Israeli screenwriter and filmmaker Nadav Lapid on Monday renewed the debate over Vivek Agnihotri’s ‘The Kashmir Files’ by calling the film “vulgar” and “propaganda”. Written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri and produced by Zee Studios, the film depicts the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir following systematic killings of people from the community by Pakistan-backed terrorists.
Nadav Lapid, born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1975, studied philosophy at Tel-Aviv University, and Literature in Paris. In 2001, Nadav published a novel entitled “Continua Bailando”, and worked as a cinematographer on several documentaries in Israel. He graduated in 2006 from the Sam Spiegel Film School, Jerusalem.
His short film Kvish (Road) screened in the 2005 Panorama. His debut feature film Policeman won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 2011 while The Kindergarten Teacher featured in the 2014 Semaine de la Critique at Cannes. In 2016, he served as a jury member for the Critics Week segment at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2021, he sent his film, Ahed’s Knee, for the competition at Cannes Film Festival. He is currently working on a new project. The movie reportedly focuses on Ahed Tamini, a Palestinian teenager who slapped an Israeli soldier and was sentenced to prison in 2017.
Lapid was also among a group of 250 Israeli filmmakers that signed an open letter to protest against the launch of the Shomron (Samaria/West Bank) Film Fund. The filmmakers felt that the Fund had just one goal: Inviting Israeli filmmakers to “actively participate in whitewashing the Occupation in exchange for financial support and prizes.”
His Filmography as a director includes The Star (Short), Ahed’s Knee, Synonyms, From the Diary of a Wedding Photographer (Short), Why? (Short), Love Letter to Cinema, Life in Spite of Everything (Documentary), Emile’s Girlfriend, Road (Short), Border Project (Documentary short).