Golden Lion Winner Slams Toronto Boycotters
“The point of a film like mine is to open a dialogue, to get people talking to each other about important issues,” Samuel Maoz told the British paper The Observer, in comments published Sunday.
“This is something you can’t do if films are boycotted. It makes no sense to boycott art. Maybe I wouldn’t have won if Jane Fonda was on the jury, but she wasn’t.”
“”But making this film has got me my life back and that is more precious than any award. Without fully knowing it, I have been deeply traumatized since 1982, as has a whole generation of Israelis, people who are now running the country. Making ‘Lebanon’ and finally confronting what happened in that war, has given me my true feelings back and I can cry real tears once more.”
The weekly entertainment magazine, Variety, has described the film as the boldest and best of the recent mini-wave of Israeli movies; the New York Times called it “an astonishing piece of cinema.”
The awards jury was headed by Ang Lee, himself a Golden Lion-winning director.”
Unfortunately, if you don’t see the films you are protesting then you make then you make yourself a fool. Discourse and debate are the cornerstones of intellectual honesty, when you call for an end to that you are making a terrible decision.