Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) by Abbas Fahdel has won the Doc Alliance Selection Award. The winning film is composed of two parts – the first was shot before the US army’s invasion of Iraq while the second part captures the post-war events – providing an essential report on the turning point in the country’s development. Instead of shorthand news features on the events in Iraq, it brings an impressive portrayal of life in the country. Director Fahdel received the award at the Locarno film festival.
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Nidal Hassan is an independent Syrian director, who was arrested twice during the making of TRUE STORY OF LOVE, LIFE, DEATH AND SOMETIMES REVOLUTION. He was one of several directors dismissed from the Syrian National Film Organization for supporting the Syrian uprising. Hassan’s filmography includes several feature and documentary films such as JOY, EVERYDAY STORY and FLINT MOUNTAIN. His debut SALTY SKIN (2003) is considered to be a cornerstone in independent Syrian cinema.