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Citizenfour to open Israel's DocAviv festival

Documentary festival to focus on

DocAviv, Israel’s top documentary festival, has finalized the selection for its 17th edition (May 7-16).

With a solid reputation to defend, the festival will kick off with Laura Poitras’ Academy Award winner Citizenfour, whose theme, the onging Edward Snowden saga, fits one of the festival’s main concerns - “(un)Free World”.

Some 13 Israeli films have been selected to compete in the Docaviv Isreali Film Competition.

A total 11 world premieres are competing for The Sarah and Michael Sela Prize

The $18,000 (Nis 70,000) award is the largest prize for documentary filmmaking offered anywhere in Israel.

Some 75 Israeli films have been submitted to the Israeli competition. Well known names among the contenders include: Reuven Brodsky with 7 Days in St. Petersburg, whose previous film Home Movie has won the 2012 Docaviv competition, Avigail Sperber produced Girsa De’Yankuta by Noa Roth, Censored Voices by Mor Loushy which premiered in Sundance and Twilight of a Life, which

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