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Film aims to bring attention to Israel-Palestine conflict: actor
Central News Agency
2014-07-03 10:28 PM
Taipei, July 3 (CNA) An Israeli film at this year's Taipei Film Festival focusing on the conflict between Israel and Palestine hopes to encourage the audience to think about the reality of the situation, one of the film's actors said Thursday. Israeli director Yuval Adler's "Bethlehem" is about the dilemma of a Palestinian boy forced to choose between his family and an Israeli secret service officer with whom he has developed a close bond. The point of the film is to spur people to "think about the situation" behind the tensions of the region, said Haitham Omari, a Palestinian who played a role in the movie. Omari, 42, told CNA that he hopes the film will inspire people to push the governments of Israel and Palestine to work harder to address the conflicts between the two sides. The 99-minute "Bethlehem" is one of the foreign films at the annual festival that has caught attention, earning the festival's Audience's Choice Award. That award typically goes to a Taiwanese film, the organizer said, adding that this year's unusual result showed that the audience was intrigued by the film's storyline. Omari, who is in Taiwan to promote "Bethlehem," said that his role in the film was his first time in front of the camera. A cameraman for a TV news channel, he said the whole crew of the film -- consisting of both Israelis and Palestinians -- is like a group of friends. The ongoing 16th Taipei Film Festival is showing some 160 films from at home and abroad from June 27 to July 19. (By Elaine Hou)
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