Tel Aviv LGBTQ Film Festival Targeted By Anti-Israel Boycotters

TLVFest, Tel Aviv’s annual LGBTQ Film Festival, has been unfairly attacked by Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) activists. A Wider Bridge invites you to support TLVFest to ensure Israel’s premiere LGBTQ cultural festival has the support and resources to thrive. Take Action: Support TLVFest

The upcoming LGBT film festival in Tel Aviv has been hit by an unprecedented wave of cancellations, after BDS activists targeted its participants.

While TLVFest has been around for more than a decade, it has never faced a campaign this successful against it.

“I think they just did a very good job this year, the pinkwashing people, as they call themselves,” said festival director Yair Hochner. “But the most important guests are still coming, the famous ones – and that’s what is important.”

Hochner said the group “contacts all the filmmakers and all our guests personally, but the majority of them didn’t care, because they know the festival and they know our message.”

Nevertheless, several participants have pulled out of the festival, citing pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists.

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The most festive of Israeli film festivals, the 12th TLVFest, the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, will run from June 1 to June 10 at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.

Among the festival’s guests are Mink Stole, the actress who starred in several of John Waters’ iconic shockfests, among them Female Trouble, which will be shown in a special screening at the festival, with Stole in attendance.

Gigi Gorgeous, the subject of Oscar-winning Barbara Kopple’s documentary This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, will attend a screening of the film. Gorgeous was Gregory Lazzarato, a young Canadian diver and Olympic Games hopeful, who went online, launching Youtube makeup tutorials and who eventually became a woman.

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