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Palestinian film wins Cannes prize

JTA

May 29, 2013 | 4:40 pm

A film funded by the Palestinian Authority won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Omar,” directed by Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, was filmed in the West Bank and presents Israel and its military in a negative light. It tells the story of three Palestinian childhood friends.

The Jury Prize is considered the third most prestigious award at the festival, which closed May 26.

Abu-Assad was the director of the 2005 film “Paradise Now,” which won a Golden Globe for best foreign film and was nominated for an Academy Award.

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