Every year the Boston Turkish Festival's Documentary and Short Film Competition does me the honor of making me one of the judges. I haven't had a chance to watch any of the films yet, but that doesn't mean you can't, as the Festival starts tonight with a set of shorts at 7:45 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts. The program includes L.
When people think
about Turkey, Istanbul usually comes to mind, but that huge, ancient city shrinks before the vastness of Anatolia, depicted as the
wild, untamed East in one of this year's Boston Turkish Film Festival,
and as symbolic of the depredations and decline of civilization and industrial
exploitation in another.
Those who have seen Yves Jeuland's's comprehensive, sobering
documentary "Being Jewish in France" were
as horrified by the recent terrorist killings of
seven people, including four Jews, three
of them children, by a self styled Al Qaeda follower, but were perhaps not totally
taken by surprise. This chronicle of the love/hate relationship between Jews
and their native France, the firs country to offer them citizenship, from the
polarizing Dreyfus Affair of the late 19th century, to the round-ups during the Nazi Occupation, to the
ongoing tension with Arabs in the present day, serves as a reminder and a wake-up
call to those who think the horrors of anti-Semitism are a thing of the past.