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Pioneer of Israeli Cinema Lia van Leer died

Mar 16, 2015 18:25 IST

Pioneer of Israeli Cinema Lia van Leer died on 13 March 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel. She was 90. She was a pioneer in the field of art film programming and film archiving in Israel.

She was the founder of Israel Film Archive, Jerusalem Cinematheque, Haifa Cinematheque and the Jerusalem Film Festival.

She founded Israel’s first cinema club in the 1950s along with her husband and in 1973, she created the Jerusalem Cinematheque. She started Jerusalem Film Festival in 1983.

Lia van Leer was also considered as an advocate of peace after she had invited Iranian film-makers to Jerusalem and supported Palestinian cinema.

In 2004, Van Leer was awarded the Israel Prize for her special contribution & lifetime achievement to society and the State of Israel. She also has been awarded with President’s Medal (also called Medal of Distinction of Israel) in 2014.

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