The School of Audio and Visual Arts at Sapir College
The School of Audio and Visual Arts at Sapir College has a vision which calls for the establishment of a civil society in Israel, connecting the different population groups in Israel and Palestine, and seeking to create an authentic, local culture and identity. Located in the underprivileged area of the South, between towns founded by immigrants from North Africa, now living alongside new immigrants from the Caucuses and Ethiopia, and unrecognized Bedouin villages, and on the other side close to the large Palestinian cities of Gaza and Rafah, the College acknowledges a real need for the people in the area with a common vision to join forces and lead the local residents in an effort to act for themselves.
The yearly Cinema South International Film Festival, organized by the School of Audio and Visual Arts at Sapir College, takes place in the town of Sderot, a former development town in the western Negev, and other places in the northwestern and western Negev. The festival program wishes to bring together students from all backgrounds, including Bedouins from villages in the region and to empower individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, include them in events, and thereby contribute towards their overall integration in the region.
In addition, the festival aims to open a window onto a different type of cinema, in which the “South” is much more than merely a geographic location. The “South” is a way of cinematic thinking – cinema that is poor in resources, but rich in humanity. The South is a metaphor for what is created on the fringes, without any feelings of inferiority, but with aspirations to trigger critical dialogue with the hegemonic center.
According to the belief of the organizers, culture should be accessible to all, therefore the doors to the Festival and all the events it encompasses, including film screenings, workshops, and musical and artistic events, are all open to the public at no cost.
RLS Projects with Sapir College
Trailer of the Movie “Father.Land” by Meital Abekasiscsf.sapir.ac.il/?lang=en