arab, whose wife commits a suicide bombing.

The Director, who worked as an operator on several films of Quentin Tarantino, said that a child used to demonize the Israelis, but while working on the film found that the Israelis share the same values as him.

«Because Head, Duare remains committed to the normalization, the demonstration of his films in the Arab festivals – whatever the intentions of the organizers are supporting his destructive approach,» the statement reads BDS.

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The winner of the Venice Ramallah withdrawn from the festival because of pressure from BDS 24.10.2017

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