Ken Loach and Boycott

Standout British filmmaker joins boycott of Israel

(Daily Star staff) 

Ken Loach, the critically acclaimed British filmmaker who won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has lent his support to the cultural boycott of Israel, according to a personal statement issued late last week…. 

Loach won the Palme d’Or for “The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” set in the Irish War for Independence. He is one of the UK’s most controversial directors, in no small part because he is a die-hard leftist. Previous films include “My Name is Joe,” “Bread and Roses,” “Hidden Agenda” (which examined the British government’s “shoot to kill” policy during its troubles with the IRA) and “Land and Freedom” (which explored the political rhetoric at play during the Spanish Civil War and offers probably as complex and critical an insight into notions of resistance as Jean-Luc Godards’ “Ici et Ailleurs,” about Palestinian fighters in the early 1970s) “Hidden Agenda” and “Land and Freedom” won smaller awards at Cannes.

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