Thursday, September 13, 2018

3 Moroccan films at the Haifa Israeli Film Festival provoke outrage against opponents of normalization

3 Moroccan films at the Haifa Israeli Film Festival provoke outrage against opponents of normalization

Three Moroccan directors are preparing to present their latest films at the Israeli Film Festival in Haifa, which will kick off next week, which angered the Moroccan anti-normalizationists who saw the move as provocative, especially as it coincided with the rapid development of the Palestinian cause on the ground. The declaration of "Jerusalem as the capital of Israel" and the international outrage at the continuing violent attacks on the return marches, every Friday.

According to the official website of the 34th session of the Haifa International Film Festival, which will be officially launched on September 22, Moroccan directors Nabil Ayouch, Marimi Benmabark and Nargis Al Najjar will participate in the latest film.

It is expected that the film "Gazia", ​​the latest Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch's films, will be screened on September 25 and 27, and the film "Sophia" will be screened by Moroccan director Mariam Benmabark on September 23 and 28, The film "Without a Identity" by Moroccan director Nargis Al-Najjar on September 28 and 30 in Haifa.

For his part, the activist, known for his anti-normalization, Cyud Asidon, took a long sketch about the participation of the three Moroccan directors in the Haifa festival, especially in view of the context in which they are being criticized and asking about their possible participation in an Israeli festival.

The controversial festival is run by Yona Yahav, a lawyer, a prominent Israeli politician, and a former member of the Knesset. He also holds the position of managing an economic institution for the city and managing the Haifa theater.

With 280 film screenings from 40 different countries, the Haifa International Film Festival does what cinema does best- it tells stories. The festival covers a large range of political, cultural, and religious themes, allowing audiences to hear stories which are often untold.

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