Bernard-Henri Lévy is the guest of honor at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival

The film will have its Israeli premiere at the festival on November 28. After the screening, Lévy will participate in a conversation with the acclaimed journalist and documentary maker Itai Anghel.

The festival takes place from November 27 to December 2 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque and features dozens of films about Jewish life, personalities, culture and history from around the world. It includes feature films, documentaries, classics, animated films, children’s films, short films and meetings with filmmakers. Dr. Noa Regev, executive director of the Jerusalem Cinematheque, is the director of the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival and Daniella Tourgeman is the artistic director.

Lévy is widely regarded as one of the most important contemporary intellectuals, and his more than 30 books are read and debated around the world. He is a devout Zionist and his book, The Genius of Judaism (2017), praises the achievements of the State of Israel and explores Jewish thought.

Will to See, co-directed by Marc Roussel, is a look at wars and humanitarian crises around the world that the media have largely forgotten, in places like Somalia, Ukraine, Kurdistan and elsewhere. Lévy is passionately committed to the issues he raises in the film and challenges viewers to examine their biases and preconceptions.


He has recently published a highly praised book by the same name, and his other works include The Virus in the Age of Madness (2020), The Empire and the Five Kings (2019), American Vertigo, Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville. (2005) and Who Killed Daniel Pearl? (2003), an investigation into the journalist’s death. Many of his books and films involve research and travel that takes him to war zones and Third World countries.

Lévy’s appearance at the festival is supported by the Institut Français in Israel, the French Embassy in Israel, the Institut français de Jérusalem and the French Consulate General in Jerusalem.

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