Middle East Film Festival Politics

August 28, 2014 7:22 PM

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Middle East Film Festival Politics

They say that film transcends borders and countries, this might be true about the films, but not about the politics that go into presenting these films. Film festivals are often put in the line of fire due to their politics. Despite viewers expectations, films are not always accepted to festivals because they are better than or even as good as others, but often, they are chosen based on which country they are coming from and the film's representations of a certain conflict in that region.

In the last few weeks, a few film festivals have made news due to political controversies surrounding Israel. Suha Arraf, a Palestinian-Israeli who has written many celebrated Israeli films, produced and directed a feature film titled Villa Touma about three respectable christian sisters living in R...

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