The Embassy of Israel, has in association with GATE College - Global Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Education brought Israeli vibes to Nepal through the 12th Israeli Film Festival. An opening ceremony was organized at GATE College, Mandikhatar, Kathmandu, on Friday amidst the presence of distinguished invitees with the screening of ‘Presenting Princess Shaw', a documentary directed by Ido Haar. Minister for Tourism and Culture Rabindra Prasad Adhikari, inaugurated the Film Festival in the presence of Israeli ambassador Benny Omer and noted Bollywood Actress Manisha Koirala.
The festival continued for public viewing from 02-04 November 2018 at QFX Cinemas, Chhaya Center, Thamel, Kathmandu.
Inaugurating the Film Festival, Minister Adhikari said, "I am very much pleased to see Nepal-Israel relations rejuvenated at cultural level in addition to political, economic and technological sectors. Films are mirrors of contemporary society, windows to look into self and telescope to envisage the future. Nepali viewers will get to know about Israel, its historical, religious and mythical values and assets via these films."
Ambassador Omer briefly highlighted on the films that would be screened during the three day film festival and invited all the movie lovers to come, enjoy and experience Israeli culture.
"I relate Israel as an Iconic nation, giving a strong message that if you have challenges, the only way to overcome them is by being innovative, inspirational and best in what you do and what you have. We can learn so much from Israel," remarked CEO and Founder of Gate College,Khem Raj Lakai.
Following movies are scheduled for the festival. The films screened during the festival included Personal Affairs directed by Maha Haj, Foot note directed by Joseph Cedar, Wededing Doll directed by Nitzan Gilady, The Red Leaves directed by Bazi Gete, Saving Neta directed by Nir Bergman and The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev directed by Tal Barda and Naom Pinchas