Statement originally published on 19/10/23.
Document Film Festival stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle for liberation. We join the mobilisation of human rights and film organisations across the globe calling for an end to the violence perpetrated by the Israeli state through military occupation, ethnic cleansing, deliberate systemic violence through a brutal apartheid system, and now the genocide unfolding in Gaza.
As an organisation and festival dedicated to platforming film as an advocacy tool to raise the profile and promote debate of human rights across the globe, we understand the importance the role art and artists play in bearing witness to truth. Particularly now when we are seeing the UK media complicit in spreading disinformation, and the dehumanising rhetoric being used against Palestinians.
We are grateful to our colleagues at Mosaic Rooms, for compiling a list of resources and collective actions, and we add our voice to their urgent call for cultural organisations, artists, and writers in the UK and abroad to break the silence and speak up for the justice and dignity of Palestine. https://mosaicrooms.org/call-to-cultural-organisations-artists-writers-for-solidarity-with-palestine
[Image: ‘letter to a friend’, Emily Jacir, 2019. Screened at Document Film Festival 2021]