Founded in 2010, The Solidarity Human Rights Film Festival is the only film festival in Israel dedicated entirely to activism and human rights and the largest of its kind in the country. It is designed to expose the Israeli public to social and environmental endeavors, to questions of discrimination, racism and gender, and to the struggle against occupation.
This year, for the second time, Zulat attended the festival which culminated in the presentation of prizes to outstanding artists. The festival opened at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque on 9 December 2021, the eve of International Human Rights Day, with 80 films from Israel and abroad dealing with various aspects of human rights.
Here is what Zulat’s president Zehava Galon said on opening night, before the premiere of the film “A Night in Haifa” by Amos Gitai, in whose honor the festival was held:
“Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu has in the past urged Likud members to ‘be men, to attack the media.’ We have now been following his trial, and each day brings new revelations about the ways in which he tried to subvert a free press in Israel and to intimidate journalists and editors. And, where journalists are declared the enemy, documentarists are also targeted.”
The festival concluded on 18 December with an award ceremony for the winning films. Zulat’s executive director Einat Ovadia presented the prize to the full-length Israeli film “In These Forests.” Here are her remarks at the ceremony:
“We in Zulat attach great importance to strengthening the world of culture and the arts. In recent years, people in culture, the art, and the free press became the subject of an unprecedented onslaught by conservative forces aimed at muzzling and censoring anything they did not like. Zulat is here to put up a fight against all muzzlers and censors and to strengthen freedom of expression and free artistic work.”