3 more jury members called Kashmir files propaganda
3 more jury members called Kashmir files propaganda: said - agree with the statement of Israeli filmmaker Lapid
Israeli film producer Nadav Lapid, who called the film The Kashmir Files vulgar and propaganda, has been supported by three juries. According to media reports, jury members Ginko Gotoh, Pascal Chavannes, and Javier Angulo Barturen made a tweet. Wrote in the tweet – Whatever Lapid said as jury chief, the entire jury knows and we agree with him.
He also claimed that it was Lapid's own personal statement. However, the statement did not name Indian filmmaker Sudipto Sen, who was present at the event.
In fact, at the closing ceremony of the 53rd International Film Festival (IFFI) in Goa, Lapid described 'The Kashmir Files' as vulgar and propaganda. Since then, a controversy started regarding his statement.
He said Lapid also made it clear that he did not mean to negate the tragedy of Kashmiri Pandits but merely commented on the film's cinematic manipulations. This tragedy deserves a serious film. Lapid has also apologized for his remarks.
He said that at the closing ceremony of the event, Jury Chief Lapid made a statement on behalf of the Jury members. It was said that we were all disturbed and surprised by the 15th film The Kashmir Files, which seemed like vulgar propaganda to us. The film is not appropriate for such a function and we stand by his statement.
To clarify, we did not take any political stand on the content of the film. We only made an artistic statement. But on this issue first, there was politics on the stage and then later personal attacks were made on Nadav, we are deeply saddened by this fact. The jury had no such intention.
Jinko Gotoh is an Oscar-nominated American producer. Javier Angulo Barturen is a documentary filmmaker and journalist from France. Pascal Chavans is a film editor from France.