Israeli Filmmaker Backs his Criticism of ‘The Kashmir Files’
Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid is standing firm with his remarks on ‘The Kashmir Files’ film that was showcased at the International Film Festival of India in Goa. Lapid is the head of the international jury at the festival and called the film “propaganda and vulgar.”
Vivek Agnihotri-directed ‘The Kashmir Files’ was screened at the International Film Festival of India in Goa in the presence of an international jury. The jury was headed by Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid who spoke at the festival’s closing ceremony and said the jury was “disturbed and shocked” at the screening of ‘The Kashmir Files’. He added, “It seemed to us like a propagandist movie inappropriate for an artistic, competitive section of such a prestigious film festival.”
Lapid went on to state that the movie showed a “transparent combination between propaganda and fascism and vulgarity.”
At the time, Lapid’s remarks were met with criticism and people said he was insensitive toward the suffering of Kashmiri Pandits. People questioned how someone who is part of a community that faced the Holocaust could make such remarks.