Weigh in on the Toronto International Film Fest Controversy

A political and artistic debate is being waged at this year's Toronto Film Festival.

An open letter of protest from the Toronto Declaration protests TIFF's City-to-City Spotlight, which is focusing on the work of Israeli filmmakers from Tel Aviv.

The signatories, which include Q guest Naomi Klein, actor Harry Belafonte, Jane Fonda and writer Rawi Hage, argue TIFF is complicit in Israel's Rebranding campaign that aims to shift emphasis away from the occupation, especially in a year where the conflict in Gaza resulted in over 1,000 deaths of Palestinians.

TIFF denies any ideological pressure was applied.

On the other side of the debate, filmmakers like Q guest Simcha Jacobovici , David Cronenberg, Ivan Reitman, and Robert Lantos argue that judging films by their country of origin rather than the quality of the artistic product, is a kind of censorship.

What do you think of TIFF's decision? What do you think of the Toronto Declaration's criticisms?


Read The Toronto International Film Festival's RESPONSE.

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