Riyad Sliman, foreground, and Sami Metwasi in a scene from Muayad Alayan’s "Love, Theft and Other Entanglements," one of the more popular films of the Days of Cinema festival.Photo courtesy of the Berlinale
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A Palestinian film organization has launched a new cinema award in an attempt to stimulate the local filmmaking industry and promote cinema culture in the Palestinian territories.A jury of four Palestinians and two European cinema professionals chose Thursday night's winners.The prize capped the weeklong Days of Cinema festival, which screened 80 films, 20 of them Palestinian, in five cities across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.These movies often rely on foreign funding and are usually made by Palestinian filmmakers living abroad, some working with Israeli partners."Palestinian cinema started with documenting the misery of the Palestinians resulting from the Israeli occupation," he said, "and the picture of the Palestinian in those movies was either as a hero ... or a victim".He noted that a number of the festival's films tackled sensitive social and political issues, such as the rift between the rival Fatah and Hamas governments, Palestinians fleeing the conflict and seeking better opportunities abroad, and crime in the Palestinian territories.
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