web analytics
April 27, 2015 / 8 Iyar, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Lebanon Bans Award-Winning Lebanese Film Shot in Israel

Film permit was revoked after a letter of protest from the Israel Boycott Office of the Arab League.
Reymonde Amsallem as the suicide bomber wife of a Tel Aviv Surgeon (Ali Suliman) in "The Attack."

Reymonde Amsallem as the suicide bomber wife of a Tel Aviv Surgeon (Ali Suliman) in "The Attack."

Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri

Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri

Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri told his fans on Saturday that the Lebanese government has banned the showing of his award-winning film “The Attack,” because it was partly shot in Tel Aviv using Israeli actors, AFP reported.

“I regret to inform you that the Interior Minister of Lebanon, Minister (Marwan) Charbel, has decided to punish us and the film by banning it… claiming that the reason for the rejection is that I, Ziad Doueiri, had spent time in Israel filming,” the director said in a statement on his Facebook page.

“To set things straight, I did shoot part of the film in Tel Aviv because this is where part of the story takes place. I used Israeli actors because also these were the artistic choices that I have made. And I have no regret and no apologies whatsoever.”

Minister Charbel told AFP the interior ministry had initially granted Doueiri a permit to film his movie in Israel, but revoked the permit after receiving a letter of protest from the Israel Boycott Office of the Cairo-based Arab League.

“We had no problem with the movie but when we received the protest letter… we could not oppose” their demand, he said.

“The Attack” was adapted from a novel by Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra, about an Israeli Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv who discovers that his wife carried out a suicide bombing.

Last Monday, the annual French film festival in Hollywood City of Lights, City of Angels, concluded by Doueiri’s thriller three top prizes, including the Audience Award and the Special Critics’ Prize.

Doueiri previously directed the coming-of-age drama “Lila Says” (2004) and in the 1990s, was a camera assistant to Quentin Tarantino on four of his features including “Jackie Brown” and “Pulp Fiction.”

the-attack“The Attack” will be released in the U.S. by Cohen Media Group on June 21.

Doueiri dismissed the ban as “foolish and unfair,” pointing out that several Palestinian films shot in Israel with Israeli actors “and even with Israeli financing.. were allowed to screen in Lebanon.”

“Why them and not this film? Are the Lebanese supposed to carry the Palestinian flag higher than the Palestinians themselves?” Doueiri asked.

He AFP that banning the film ” tells us, filmmakers, that if we think outside the box, we’ll be considered pariahs and outlaws.”

Doueiri, who also won awards for his film “West Beirut,” also complained that the Lebanese interior ministry is refusing to allow his latest film to be included in a list of Lebanese films submitted to the Oscars.

Filmmakers in Lebanon must submit their scripts to the Lebanese interior ministry censors, who are empowered to block the showing of films that incite dissent, attacks morals, attack the authority of the state, or reflect Israeli propaganda.

The film, incidentally, is vehemently pro-Palestinian.



About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Lebanon Bans Award-Winning Lebanese Film Shot in Israel”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), co-sponsor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.
Iran Legislative Compromises may Cause Nuclear Explosion in Washington
Latest News Stories
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), co-sponsor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.

This week the U.S. Senate will meet to discuss what input¬†Congress will have before sanctions imposed on Iran for violating a slew of U.N. Resolutions regarding its nuclear program can be lifted. The offerings of amendments by various senators – whether for wholly ideological reasons, for presidential campaign purposes, or a combination and perhaps other […]

Princeton University students voted down an Israel Divestment referendum in April, 2015.

The divestment measures are driven by hatred of Israel, not humanitarian concerns about Arabs.

IDF with baby from Nepal

Eleven Israelis, including 3 babies were returned to Israel from Nepal overnight. Here’s one of them.

This is what is left of the bus that was firebombed Saturday night.

No one was hurt because the bus was empty. No one heard about it because of the politically (in)correct media.

Biotech giant and cash-rich Gilead Sciences will open a marketing office in Israel, Globes Business news reported, making the company the first new generation American biotech firm to do so in the country. NewPharm in Israel markets Gilead’s products to the tune of tens of millions of dollars year, and the local company said Gilead […]

Israel leads rescue efforts. Death toll will rise. Thousands are homeless. Below: Dramatic as-it-happened video.

No matter who was behind the attack, Hezbollah knows it has more than one enemy.

The left-wing party’s problem is that the ministry spent more money to promote Judaism than democracy.

Arab sources report the IAF destroyed a missile site and killed Syrian soldiers.

The 4 terrorists were trying to plant a bomb in Israel on the Golan Heights.

The first group of rescued Israelis from Nepal are to arrive home on an IAF airlift in the wee hours of Monday with 3 premature babies.

Chabad co-emissary Chani Lifshiftz says “hundreds of Israelis” arrive safely at the Chabad House after deadly quake in Nepal.

British MP Ed Miliband has again been targeted, this time in a political campaign for being “the Jew.”

An Arab tried to steal the weapon from a civilian guard in the town of Eli.

GOP Senator Ted Cruz met with Republican Jewish leaders in Las Vegas Saturday on the campaign trail.

The idea behind Peres & Associates came to life two years or so before the end of President Shimon Peres’ term in office, when his team began planning the next phase in his career.

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/lebanon-bans-award-winning-lebanese-film-shot-in-israel/2013/04/28/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: