The joint Israeli-Palestinian short film project, Water, received the Amnesty
International Award at the Henri Langlois Film Festival in France last week,
despite not having entered the competition.
Water, a collaborative effort
of Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers from the Tel Aviv University Department of
Film and Television, included several short fiction and documentary films
revolving around the theme of H2O. Yael Perlov, film editor, producer and
teacher in the film department, initiated and directed the project, as part of a
special course designed to set up a joint filmmaking laboratory for Israeli and
Recently, the film was screened at the 36th
Rencontres Henri Langlois Film Festival in Poitiers, France. The festival, named
after the founder of the Cinèmatheque Française, is an annual competition
featuring entries from film schools around the world.
competition featured 120 entries, and although Water did not officially enter
the competition, Amnesty International in France decided to award the project as
a whole, rather than an individual filmmaker.
“Winning greatly surprised
us,” said Perlov, “because actually we never submitted the film to the
competition. I arrived at the festival to represent the university in a
discussion on the future of cinema, while in parallel the project was showing at
a special screening. When we learned of our win all the creators were very
happy, and we received reactions which encourage us to continue.”
award includes a €500 prize offered by Amnesty International France.
judges said the project enabled the creators to get to know and understand each
other and in doing so, break the deadly cycle of hatred in the Middle
“Therefore, in addition to the cinematic quality of the short film
assembly of the project, we would like to grant them the award thanks to the
message of reciprocity and dialogue that they convey, a message that the power
of peace is inspired by art,” the judges said.