Critical Writing Index

Boycotts don't equal censorship: Film-makers should support the growing international movement to boycott Israel - it's wrong to cast our action as censorship

by Ken Loach, Rebecca O'Brien and Paul Laverty

The Guardian, Sept. 1, 2009

The article addresses a similar action to Greyson's withdrawal of his film Covered from the Toronto International Film Festival. English filmmaker Ken Loach has also pulled his film Looking for Eric from the Melbourne International film festival in July. Ken Loach responds to the accusation of censorship attempt by declaring that his protest is part of the international divestment movement aiming at the end of the Israeli occupation and that the target is not Israeli filmmakers but the Israeli state's involvement in the festival funding.

*Articles on the 'boycotts vs. censorship' debate surrounding John Greyson's withdrawal of Covered from TIFF in protest against its inaugural City-to-City Spotlight on Tel Aviv are catalogued into item_codes from 2009.055 to 2009.067

ITEM 2009.058 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Looking for EricKen Loach

CoveredJohn Greyson