Ramdam Film Festival In Belgium Cancelled Due To Terrorist Threat
The Ramdam Film Festival in Belgium has been cancelled due to security concerns over terrorist threats. The festival, originally set to run Jan. 20-27, was set up in 2011 as a showcase for politically engaged films. Organisers were informed by authorities that the threat of a terror attack was “at a very high level” and quickly moved to evacuate the Imagix theatre Jan. 22.
The festival line-up included Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated film Timbuktu about Malians fighting against Islamic extremism.
“We deplore and deeply regret having had to announce this decision to the audience in theaters,” a statement on the festival website read. “Since its creation in 2011, the Festival Ramdam has given the floor to plural sensitivities and advocated values of openness, dialogue, tolerance, freedom and exchange to the world.”
The move comes less than a fortnight after the devastating Paris attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and ensuing hostage crisis left more than a dozen innocent people dead and brought terrorism to heart of Western Europe. The attacks have left much of Europe in a state of heightened security alert.