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 Stray Bullet, Screaming Man take top prizes at 7th Dubai
 20 December, 2010 | By Liz Shackleton

 Stray Bullet from Lebanon’s Georges Hachem took the first prize in the Muhr Arab competition at the 7th Dubai
 International Film Festival, while A Screaming Man was awarded the same honour in the Muhr AsiaAfrica section.

 Also in the Muhr Arab competition, Mohamed Diab’s Six, Seven, Eight, which tackles the subject of sexual harassment
 in Egypt, was awarded both the best actress and actor prizes for Bushra and Maged El Kidwaany respectively. The
 special jury prize went to Jordanian director Mohammed Al Hushki for Transit Cities.

 In the Muhr AsiaAfrica competition, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s A Screaming Man, co-produced by France, Belgium and
 Chad, was also awarded prizes for best actor (Youssouf Djaoro) and best editor (Marie-Helen Dozo). Best actress
 went to Iran’s Kobra Hasanzadeh Esfahani for her performance in Salve, while the special jury prize went to Oliver
 Schmitz for South Africa-Germany co-production Life, Above All. The Arab and AsiaAfrica competitions also had prizes
 for documentaries and short films (see full list below).

 The festival also introduced a competition for Emirati films this year. “We found that for the first time, there were
 enough films being produced to make an Emirates competition feasible,” explained DIFF managing director Shivani

 First prize in the Muhr Emirati competition went to Nayla Al Khaja’s Malal (Bored), while the special jury prize went to
 Hamama from Nujoom Alghanem.
 DIFF artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said: “All three of our competitions – the Muhr Arab, Muhr AsiaAfrica and
 Muhr Emirati – were outstanding this year, and one of our greatest challenges was to whittle the entries down to an
 initial shortlist.”

 Now in its seventh edition, DIFF aims to bring important international films to the region as well as provide a platform
 for Arab and African filmmaking. A total of 157 films from 57 countries were screened at the fest, including 41 world
 premieres, 13 international premieres, and 58 Middle East premieres.

 Prize money worth a combined $600,000 was handed out to the winners in the three competition sections, and
 lifetime achievement awards were presented to Sean Penn, Egyptian-Lebanese actress Sabah and African filmmaker
 Souleymane Cisse. However Penn has to cancel his visit to Dubai due to the political situation and upheaval in Haiti
 where he runs a relief organisation.

 Also new at DIFF this year were screenings on the beach for the local audience and Cultural Bridge day – a tour that
 explained local culture and gave visitors complete freedom to ask. The festival also had an expanded market presence
 and will release data on market screenings and business concluded tomorrow (Dec 21).


 Muhr Arab Short Films:

 Second Prize: Halima Ouardiri for MOKHTAR - Canada

 Special Jury Prize: Abdenour Zahzah for GARAGOUZ - Algeria

 First Prize: Sabine El Chamaa for A TUESDAY - Lebanon

 Muhr Arab Documentary:

 Special Mention: Iman Kamel for NOMAD’S HOME - Egypt, Germany, Kuwait, UAE

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 Second Prize: Soudade Kaadan for DAMASCUS ROOF AND TALES OF PARADISE - Syria, Qatar

 Special Jury Prize: Omar Sharqawi for MY FATHER FROM HAIFA - Denmark

 First Prize: Mahmoud Al Massad for THIS IS MY PICTURE WHEN I WAS DEAD - Netherlands, USA, UAE

 Muhr Arab - Feature

 Best Cinematography: Xavier Castro for PEGASUS - Morocco

 Best Composer: Essam Rafea for SEPTEMBER RAIN - Syria

 Best Editor: Hicham Saqer for MICROPHONE - Egypt

 Best Screenplay: Jillali Ferhati for AT DAWN - Morocco

 Best Actress: Bushra for 678 (SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT) - Egypt

 Best Actor: Maged El Kidwaany for 678 (SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT) - Egypt

 Special Jury Prize: Mohammed Al Hushki for TRANSIT CITIES - Jordan

 First Prize: Georges Hachem for STRAY BULLET – Lebanon

 Muhr AsiaAfrica Short Films:

 Second Prize: Jong-chul Park for UNFUNNY GAME - South Korea

 Special Jury Prize: Chih Yi Wen for SLEEPING WITH HER - Taiwan

 First Prize: Nargiza Mamatkulova for THE EARRINGS - Kyrgyzstan

 Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary:

 Special Mention: Ashvin Kumar for INSHALLAH, FOOTBALL - India

 Special Mention: Shahin Parhami for AMIN - Iran, Canada, South Africa

 Second Prize: John Akomfrah for THE NINE MUSES - Ghana, UK

 Special Jury Prize: Ariane Astrid Atodji for KOUNDI AND THE NATIONAL THURSDAY - Cameroon

 First Prize: Jia Zhang-Ke for I WISH I KNEW - China

 Muhr AsiaAfrica - Feature

 Special Mention: Lee Min-Ji for END OF ANIMAL - South Korea

 Best Cinematography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom and Yukonteorn Mingmongkon for UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL
 HIS PAST LIVES - UK, Thailand, Spain, Germany, France

 Best Composer: Jonny Greenwood for NORWEGIAN WOOD - Japan

 Best Editor: Marie-Helene Dozo for A SCREAMING MAN - France, Chad, Belgium

 Best Screenplay: Mohsen Abdolvahab for PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB - Iran

 Best Actress: Kobra Hasanzadeh Esfahani for MARHAM (SALVE) - Iran

 Best Actor: Youssouf Djaoro for A SCREAMING MAN - France, Chad, Belgium

 Special Jury Prize: Oliver Schmitz for LIFE, ABOVE ALL - South Africa, Germany

 First Prize: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun for A SCREAMING MAN - France, Chad, Belgium

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 Special Mention: Waleed Al Shehhi for REEH (WIND) - UAE

 Second Prize: Khalid Al Mahmood for SABEEL - UAE

 Special Jury Prize: Nujoom Alghanem for HAMAMA - UAE

 First Prize: Nayla Al Khaja for MALAL (BORED) – UAE

 FIPRESCI prize:Transit Cities by Mohammed Al Hushki (Jordan)

 Damas People’s Choice Award:My Father From Haifa by Omar Shargawi (Denmark)

 DIFF Young Journalist Award: Sarah Al Gethami, a Saudi student at Middlesex University in Dubai

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