Diff 2014 Muhr award winners

The top winners of the competition for best in Arab cinema.
Jury president Lee Daniels. Andrew H Walker / Getty Images for DIFF
Jury president Lee Daniels. Andrew H Walker / Getty Images for DIFF

Lee Daniels, the Hollywood director and producer behind the films Monsters Ball, Precious and The Butler, endeared himself further to local audiences last night when he appeared on stage to present the Dubai International Film Festival Muhr features award in full Emirati dress. The category rewards the best in Arab cinema, with prizes for both features and shorts, fiction and non-fiction, while a separate Muhr Emirati section rewards the very best in local filmmaking. A new category, the Minister of the Interior award, gave US$100,000 (Dh367,000) to an Emirati project that missed out on the same funding as part of the IWC Filmmaker Award last week, Saeed Salmeen Al Murry’s Going to Heaven.

Here are the top winners:

Best Non-Fiction Film

Nujoom Al Ghanem

Nearby Sky

Best Fiction Film

Khadija Al Salami

I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced

Jury Prize

Sahim Omar Kalifa

The Bad Hunter

Best Film

Hinde Boujemaa

... And Romeo Married Juleiette

Muhr Emirati

Jury Prize

Mohammed Swaidan

The Confession

Best Film

Aisha Al Zaabi

The Other Dimension

Published: December 17, 2014 04:00 AM

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