Palestine stars at Dubai film festival.

Position:Compass 01/2014: News and Views from around the World - Omar - Brief article
 
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The Dubai Film Festival (DIFF) opening was attended by Hollywood stars Kate Blanchett (right) and Martin Sheen and launched with the screening of Hany Abu Assad's Omar, the first-ever Palestinian film to be tipped for an Oscar. The enthusiastically received tale of love and betrayal in the Israeli Occupied Territories of Palestine received a jury prize in the "Un Certain Regard" category--a closely-watched category for provocative films or follow-up works by emerging directors--at the Cannes festival in 2013. Abu Assad shot to prominence in 2006 with Paradise Now, about two would-be suicide bombers. A total of 174 films from 57 different countries, including over 100 films from the Arab world, were screened at the festival in...

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