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“Habibi,” a story of forbidden love, and the first fiction feature set in Gaza in over 15 years was the big winner at the 2011 Dubai International Film Festival. Habibi received the awards for Muhr Arab Feature – Best Film :Susan Youssef (Director), Muhr Arab Feature – Best Actress :Maisa Abd Elhadi (Actor / Actress), Muhr Arab Feature – Best Editor :Susan Youssef (Editor, FIPRESCI Arab Feature :Susan Youssef (Director), and Muhr Arab Feature – Best Editor :Man Kit Lam (Editor).

The film is described as a modern re-telling of the legendary tragic romance ‘Majnun Layla’, which was set in seventh century Arabia, when a poet named Qays fell in love with Layla. Driven by the intensity of his passion, Qays was known as ‘Majnun Layla’, which translates as ‘madman for Layla’. In the contemporary setting, two students in the West Bank are forced to return home to Gaza, where their love defies tradition. To reach his lover, Qays graffiti’s poetry across town.

The complete list of winners of the 2011 Dubai International Film Festival

Muhr Arab Feature

Muhr Arab Feature – Best Film
HABIBI RASAK KHARBAN (HABIBI)
Director: Susan Youssef
Palestine, U.S.A., Netherlands, United Arab Emirates

Muhr Arab Feature – Special Jury Prize
AL JUMA AL AKHEIRA (The LAST FRIDAY)
Director: Yahya Al Abdallah
Jordan, United Arab Emirates

Muhr Arab Feature – Best Actor
AL JUMA AL AKHEIRA (The LAST FRIDAY)
Actor / Actress: Ali Suliman
Jordan, United Arab Emirates

Muhr Arab Feature – Best Actress
HABIBI RASAK KHARBAN (HABIBI)
Actor / Actress: Maisa Abd Elhadi
Palestine, U.S.A., Netherlands, United Arab Emirates

Muhr Arab Feature – Best Scriptwriter
SHI GHADI OU SHI JAY (BOILING DREAMS)
Scriptwriter: Hakim Belabbes
Morocco

Muhr Arab Feature – Best Editor
HABIBI RASAK KHARBAN (HABIBI)
Editor: Susan Youssef
Palestine, U.S.A., Netherlands, United Arab Emirates

Muhr Arab Feature – Best Editor
HABIBI RASAK KHARBAN (HABIBI)
Editor: Man Kit Lam
Palestine, U.S.A., Netherlands, United Arab Emirates

Muhr Arab Feature – Best Cinematographer
SHI GHADI OU SHI JAY (BOILING DREAMS)
Cinematographer: Raphael Bauche
Morocco

Muhr Arab Feature – Best Composer
AL JUMA AL AKHEIRA (The LAST FRIDAY)
Composer: Trio Jubran
Jordan, United Arab Emirates

Muhr Arab Feature – Best Composer
AL JUMA AL AKHEIRA (The LAST FRIDAY)
Composer: Trio Jubran
Jordan, United Arab Emirates

Muhr Arab Documentary

Muhr Arab Documentary – First Prize
SECTOR ZERO (SECTOR ZERO)
Director: Nadim Mishlawi
Lebanon, United Arab Emirates

Muhr Arab Documentary – Special Jury Prize
HALABJA – THE LOST CHILDREN (HALABJA – THE LOST CHILDREN)
Director: Akram Hidou
Germany, Iraq, Syria

Muhr Arab Documentary – Second Prize
ICI, ON NOIE LES ALGERIENS – 17 OCTOBRE 1961 (HERE WE DROWN ALGERIANS – OCTOBER 17TH, 1961)
Director: Yasmina Adi
France

Muhr Arab Documentary – Special Mention
LA KHAOUFA BAADA AL’YAOUM (NO MORE FEAR)
Director: Mourad Ben Cheikh
Tunisia

Muhr Arab Short

Muhr Arabic Shorts – First Prize
SUR LA ROUTE DU PARADIS (THE ROAD TO PARADISE)
Director: Uda Benyamina
France

Muhr Arab Short – Special Jury Prize
BRÛLEURS (BURNERS)
Director: Farid Bentoumi ,Farid Bentoumi
France

Muhr Arab Short – Second Prize
ARD AL ABTAL (LAND OF THE HEROES)
Director: Sahim Omar Kalifa
Iraq

Muhr Arab Short – Special Mention
MAKAN YOUA’AD (A PLACE TO GO)
Director: Wajdi Elian
Lebanon

Muhr Arab Short – Special Mention
ZAFIR (BREATHE OUT)
Director: Omar El Zohairy
Egypt

Muhr Emirati

Muhr Emirati – First Prize
AMAL (AMAL)
Director: Nujoom Al Ghanem
United Arab Emirates

Muhr Emirati – Special Jury Prize
CHILDREN (CHILDREN)
Director: Mohammad Fikree
United Arab Emirates

Muhr Emirati – Second Prize
AKHIR DECEMBER (END OF DECEMBER)
Director: Hamad Al Hammadi
United Arab Emirates

Muhr Emirati – Special Mention
LONDON IN A HEADSCARF (LONDON IN A HEADSCARF)
Director: Mariam Al Serkal ,Mariam Al Serkal
United Kingdom

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature – Best Film
TATSUMI (TATSUMI)
Director: Eric Khoo
Singapore

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature – Special Jury Prize
BIR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU’DA (ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA)
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkey

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature – Best Actor
KITSUTSUKI TO AME (The WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN)
Japan

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature – Best Actress
TÂM H?N M? (MOTHER’S SOUL)
Vietnam

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature – Best Scriptwriter
KITSUTSUKI TO AME (The WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN)
Scriptwriter: Shuichi Okita
Japan

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature – Best Editor
KITSUTSUKI TO AME (The WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN)
Editor: Takashi Sato
Japan

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature – Best Composer
TATSUMI (TATSUMI)
Composer: Christopher Khoo
Singapore

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature – Best Cinematographer
BIR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU’DA (ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA)
Cinematographer: Gökhan Tiryaki
Turkey

Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature – Special Mention
NIKINI VASSA (AUGUST DRIZZLE)
Actor / Actress: Chandani Senevirathne
Sri Lanka

Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary

Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentaries – First Prize
IN FILM NIST (THIS IS NOT A FILM)
Director: Jafar Panahi
Iran

Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentaries – Special Jury Prize
NEGERI DI BAWAH KABUT (THE LAND BENEATH THE FOG)
Director: Shalahuddin Siregar
Indonesia

Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentaries – Second Prize
ENDING NOTE (DEATH OF A JAPANESE SALESMAN)
Director: Mami Sunada
Japan

Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary – Special Mention
JAI BHIM COMRADE (JAI BHIM COMRADE)
Director: Anand Patwardhan
India

Muhr AsiaAfrica Short

Muhr AsiaAfrica Shorts – First Prize
MO-DEON PAE-MIL-LI (MODERN FAMILY)
South Korea

Muhr AsiaAfrica Shorts – Special Jury Prize
TINYE SO (TINYE SO)
Director: Daouda Coulibaly
Mali

Muhr AsiaAfrica Shorts – Second Prize
MEHFUZ (SAFE)
Director: Rohit Pandey
India

FIPRESCI

FIPRESCI Arab Feature
HABIBI RASAK KHARBAN (HABIBI)
Director: Susan Youssef
Palestine, U.S.A., Netherlands, United Arab Emirates

FIPRESCI Arab Documentary
MARCEDES (MARCEDES)
Director: Hady Zaccak
Lebanon

FIPRESCI Arab Short
SUR LA ROUTE DU PARADIS (THE ROAD TO PARADISE)
Director: Uda Benyamina
France

Human Rights Film Network

HRFN
SHOJI TO TAKAO (SHOJI & TAKAO)
Director: Yoko Ide
Japan

People Choice Awards

Du Peoples choice awards
ALS DER WEIHNACHTSMANN VOM HIMMEL FIEL (WHEN SANTA FELL TO EARTH)
Director: Oliver Dieckmann
Germany

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