Ramallah scraps Lebanese film over Israel ‘normalization’

Director Ziad Doueiri, left, poses with actors Rita Hayek, right, and Diamand Bou Abboud during a photocall for the movie ‘The Insult’ in Venice. (Reuters)
Updated 23 October 2017
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Ramallah scraps Lebanese film over Israel ‘normalization’

RAMALLAH: A Palestinian city on Sunday canceled the planned screening of a Lebanese film after activists called for a boycott over the director’s “normalization” with Israel.
“The Insult,” which deals with the Lebanese civil war, was scheduled to be screened Monday in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as part of the “Days of Cinema” festival.
But Ramallah’s municipality decided on Sunday to cancel the showing at a city-run facility after pressure from Palestinian activists who accused French-Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri of promoting “normalization” with Israel.
Doueiri’s 2012 film “The Attack,” about an Israeli surgeon of Arab origin whose wife carries out a suicide attack, was partly filmed in Israel.
“The Attack” was banned in Lebanon and prompted authorities to detain Doueiri for questioning on his arrival in Lebanon last month.
Lebanon submitted “The Insult” as its official entry for the Oscars, in the foreign film category.
In Ramallah, activists had planned a protest against the screening and launched a social media campaign urging Palestinians to boycott it.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which campaigns for economic and cultural measures against Israel, had accused Doueiri of “defending normalization” with Israel and called for the screening to be canceled.


Brazilian police arrest ‘Dr. Bumbum’ after patient dies

Brazilian "celebrity" surgeon Dr. Denis Cesar Barros Furtado is escorted by police after his arrest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday. (AP)
Updated 20 July 2018
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Brazilian police arrest ‘Dr. Bumbum’ after patient dies

  • Furtado is known as "Dr. Bumbum" — Brazilian slang for backside
  • Police say the exact cause of her death has not been determined

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian police have arrested celebrated plastic surgeon Denis Cesar Barros Furtado, who had been on the run since a patient died following injections he gave her to enlarge her buttocks.
Furtado is known as “Dr. Bumbum” — Brazilian slang for backside. He was arrested Thursday at an office complex in Rio de Janeiro’s Barra de Tijuca neighborhood.
Police say Furtado performed the buttock enhancement procedure on bank manager Lilian Calixto at his Rio home Saturday. Calixto fell ill during the procedure and Furtado rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she died hours later.
Police say the exact cause of her death has not been determined.
Furtado disappeared after he dropped Calixto off at the hospital and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.