New Delhi – The Kashmir Files film was screened in the international film festival recently held in Goa. Nadav Lapid, the chairperson of the five-member jury board of this festival and a film director from Israel, criticised the film as disgraceful. His comments were criticised and later, he apologised for his comments, but the matter didn’t end there as now, the other three members of the jury committee have supported Lapid’s statement. The fifth member of the jury, Sudipto Sen has earlier clarified that he didn’t support Lapid’s statement.
Sudipto Sen, the lone Indian in the jury board of IFFI, maintained that the remarks made by Israeli filmmaker #NadavLapid about “The Kashmir Files” were his personal opinion even as 3 other co-jurors came out in support of the jury head.https://t.co/pHouXSrUj5
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Jinko Gotoh, one of the jury members, tweeted that the 15th film ‘The Kashmir Files’ shown in such an art festival was a shock to us because it was a vulgar and propaganda movie. Its inclusion in the festival was inappropriate. I and other two members (a French film producer and journalist Javier Angulo Barturen and a French film editor Pascale Chavance) stand by Lapid’s comment. Our opinion is not a political stance, but a thought expressed from the viewpoint of art. It is sad to use the platform of a film festival for politics, and later, for personal attacks on Nadav. It was not the intention of the members of the jury.
Even after Lapid apologised for his statement, the other three jurors making a similar statement seems to be a part of a big conspiracy ! The Central Government needs to investigate the matter !