In 2013, despite calls
by authors Alice Walker, Angela Y. Davis and Louise
Rafkin, filmmakers Susan Stryker, Kim Klausner,
Barbara Hammer and Roya Rastegar, and dozens of other
artists, activists and community members to honor the
cultural boycott of Israel, Frameline again chose to
show its support for Israeli apartheid. In
response, filmmakers Ryan
Conrad and Xandra
Ibarra withdrew films which had been accepted for
screening, citing Israel's complicity with Israeli
apartheid as the reason. Ryan's article explaining
his position received excellent media
In 2014, filmmakers Alexis
Mitchell and L.A.
Happy Hyder followed their example. Mitchell's
short film, "The Break," had been accepted for
screening at the festival. Hyder withdrew her
film, "Once Upon a Time," from consideration,
after Frameline Executive Director Frances
Wallace refused to meet with Hyder and other Arab
queers and allies to discuss the issue.
Wallace's response read in part:
use [Israeli consulate] support to bring international
filmmakers to San Francisco so that these artists can
present their works at our Festival and engage in a
dialogue with the audience about their films, which are
often thought provoking or even critical of their
country of origin.
is vital for Frameline to continue its long tradition of
providing cross-cultural opportunities to LGBT works of
cinema from all around the world, and we do not favor
boycotts that negate this presentation of art or
diminish this cultural dialogue.
response represents the organization, and has been very
carefully considered and discussed over many years
At least one other
filmmaker notified Frameline that they were not
submitting a full-length documentary due to its support
for Israeli pinkwashing. Their previous work had been
screened at Frameline.
Toronto-based director John
Greyson, whose picture was featured on Frameline's
website last summer when he was imprisoned by the
Egyptian military government for two months, has
announced that he is withdrawing his film,
"Urinal," from Frameline distribution.
Frameline has distributed the film for 25 years.
Greyson joins Sonja
deVries, who withdrew Gay
Cuba several years ago. (You can now rent it
Greyson sent Frameline a video letter to informing them
of his decision. QUIT! projected
the video, along with other images and information,
onto the wall of the Castro Theater during the festival.
compiled by the San Francisco LGBT Alliance of the
Jewish Community Federation regarding QUIT!'s campaign
and the relationship between Frameline, the Israeli
government and Zionist organizations.
One of the filmmakers Frameline
brags about bringing to speak with Israeli blood money
is Yariv Mozer, director of the pinkwashing film,
"Invisible Men." Find
out what he really thinks about Palestinians.
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