Seret Israeli film festival welcomes all communities and faiths | Letter

The co-founders of the festival, Anat Koren, Odelia Haroush and Patty Hochmann, respond to a call for UK cinemas to boycott it

As the co-founders of Seret, the UK Israeli film and television festival, we are surprised that, yet again, there has been a call for a boycott on screening films from Israel here in the UK, from film-makers who believe that they are supporting the “Palestinian cause” (Letters, 26 April).

Israeli films are distributed globally, and the cinemas they are screened in are delighted and proud to show them to their audiences.

Israeli films are acknowledged as some of the best in the world, winning awards at international festivals on a regular basis. This year alone, Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman won the 2019 live action short film Oscar for their film Skin, and Nadav Lapid won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin film festival for Synonymes.

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to curating the Seret film festivals, which we organise in many countries including the UK. Our key criterion is to choose the best created by Israel’s highly talented film-makers and actors, from all communities working together successfully.

Our festival is running in London, Brighton, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Glasgow from 29 April to 12 May, with a wonderful programme of Israeli feature films, documentaries and TV series, and we look forward to welcoming film lovers from every community and faith.
Anat Koren, Odelia Haroush and Patty Hochmann
Seret International

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