FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Jerusalem Film Festival
- DOK Leipzig
The Israeli blockade on Gaza is tightly monitored: essential necessities allowed, luxuries denied. At their weekly meeting at the Defense Ministry the Israeli bureaucrats move on to the next item on their agenda: hair conditioner. Palestinians may have a right to clean hair, but they don't have a right to smooth and silky hair. And it was pretty devious of the Palestinians to purchase a 2-in-1 shampoo-conditioner blend. Letting that into Gaza is a slippery slope. Permission denied! Next item: Mangoes! Luxuries (Meatless in Gaza) is a dark documentary about the bureaucracy of occupation. Often comic, always tragic, it is an ironic look at a humanitarian crisis.
David Ofek, a graduate of the "Sam Spiegel" Film School in Jerusalem, was awarded the Wolgin Prize in the past for his short films "Home" and "Hi-Tech Dreams". Co-creator of the popular TV series "Bat-Yam—New-York" and "Melanoma my Love," Ofek directed the film "No. 17" which won the Israeli Academy Award for "Best Documentary" as well as other international Awards.