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Palestinan film wins silver at 14th Cairo Arab Media Festival

Nov. 17, 2008 4:18 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 17, 2008 4:18 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Palestinian film Kaffa! won silver this week at the Fourteenth annual Cairo Festival for Arab Media in the category of short film, in a pool of 33 films.

Kaffa!, which means "enough" in Arabic, was produced by the Ma'an TV Network in 2008 and tells the story of internal political division through the lens of a Palestinian family whose sons are affiliated with different political factions. The tragic-comic film calls all sides to action and begs for an effort to heal the rift between brothers.

Winning first place in the short film competition was the Syrian Al-Mahattah Al-Qadima (The Next Phase). Journalists, actors, directors and writers from 18 Arab countries were entered in the festival in dozens of categories in cultural and media-related fields.

After winning the silver prize, Kaffa! producer Sa'd Al-Arouri said that while Ma'an faced great challenges in participating in the festival, its success reaffirmed the hard work that the cast and crew had invested in the film. He promised that Ma'an would participate in the competition in coming years and looked forward to the experience.

Winning silver at an international level, said Kaffa! writer Saleem Dabbour, proves that Palestinian drama has the ability to reach a high level and connect with people outside of Palestine. He added, however, that high quality cinema needs a great deal of equipment as well as a lot of hard work.

Dabbour thanked Ma'an for supporting the project and providing excellent crews and equipment for the endeavor.

Director Yousef Ad-Deek expressed his delight in the audience's reaction to the movie, and noted that Tunisian producer Najib Bel Hadi said of the film that it not only embodied the Palestinian situation but also the broader Arab situation.

Palestinian author Saleem Dabbour wrote the story, scenario and dialogue of the film. Yousef Ad-Deek directed it and Sa'd Al-Arouri produced the work. The film starred Mohammad Awwad, Hussein Nakhlah, Rim Talhami, Nicola Zreinah, Fouad Hindiyah and Marwan Awad. The film was released in 2008 by Ma'an Network. Financial support was provided by the Prince Claus Fund. The film is 45 minutes long.

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