Greenhouse Israeli Film Fund Resurfaces In Jordan
- GREENHOUSE ISRAELI FILM FUND RESURFACES IN JORDAN
Feb 13, 2008
Amidst Israeli killings and occupation and ethnic cleansing, a new
cultural role is being designed for Israel in the region under the
guise of Mediterranean cultural cooperation.
The Tel Aviv-based Greenhouse film fund has been aggressively
recruiting misguided Arab filmmakers who are unknowingly helping
Israel break out of its regional isolation.
Additionally, we sincerely question the objectivity and the integrity
of a film fund based in a country that starves Palestinians in Gaza,
has invaded its northern neighbor, Lebanon, killing hundreds of
innocents, destroying much of Lebanon's civilian infrastructure, and
leaving a legacy of cluster bombs that will continue to maim and kill
innocents for years to come.
All the while, Israel continues to impose a system of apartheid, as
former US president Jimmy Carter calls it, on the Palestinian people
who have to endure a bloody Israeli military occupation with no end in
If the objective of the Greenhouse film fund is to promote filmmaking
in the Mediterranean region, it should be located in a neutral country
and managed by neutral players. The fact the film fund is bases in
Israel, a country not at peace with its neighbors, calls into question
the effectiveness of and motives behind this film fund.
In solidarity with Palestinian filmmakers and to support their
cultural independence, we call on all filmmakers of conscience to
respect the boycott.
Exploiting the arts for political ends can only harm efforts at
regional cultural cooperation among the people of the region.
Read more about Greenhouse below.
Palestinian Filmmakers Question EU Audiovisual Grant
Date posted: March 15, 2006
By Palestine Media Centre
Ramallah -- Forty Palestinian filmmakers, including the 2006 Golden
Globe winner Hani Abu Assad and 2002 Cannes Festival Jury Prize winner
Elia Suleiman, signed a letter to the EU Euromed Audiovisual program
questioning the shortlisting of an Israeli-led project. Despite
serious indicators of mismanagement, and lack of legitimacy raised
about the project, entitled Greenhouse, the Europe Aid office in
Brussels decided to go ahead and grant it 1.5 million Euros.
'Palestinian film' through an Israeli lens
Jim Quilty | The Daily Star | April 25, 2006
BEIRUT: In late 2005, Palestine's arts community learned that a
Palestinian Authority NGO called the Ramallah Film Institute (RFI) had
applied to participate in a documentary film development project
Sponsored by EuroMed's Audiovisual II Program, Greenhouse would
include Spanish, Czech and Turkish partners. RFI's "core partner" was
Israel's New Foundation for Cinema and Television (NFCT). The news
sent shockwaves through Palestine's cultural community.
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