Culture Ministry to examine Nakba Film Festival

The Ministry will send representatives to view the films and determine whether they meet the criteria set by Minister Regev.
Tel Aviv's Cinematheque building Photo credit: Google Maps/Channel 2 News

The Culture Ministry will send representatives to review the Nakba Film Festival, which will take place at Tel Aviv's Cinematheque over the upcoming weekend. The festival, which has been held annually since 2013, presents films that revolve around the Nakba – literally "catastrophe" – a Palestinian term for the 1948 expulsion following Israel's Independence War. The films were made both by Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers.

An examination committee has been set up in order to determine whether or not the films meet the criteria set by Culture Minister Miri Regev, according to which no piece of art should "encourage incitement or racism." The committee includes six members of the Film Review Council.

The Cinematheque, which enjoys partial government funding, has rejected any request to cancel the festival, citing the Freedom of Expression and claiming that it was not illegal by any means.

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