Galilee Film Festival Underway

Published: November 30th 2010
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At Ma'aleg Tarshisha in the Galilee, the second annual DocAviv Galil Film Festival began on Monday and will run through Thursday, Dec. 2.


For what seems to be a short film festival in length, it actually is boasting a 30 film roster and there will be many special programs, several of which are focused on the continued and future development of filmmaking in the periphery of the country (outside of the major centres such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem). Often communities in the north do not see as much culture as the main cities, or if people do wish to participate in cultural activities (concerts, festivals, etc.) they need to travel a great distance, and that is not always an option. The portrayal of communities in film is also not on par in areas such as the Galilee, so at this film festival there are NIS 1 million (1 Israeli shekel is currently about 27 cents American and 28 cents in Canadian currency) that will be awarded to filmmakers.


The grants are sponsored by the prestigious international documentary Film Festival, DocAviv, which has been held in the springtime for the last 12 years in Tel Aviv.


The central theme for several of the films at this year's Galilee festival is the exploration of identity. Three key films on this topic are: "I’m Not a Filipina," the story of a six-year-old girl who is born blind in Israel to a family from the Philippines; "Blood Relation," a look at a Palestinian woman who lives in a refugee camp and her cousin who is an officer in the Israeli army; and author Sayed Kashua’s "Forever Scared," where he examines for the public eye what it is like to be an Israeli Arab.


In addition to the culture of film, the festival is headlining two concerts, one by well-known musician David Broza, and by Israeli Indie Rock Band The Giraffes, led by front man Gilad Kahana, and considered by many to be the best performance band in the country.


General and ticket information can be found here


For those not in Israel, the site can also be visited to view clips of the films being shown at the DocAviv Galil Feilm Festival. The site is in Hebrew but there are enough visuals to be able to navigate the site if you do not speak the language.

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