Dubai film festival awards go to Zindeeq, Lola

Palestinian, Filipino filmmakers win Dubai film awards


The movie "Zindeeq" (renegade), directed by Palestinian filmmaker Michel Khleifi and "Lola" by Filipino director Brillante Mendoza won the first prize of the sixth edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).

Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who has been rocked by a crisis on its debt, attended the closing ceremony on Wednesday night, during which prizes worth more than $1.5 million have been awarded to winners.

"Zindeeq", a joint Palestinian-UAE-British production, received the Muhr award for Best Arabic Feature Film. It tells the story of a Palestinian director in exile, who returned home to shoot a film about the exodus of 1948 and realizes he has become a stranger among his own people.

"Lola", which won the Muhr for best film in Africa and Asia, portrays the suffering of two grandmothers whose grandchildren have killed each other.

"Harragas" by Algerian director Merzak Allouache on illegal immigration, has won the Special Jury Prize and another award for international criticism as well as a special prize for films defending human rights.

The first Arabic Literature award went to the Lebanese Zeina Daccache for his film "Twelve Angry Men", a play performed by prisoners.

A total of 28 prizes worth of $575,000 was awarded to filmmakers of long and short movies, and three prizes worth a total of $1 million went to Arab TV series.