Egyptian documentary wins jury prize in Beirut Int'l Film Fest

Ahram Online, Sunday 14 Oct 2012

The Egyptian 50-minute documentary 'Eyes on Freedom... Streets of Death' was among the winners of the Beirut International Film Festival

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The Silver Aleph Special Jury Prize award went to the Egyptian 50-minute documentary Eyes on Freedom... Streets of Death, telling stories of protests beyond the 18 days where Egyptian lost their eyes in battle, by Ahmed Salah Sony and Ramadan Salah in the Beirut International Film Festival 2012.

The festival, which was hosted in Beirut between 3 and 11 October, featured short films and documentaties from the Middle East, in addition to a focus on Lebanese films and European movies. This year the festival also honoured Finnish screen writer and director Aki Kaurismaki by screening several of his films, along with the legendary Stanely Kubrick. Additionally, the festival featured four films submitted by Human Rights Watch.

The Award Gold Aleph for best short film went to the film Bicycle by Rizgar Husein (Iraq), with La Femme aux Raisans by Mike Malajalian (Lebanon) coming in after with the Silver Aleph award for best short film and finally Leftover by Elham Abirached (Lebanon) walking out with the Bronze Aleph. The Special Jury Prize for the short film category of the competition went to Starring Julia by Elie Fahed (Lebanon).

Concerning feature films, the Gold Aleph for best feature film went to Thomas Vinerberg for The Hunt (Denmark) winning by audience vote. Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf walked out with the Gold Aleph for best documentary for The Gardner. Lebanese director Katia Jarjoura won the best director award for her documentary Goodbye Mubarak.

Along with the Egyptian winners, Nujoum Alghanem from the United Arab Emirates won the Silver Special Jury Prize for her documentary Amal.

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