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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

director: Amos Gitai
original title: A Letter to a Friend in Gaza
country: Israel
year: 2018
running time: 34 min.
Czech Premiere

synopsis

A film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict whose author shows uncompromising disapproval of the Gaza blockade, trying to stir responsibility in Israelis for their actions. As his basic tool, he uses readings of thematic stories and poems by Albert Camus, Mahmoud Darwish, Yizhar Smilansky and others.

biography

Amos Gitai (1950) made his debut film in 1972. He focuses on Israeli-Arab conflicts and his works have been presented at many festivals. Last year’s Ji.hlava IDFF screened his doc West of the River Jordan.

more about film

producer: Shuki Friedman, Laurent Truchot
photography: Oded Kirma
editing: Yuval Orr
hudba: Alex Claude

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Report

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Up' Rising 68

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section: Special Event
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Gulyabani
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Gulyabani

Gürcan Keltek
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section: Special Event
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The Image Book
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The Image Book

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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

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section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
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Aquarela

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section: Special Event
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Walked the Way Home
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Walked the Way Home

Eric Baudelaire
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section: Special Event
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The Dead Nation

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Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Evropská unie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
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