Two independent films produced in Israel that deal with Israeli-Palestinian issues won prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday.
“Art/Violence,” a joint Palestinian/Israeli film by Batool Taleb, Maryam Abukhale and Udi Aloni, which deals with the aftermath of the 2011 murder of Palestinian/Israeli theater director Juliano Mer-Khamis, won the festival’s Cinema Fairbindet Prize. The prize is awarded to “a film that excels in promoting the current dialogue about particular aspects of the relationship between the Global North and the Global South thanks to its aesthetic, emotional or narrative strengths.”
The International Confederation of Art House Cinemas Panorama prize was awarded to “Rock ba’Kasba” by Yariv Horowitz, an Israeli-French drama about a group of young IDF soldiers in Gaza in the late 1980s.
The Berlin International Film Festival was founded in 1951 and is one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the world.
Last week, the Israeli documentary “The Gatekeepers,” which looks into the shadowy and complex world of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, took the Cinema for Peace award for the best documentary on the sidelines of the Berlin festival.