22 January 2018 - 6 Shevat 5778 - ו' שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival showcases Israeli documentary E-mail

The Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival, marking the 30th anniversary of the lifting of martial law in the country, is currently underway.

Two Taiwanese and nine foreign films are being screened at 18 locations nationwide during the sevenweek festival, organised by the Preparatory Office of the National Human Rights Museum.

“There was a time when Taiwan believed in collectivism and believed that economic prosperity would bring happiness,” Deputy Minister of Culture Ting Hsiao said at the opening of the festival.

The festival started with The Gatekeepers, a documentary by Israeli director Dror Moreh. It tells the story of Israel’s internal security service, the Shin Bet, from the perspective of six of its former leaders.

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PHOTO IS:RAEL Festival E-mail

Since its launch five years ago, the International Photography Festival has become an Israeli art institution that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. The 2017 festival will feature works by more than 200 prominent international photographers in 25 exhibitions.

The upcoming festival will run from 23 November to 2 December in Tel Aviv, and will feature a wide range of exhibitions and special events, including the first-ever photography marathon; a “White Night” event in the festival’s galleries, with art, music, and alcohol; gallery talks; guided tours; workshops, and activities for children and families. This year the festival will host photographers from a number of countries, including India, Italy, Brazil, Romania, Poland, Russia, Norway, the Czech Republic, Canada, the UK and France.

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The Centenary of The Balfour Declaration exhibition E-mail

An exhibition titled The Centenary of the Balfour Declaration is currently on display at the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities in Jerusalem.

It assembles a wide range of historical documents, texts and objects lent by archives and collections located in Israel and the UK. The items on display bear witness to past events and to their changing meanings during the course of the intervening century. Through letters, copies of the local press, as well as information cards highlighting the main players at the time, the Balfour Declaration, a letter sent by British Foreign Secretary Arthur James (later Lord) Balfour to Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild on 2 November, 1917, is explored.

The 67-word text of the Declaration represented a delicate balancing of the views of politics, public figures and intellectuals, Jews and non-Jews in Great Britain and around the world, expressed at meetings and via correspondence, behind the scenes and in the open, at conventions and in the press. Guided tours can be organised for groups upon request.

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