by Dudi Caspi
Winners were announced at the Filmmaker Party, ahead of Sunday night’s closing event, hosted by the festival’s co-founder, Academy Award winning director Michael Moore (“Fahrenheit 9/11″, “Bowling for Columbine”). The Festival showcases excellence in filmmaking, particularly rare independent films by both noted and new filmmakers, that do not receive mainstream distribution to start off.
“5 Broken Cameras” has already won numerous awards in recent months, including the World Cinema Directing Award at last January’s Sundance Film Festival. “The Flat” premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival last year and has been garnering consistent critical acclaim globally. Earlier this week it was announced that North American rights for ”The Flat” have been picked up by Sundance Selects film distribution company. The film is tentatively scheduled to be released in the US come October.
Dohan will retrieve her role of Yael Hoffman, manager of a Jewish center, same character she performed in the 2nd season. During the second season of Weeds the character Yael was very provocative- appearing partially nude in one scene. We’ll see where the screenwriters take her this time around.
The Knesset’s Economic Affairs Committee has given its final seal of approval to a set of regulations for the oversight and certification of organic products.
In accordance with the new rules, official labels attesting to the products’ organic nature are to be affixed to packaging. The labels will confirm that the goods were grown under legally-established organic farming conditions, and that the products are indeed free of pesticides and other chemicals.
The credibility provided by the labels is meant to offset the significantly higher prices charged for the healthful products.
Last week’s move marked the conclusion of a seven-year battle to pass the legislation and draft the rules, which are to go into effect in January 2013.
The new regulations state that the inter-ministerial agency charged with overseeing organic farming will not affix imported products with its official seal unless the goods are certified by a recognized body in the country of origin.
Furthermore, the rules assert that the supervisory agency must routinely hold scheduled and surprise inspections of companies that grow, process and market organic products. Inspectors are to extract samples of animal products and areas of pasture, which are to be tested for nonorganic materials.
Companies that fail the inspection are to be required to get rid of the prohibited substances before their certification can be renewed.
The regulations also prohibit companies from utilizing practices that are harmful to the environment beyond a certain threshold.