Israeli Film Deprogrammed From Film Festival in Egypt
After protests by an Egyptian jury member, Keren Ben Rafael's film has been withdrawn from the festival.
According to Ennahar Online, a short film has been deprogrammed from a film festival in Cairo after an Egyptian jury member protested against the fact that the director is Israeli.
The short film, directed by Keren Ben Rafael, is titled Almost Normal and tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy searching for his birthday. It was to be shown in a film festival organized by the French Cultural Center in Cairo and the National Center for Egyptian Cinema, but withdrawn after Egyptian director Atef Ahmed protested its inclusion.
Though he resigned his post as a board member of the festival Rencontres de l’Image, scheduled for April, the CFCC and services of the Embassy of France also decided not to reinstate him in the jury.