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“Infiltrators” wins two at Dubai Film Fest

Khaled Jarrar's doc about individuals and groups looking for various ways to get past Israeli checkpoints receives the Special Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI honor for best documentary director at the ninth annual festival. (Pictured: Jarrar)
December 17, 2012

Infiltrators, a documentary about individuals and groups looking for various ways to get past Israeli checkpoints, has received the Special Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI honor for best documentary director for its helmer, Khaled Jarrar (pictured), at the ninth annual Dubai International Film Festival’s Muhr Awards ceremony.

Other winners in the Arab documentary category included Hinde Boujemaa, named best director for It Was Better Tomorrow; and The Turtle’s Rage, produced by Khaled Kaissar. My Father Looks Like Abdel Nasser, directed by Lebanon’s Farah Kassem, picked up a special mention.

In the Asia/Africa documentary category, the best director nod went to Wang Bing for San Zimei – Three Sisters; while Gulabi Gang, produced by Signe Bryge Sorenson, was named best film. Kahrizak – Four Views, from Iranian directors Mohsen Amiryoussefi and Pirooz Kalantari, was awarded the Special Jury Prize, while special mentions went to Char – The No-Man’s Island from Indian director Sourav Sarangi, and Comrade President from Zimbabwe’s Mosco Kamwendo.

The festival, which ran from December 9-16, also awarded Michael Apted (the Up series) with a lifetime achievement award. In total, 158 films from 60 countries were screened, and 330 films were showcased in the festival’s Filmmart – a 60% increase from last year.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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