BERLIN – French Arab youths assaulted Israeli film director Yariv Horowitz last
week at a film festival in southern France.
The acclaimed director of the
film Rock the Casbah lost consciousness as a result of the attack following the
screening of his film last week. The British-based news website The Commentator
reported on Thursday that “after recovering from the blows he received, he
returned to the festival area in ‘good condition.’” The film festival took place
between March 18 and 23. It is unclear on which day the mob of youths attacked
Horowitz’s film Rock the Casbah
won the Special Prize of the
Jury for Best Picture at the Aubagne International Film Festival in southern
France. The film festival also awarded a prize to Israeli singer and musician
Assaf Amdursky for the film’s music.
According to The Commentator
French authorities believe the attack was racially motivated.
wrote on his personal website that the film is “a project that I always wanted
do.” The films stars Yon Tumarkin, and covers the lives of young soldiers
in the Gaza Strip during the violent uprising of Palestinians in the first
intifada in 1989.
He writes that his film is “a tribute to my childhood
friends who served with me in the occupied territories.”
His film was
screened last month at the Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, and
won the prestigious International Confederation of Art Cinemas award
In the film, 18-year-old Tomer is sent into to Gaza where he
struggles with his life as a soldier, and a member of a Palestinian family plays
a role in the killing of an IDF soldier.
Horowitz served as a military
photographer in Nablus in 1989.