Israeli movie director beaten by Arab youths in France
A group of Arab youths apparently assaulted an Israeli film director in southern France following the screening of his film criticizing Israeli occupation.
Yariv Horowitz was rendered unconscious as a result of the beating Monday by several men after a screening of "Rock the Casbah" at a film festival in Aubagne, Army Radio reported Thursday.
He was treated at the scene and returned later that day to the festival. The report said it was unclear whether his attackers knew Horowitz was Israeli.
The film is set in 1989 during the first intifada and focuses on 18-year-old Tomer, a soldier stationed in Gaza, who is sent to avenge the death of his fellow soldier and comes to some realizations about the political situation surrounding Israeli occupation.
After the violent incident, Horowitz's film won the Special Prize of the Jury for Best Picture. Israeli singer and musician Assaf Amdursky also received an award for the original score he wrote for the movie.