Palestinians to boycott Toronto film festival over movie on Tel Aviv

September 10, 2009 16:41

Palestinian artists are calling for a boycott of the Toronto International Film Festival for screening a series of movies about Tel Aviv. Dozens of Palestinian filmmakers, writers and artists protested Thursday outside the offices of the Canadian representative in Ramallah. Protesters earlier handed the Canadian mission a letter condemning the festival for showcasing Tel Aviv. A number of international filmmakers and activists also signed a petition criticizing the festival for that decision, saying that made it "complicit in the Israeli propaganda machine." Among the signatories are actress Jane Fonda and writer Alice Walker. The festival, one of the world's most diverse movie showcases, opens Thursday.

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