“Returns to Homs” wins “Middle East Now Audience Award 2014”. A special mention to the Moroccan feature film “Rock the Casbah ” by Laila Marrakchi, and “Condom Lead” awarded as “best short film” by the students of New York University Florence
On Monday April 14, the V edition of Middle East Now (9-14 April 2014) – international festival on films, documentaries, arts and events organized by the Map of Creation – ended at the Cinema Odeon in Florence.
During the closing night, it was awarded the winner of the “Middle East Now Award”, the prize given by the public: the highest number of votes went to the Syrian documentary “Return to Homs” by Talal Derki. From 2011 to 2013, the director has followed the path of two friends, whose lives have been disrupted by the war in Syria. Basset, 19 years old, goalkeeper and star of the Syrian national football team; and Ossama, 24 years old, a media activist and pacifist.
A Special Mention was given to the Moroccan feature film “Rock the Casbah” by Laila Marrakchi, the comedy with the amazing cast that includes Hiam Abbas, Nadine Labaki and Omar Sharif, which has received a great reception from the Florentine audience.
The jury of students from the New York University Florence awarded “Condom Lead” by Ahmad and Mohammed Abunasser (aka Tarzan and Arab) as “Best Short Film by NYU Florence”.
And last but not least, two additional special mentions: for the focus “Window on Qatar” to the short film “Eye & Mermaid” by Shahad Ameen; and a special mention to the short “Children of God” by Ahmed Yassin for the section “Iraq Now”.