Al Jazeera Children’s Channel’s (JCC) won three gold awards for My Simple Story at the 14th Cairo Arab Media Festival last Saturday.
Receiving the awards on behalf of JCC, Khalil Benkirane, Executive Producer who oversaw the making of My Simple Story, expressed delight at the honour.
My Simple Story is a short feature film, produced by JCC this year and directed by the awards winning independent Palestinian/Canadian filmmaker Izidore K Musallam.
The 36-minute film won a gold creativity prize for Best Film, Best Director, and a reward sum of 40,000 Egyptian pounds. Moreover the gold creativity prize for Best Child Actor went to Wassim Matar, and Best Child Actress to Milay Mur Khamiss; both main cast of the film were rewarded a sum of 10,000 Egyptian pounds each.
“It is with great delight that we accept this prestigious award. For the last 13 years the Cairo Arab Media Festival has attracted the best works from private and public production sectors. It makes us very proud to have our production recognised given the rightful cause it represents, ‘the right to return for the Palestinian people,” said Malika Alouane, Director of Marketing and Communications at JCC.
The film illustrates the story of 10-year-old “Sami”, and his challenge to help Abu Salim’s donkey return to his ancestral home in the city of Haifa. This fiction was entirely filmed in the Palestinian and Israeli territories.
My Simple Story is one of 40 films that JCC is producing in collaboration with renowned Arab and International film directors.
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