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Palestinian shows win big at Tunis Arab TV and Radio Awards

July 17, 2009 5:09 P.M. (Updated: July 19, 2009 4:40 P.M.)
Tunis - Ma’an - A Palestinian soap opera and documentary won a gold and bronze award in their respective categories Friday at the Arab Radio and TV awards in Tunis.

The 14th annual awards session kicked off on 11 June and wrapped up Friday. It awarded the TV movie Kaffa! (Enough!) a gold prize for its short program looking at the lives of brothers who belonged to Palestine’s rival factions Hamas and Fatah. The work looked at how political division affects even the most central elements of Palestinian society. The screenplay was written by Saleem Dabbour and directed by Yousef Ad-Dik.

Earning a bronze prize was the documentary Tamin Al-Intidhar (The Price of Waiting), a documentary outlining the difficulties East Jerusalemites face dealing with Israeli aggression and racist policies preventing them from building homes or receiving services from the local government. The work sums up the troubles in terms of the cost to families of trying to live a normal life in Jerusalem, it was directed by Amani Al-Khayyat.

Both award winners were produced by Ma’an News Agency (MNA), whose General Director Raed Othman commented, “Ma’an is trying through its TV production to address all of the issues in Palestinian society; as MNA works to make public what is going on in Palestine we feel we are contributing to the fulfillment of the Palestinian dream, we are very much taking part in history.”

Five other Palestinian productions won awards at the festival, including Ayoun Al-Haqiqa (Eues of Truth) produced by Al-Waha Media in Ramallah, and Gaza 2009, a documentary produced by the Palestinian Media Company.

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