Israelphobia? The New York Times reports on another withdrawal from the Melbourne International Film Festival:
BRITISH director Ken Loach has withdrawn his film Looking for Eric from the Melbourne International Film Festival in protest against the Israeli government's sponsorship of another filmmaker, AFP reported. The Israeli government provided airfare for Tatia Rosenthal, whose film 9.99 is an Israeli-Australian co-production.
The Jerusalem Post reports on a film Loach may approve of:
THE first feature film produced by Hamas made its debut this weekend. The action-packed thriller is being shown to segregated audiences of bearded men and veiled women. "It's Hamaswood instead of Hollywood," Fathi Hamad, Gaza's Hamas Interior Minister said. "We are trying to make quality art that is Islamic and about the resistance, without provocative (sexual) scenes." Hamad doubled as producer and the screenplay was penned by Mahmoud Zahar, the Gaza strongman seen as one of the architects of the group's violent takeover of Gaza two years ago (and who) has always had an artistic streak, with three novels and two screenplays to his credit. Gaza's cinemas were closed down in the late 1980s because activists across the Palestinian territories felt entertainment was inappropriate at a time of struggle.