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    • A negative criticism
    • 09.07.12 | 06:22 (IDT)

    I have not read the article, as unfortunately, I am not a subscriber to Haaretz. However, I would like to comment that it seems unwise, ridiculous, and even dishonourable for a Jewish filmmaker to make a film about such a subject. It's bad enough that such things happen in probably all societies and which also probably sometimes lead to Court proceedings. Israel is so frequently victimized by anti-Semites/anti-Israel people in the world, so why make a film about such a negative and doubtless very extremely minimal aspect of Israeli society? Maybe some people will make any film about anything, however inappropriate, if it has the potential to be, through being outrageous - a money-spinner, and/or to appeal to “intellectuals” at some obscure film festival. It was also shocking, I thought, that any Jewish person (earlier, in the US), would have embarked on a project which drew attention to the creativity that the suffering Jewish victims of the Theresianstadt Concentration Camp managed to sustain, and what they produced. It was bad enough that the Nazis in WW2 had used it to falsely portray life for Jews in Concentration Camps. In liberal Western-style secularism, that virtually “anything goes” may be viewed as a positive. However, obviously, people should consider - exercising an age-old virtue/blessing, “wisdom” - re what is a good, worthwhile project, and refrain from misusing their freedom of choice. Also, re the earlier theatrical production in Israel about Edith Piaf, who apparently never regretted anything about her life, including the period when reportedly she was a prostitute, obviously, one has compassion for her and her whole life experience. Yet probably the reason she is so celebrated, besides her remarkable and passionate singing voice, is that her most famous song which looks back on her life so positively, supports the standpoint of immoral people in France and elsewhere, who would probably jump at anything that vindicates their acceptance of prostitution as “the world’s oldest profession”, whereas prostitution should be recognized for what it is, namely nothing less than the sexual abuse and exploitation of subjugated women.

    from the article: Israeli director Keren Yedaya pitches screenplay about incest at Jerusalem Film Festival
    First published 01:27 09.07.12 | Last updated 01:27 09.07.12
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