The concept that cinema has the power to stimulate reflection and action in favor of a more just reality is the very essence of the Film Festival on Solidarity and Human Rights, which takes place from 9 to December 18 at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.
The festival, now in its 11th edition, will screen more than 80 Israeli and international films, from 30 countries, including award-winning feature films and documentaries seen at major festivals around the world, covering a wide range of of questions and struggles.
Some deal with democracy, globalization, refugees, occupation and nationality law, discrimination, racism, the status of women, the LGBT community, children and youth, people with disabilities. , freedom of expression, workers’ rights, hunger, poverty, food security, environmental justice and the climate crisis.
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For the first time, the festival will include a competition for international films dealing with human rights, with a number of films being screened for the first time in Israel.
The Israeli part of the festival includes a competition for Israeli human rights films, with categories for feature films, shorts and student films.
There is also a separate competition for films created by high school students, to support their interest in political and social issues.
Screenings of selected Israeli films on human rights will also be organized, as well as discussions with directors on cinema and the search for social justice and human rights.
One of these events will be organized with the famous director Amos Gitai, to mark his 40 years of making films on human rights.
“We present social and political topics to the Israeli public in order to awaken the thoughts and actions of people for a fairer and better Israel,” said Danny Wilensky, co-founder of the festival.