Tel Aviv's 14th Docaviv documentary film festival will focus on the protest movements that have swept the world in the past year, by offering free entrance to screenings of films on activism and social protest, followed by talks and debates.
This year's Docaviv is being held in cooperation with the Cinema of the People, which was established in Israel in the wake of the country's cost-of-living protests last summer.
Docaviv's artistic director Sinai Abt said the focus on social activism resulted from trends in the documentary film industry and also from the festival organizers' desire to "appeal to the interest of the public."
The festival will kick off on May 3 with a screening of "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," a portrait of the Chinese artist and dissident by Alison Klayman, which won the special jury prize at last year's prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
More than 90 Israeli and international films will be showcased in the festival, which will include an Israeli, an international and a student competition.
The festival's program also allocates much attention to Tel Aviv Art Year, a project by the Tel Aviv municipality to celebrate arts in the city. It will feature numerous films on architecture, photography, design and visual arts, including a series dedicated to video art, with installations by Phil Collins, Hito Steyerl and Nir Evron, curated by artists Yael Bartana and Avi Feldman.
The closing event will take place in the city's Habima Square, where a feature film - "Under African Skies" - will receive its premiere. The film accompanies singer Paul Simon on a trip to South Africa for a 25-year reunion of the musicians that worked on his landmark "Graceland" album.
In addition, many other musical films will be screened, including one marking the 20th anniversary of Irish rock band U2's album "Achtung Baby", another about reggae singer Bob Marley, and a third on Icelandic singer Sigridur Nielsdottir, who began her singing career at the age of 70.
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