It’s all regional news today.
Annemarie Jacir, the Palestinian filmmaker, tells me she and a number of other Arab directors threatened to pull their films from Tunisia’s Carthage Film Festival unless the festival organizers reversed a ban on a Syrian documentary which is critical of Syria’s current goverment. The film “A Flood in Baath Country,” directed by Omar Amiralay, was apparently denounced in the Tunisian press as being biased.
You can read more about it here, but it was also rumored that Yousry Nasrallah, the Egyptian director, threatened to yank his new epic, Bab Al-Shams, which was set to close the festival.
Today, it looks like the filmmakers prevailed, and that the doc has been re-programmed (article in French).
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 29, 2004