Palestinian cast members put Cannes Film Festival under boycott

12:42, 10 July 2021
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Palestinian cast members of the movie “Let There Be Light” made a decision to put under boycott the Cannes Film Festival in France this year because the film was in the category “Israeli Film”.

The movie, by Israeli filmmaker Eran Kolirin, is based on the book of the same name by Sayed Kashua and will be shown at the festival on Saturday.

Palestinian and prominent Arab actors of that movie respect the Israeli film director Kolirin, so they wrote a letter, in which they describe their firm decision, according to Ynet.

“We are proud and stand behind our participation in the film of our friend and ally, Eran Kolirin,” it reads. “And yet we cannot ignore the contradiction that stems from the fact that the film was accepted to Cannes under the ‘Israeli Film’ category”. 

The letter went on with their expressed opinion concerning Israeli policy towards Palestine.

Kolirin posted a message on Facebook, where he thanked the cast members for their kind words to him. He also would prefer them to take part in the celebration at the festival, and added, that he loves them and “respects their decision and their struggle”.