Jonathan Glazer Oscar speech supported by Joaquin Phoenix, Chloe Fineman

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Boots Riley, Debra Winger, Joel Coen and Lenny Abrahamson are also on the list of signatories

Joaquin Phoenix, Elliott Gould, Chloe Fineman and more than 150 other Jewish creators have signed an open letter in support of Jonathan Glazer’s Oscar speech.

List of 151 signatories received by Diversity This includes Phoenix’s sister Rena, three-time Oscar nominee Debra Winger, “May December” director Todd Haynes, “Sorry to Bother You” director Boots Riley, acclaimed filmmaker Joel Coen, “Room” director Lenny Abrahamson, “Arrested Development” ” star David is also included. Cross, documentarian Amy Berg, “Barbie” actor Hari Nef, renowned playwright Tom Stoppard, former Focus Pictures CEO James Schamus, comedian Kate Berlant, “You Hurt My Feelings” director Nicole Holofcener, “Secrets and Lies” writer Mike Leigh, “Passage” filmmaker Ira Sachs, “Gossip Girl” actor and writer Tavi Gevinson, “The Princess Bride” actor Wallace Shawn, “Bottoms” director Emma Seligman, “Mistress America” ​​star Lola Kirke, “Zola” director Janicza Bravo , “Broad City” stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson and IndieWire film critic David Ehrlich.

Diversity Personal representatives of several signatories have been reached, as well as independently reviewed documents confirming their participation.

in a statement to Diversity, Ilana Glazer said, “I signed this letter to help many workplaces and industries confront the climate of peace surrounding Israel’s war on Gaza, which is now entering its seventh month. This controversy involving Jonathan Glazer is just one example.

Shams continued, “It’s been several weeks since Jonathan Glazer’s acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, but, as we’ve been reminded this week by the senseless murder of seven World Center Kitchen aid workers – and countless Palestinian civilians – humanity’s This has become all the more urgent, as has our duty as Jewish creators to oppose the vicious defamation campaign waged against them.

After Glazer’s Holocaust drama “The Zone of Interest” won the Oscar for best international feature at the March 10 ceremony, the director used his speech to address the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. “All our choices were made to reflect and confront us in the present, not to say look what they did then, but look at what we do now. Our film shows where dehumanization goes at its worst. It has shaped our entire past and present,” Glazer said. “Right now, we stand here as those who deny their Jewishness and the Holocaust have been hijacked by an occupation that has caused conflict for many innocent people. Whether it’s the victims of October – whether it’s the victims of October 7 in Israel or the victims of the ongoing attack on Gaza, all the victims of this dehumanization, how can we protest?

His words were met with both reaction and praise. In an open letter published on March 18, more than 1,000 Jewish creators and executives condemned Glazer’s speech for helping to fuel “rising anti-Semitic hatred around the world”, while others, such as director Ken Loach, criticized his They have come to his defense calling the statement “brave”. ” and “extremely valuable.” Glazer has yet to publicly address the backlash to the speech, but earlier this week the director auctioned seven signed “Zone of Interest” posters for a Gaza cinema to raise money for medical aid for Palestinians. Had donated.

“We are Jewish artists, filmmakers, writers, and creative professionals who support Jonathan Glazer’s statement from the 2024 Oscars. “We are alarmed to see some of our colleagues in the industry engage in misconduct and condemn his comments,” the open letter reads. “Their attacks on Glazer are a dangerous distraction from Israel’s escalating military campaign, which It has already killed more than 32,000 Palestinians in Gaza and driven hundreds of thousands to the brink of starvation. We mourn for all those who have died in Palestine and Israel over many decades, including the 1,200 Israelis killed and 253 hostages in the October 7 Hamas attacks.

The letter adds, “Attacks on Glazer also have a chilling effect on our industry, contributing to a broader climate of repression of free speech and dissent, the very qualities our sector should cherish. Glazer, Tony Kushner, Steven Spielberg, and countless other artists of all backgrounds have condemned the killing of Palestinian civilians. We should all be able to do this without being unfairly accused of promoting anti-Semitism.

The statement concluded, “We honor the genocide by saying: Never again.”

Read the full open letter and see the list of signers below.

We are Jewish artists, filmmakers, writers, and creative professionals who support Jonathan Glazer’s statement on the 2024 Oscars. We became concerned to see that some of our colleagues in the industry were misrepresenting and condemning his comments. His attacks on Glazer are a dangerous distraction from Israel’s escalating military campaign, which has already killed more than 32,000 Palestinians in Gaza and driven hundreds of thousands more to the brink of starvation. We mourn for all those who have died in Palestine and Israel over many decades, including the 1,200 Israelis killed and 253 hostages in the October 7 Hamas attacks.

The attacks on Glazer also have a chilling effect on our industry, contributing to a pervasive climate of repression of free speech and dissent, the very qualities our field should cherish. Glazer, Tony Kushner, Steven Spielberg, and countless other artists of all backgrounds have condemned the killing of Palestinian civilians. We should all be able to do this without being unfairly accused of promoting anti-Semitism.

In his speech, Glazer asked how we can resist the dehumanization that has led to mass atrocities throughout history. That such a statement is taken as an insult only underlines its urgency. We should be able to name Israel’s apartheid and occupation without being accused of rewriting history – both of which are recognized by major human rights organizations.

As Director of the Auschwitz Memorial, Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywinski, wrote, “’The Zone of Interest’ is not a film about the Shoah. “It is primarily a deep warning about humanity and its nature.” We should not reserve this warning for any one group. To preserve our humanity and ensure our mutual survival, we must sound the alarm when any group is faced with such acts of cruelty and destruction.

We are proud Jews who condemn the weaponization of Jewish identity and the memory of the Holocaust, justifying what many experts in international law, including leading Holocaust scholars, have identified as a “genocide in the making.” We reject the false choice between Jewish security and Palestinian freedom. We stand with all those demanding a permanent ceasefire, including the safe return of all hostages and immediate delivery of aid to Gaza, and an end to Israel’s ongoing bombardment and siege of Gaza.

We honor the memory of the Holocaust by saying: Never again for anyone.

Signed,

  1. Raanan Alexandrowicz
  1. Vee (formerly Eve Ensler)

*Ehrlich is a critic at IndieWire, which shares a parent company, Penske Media Diversity,



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