The good, the bad, and the bizarre of the IFFI row

The good, the bad, and the bizarre of the IFFI row

After setting the ruling party and its internet ecosystem on fire with his comments at the International Film Festival of India on Sunday, he slammed The Kashmir Files as obscene propaganda that didn’t deserve a place in the major festival’s competition section. Tha, outspoken Israeli filmmaker and chief jury Nadav Lapid doubled down on Wednesday, this time hurling the F-bomb while on his way out of India.

Speaking to an Israeli news outlet, Lapid said that the film “basically justifies Indian policy in Kashmir, and has fascist characteristics.” With this, Lapid has shown his hand – a clear willingness not to back down in the face of threats and even coercion tactics from Israel’s diplomatic office.

To be clear, there was never anything wrong with Lapid’s pronouncements – the film in question had unprecedented government support, from generous publicity from the highest quarters to free shows. He, a trusted filmmaker, was the jury president, and judged only one film submitted to him.

What can you do about her decision, but there is no way we can oppose her right to speak our mind after inviting her in the first place.

All the right-wingers who trolled Lapid—and sadly all things Israel including the Holocaust—were bad.

Which brings us to the latter, which was so inexplicable it fits bizarrely – Israel’s ambassador to India Nour Gillon jumps in to apologise, saying he was ashamed of Lapid’s words, even though There were “no film experts”.

If Gillon had felt the need to say something, the last three words would have sufficed. And, whichever way you look at it, it has nothing to do with Israel’s position; Who does not make any of this line his business.

Either way, sticking to his guns, Lapid abandoned him and the Indian right wing, leaving no way other than a quiet retreat.



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