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British film director Ken Loach withdraws film “Looking for Eric” from Melbourne film festival

July 19, 2009


Australians for Palestine – British film director Ken Loach withdraws film “Looking for Eric” from Melbourne film festival 

Continuing normal relations with Israel when it is oppressing and brutalising some 4 million Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.  As Ken Loach says, “remaining sympathetic but detached observers is no longer an option.” This is not Ken Loach’s first principled stand on the issue: the Edinburgh Film Festival returned  money to the Israeli embassy after Ken Loach asked it to reconsider Israel’s sponsorship. However, it does not seem that Melbourne’s festival organisers have any intention of following suit.  We hope that Australians will protest in their own way and send a message to our government and institutions that we are not supportive of any cultural or business arrangements with a racist state.

You can read the correspondence between Ken Loach and Richard Moore, the Executive Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) over the State of Israel’s part sponsorship of the festival on our website.  

Loach’s letter was also signed by producer Rebecca O’Brien and writer Paul Laverty.  Also, you will find the media reports on the issue and find out what we are doing to protest Israel’s cultural partnership with MIFF.


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  1. Peace vision permalink
    July 19, 2009 9:56 pm

    Good luck guys, I pray for peace everyday. Goodwill will prosper.

    Best regards,


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