Doha Tribeca honours Algerian filmmaker
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 31-10-2011 Merzak Allouache's 'Normal', a film about young, disillusioned Algerians in the wake of the Arab Spring, has won the top accolade at Qatar's annual film festival.
The honour - along with a US$100,000 prize - was awarded to the Algerian filmmaker on Saturday (29 October) as the third Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) drew to a close.
Allouache dedicated his award to the "Syrian people's struggle" after his film was selected by a five strong judging panel headed by popular Syrian director Mohammed Malas.
Moroccan Roschdy Zem won the 'best Arab narrative filmmaker' prize worth $50,000 for his production 'Omar Killed Me', about a Moroccan immigrant who suffered a miscarriage of justice after being accused of murdering his wealthy French employer.
Lebanese director Rania Stephan was recognised by the panel as the 'best Arab documentary filmmaker' for her portrayal of Egyptian actress Souad Hosni. While French-Egyptian filmmaker Namir Abdel Messeh picked up the best documentary film prize for 'The Virgin, the Copts and Me'.
The DTFF is one of a growing number of initiatives in the Gulf states to raise the profile of Arab filmmaking both regionally and worldwide. The Dubai International Film Festival runs from 7-14 December 2011.