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Doha fest dishes out doc awards

Lebanese director Rania Stephan (pictured) was named best documentary filmmaker for The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni and Morgan Spurlock's Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope picked up the audience award for best documentary at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar on Saturday.
October 31, 2011

Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope picked up the audience award for best documentary at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, which completed its five-day run in Qatar on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Abdel Messeeh’s The Virgin, the Copts and Me, which sees the French-Egyptian filmmaker travelling to Egypt to investigate sightings of apparitions of the Virgin Mary, took the best documentary film award, and with it a US$100,000 prize.

Elsewhere, Lebanese director Rania Stephan (pictured) was named best documentary filmmaker for The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni, her portrayal of the life of late Egyptian actress Souad Hosni. The award carries a $50,000 prize.

The Doha event, now in its third year, was launched in 2009 as an offshoot of the main Tribeca film festival, which was founded by Robert De Niro in New York in 2001.

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