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By admin  -  On 18 Feb, 2013 -  0 comments

“Kayan” offers a glancing impression of Middle Eastern diaspora life through a vivid rendering of a busy Lebanese restaurant in Vancouver. Iran-born helmer Maryam Najafi films an actual eatery, enlisting its staff and clientele to play themselves; their seamless perfs contribute to the pic’s docu-like veracity, led by thesp Oula Hamadeh’s magnetic presence in a

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Kayan, 36 take New Currents awards at close of Busan fest

By admin  -  On 18 Feb, 2013 -  0 comments

The 17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) wrapped yesterday (Oct 13) with a record of more than 221,000 admissions. The two New Currents awards went to Maryam Najafi’s Lebanese-Canadian film Kayan [pictured] and Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s Thai film 36 which also picked up the FIPRESCI Award. The Flash Forward award went to Zdenek Jirasky’s Czech film Flower Buds. On the morning

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Busan 2012: Thai and Iranian Directors Win Top Awards

By admin  -  On 18 Feb, 2013 -  0 comments

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s “36” and Maryam Najafi’s “Kayan” are the winners of the New Currents category as the BIFF closes with its highest attendance ever. The Busan International Film Festival wrapped up its 17th edition on Saturday, awarding its main prize, the New Currents award, to Thailand’s Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit and Maryam Najafi, a Canadian director of

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Film on Lebanese single mother wins’s korean award

By admin  -  On 18 Feb, 2013 -  0 comments

A director says her award-winning movie about a Lebanese single mother in Canada depicts women’s universal struggles. Maryam Najafi’s “Kayan” won the $30,000 New Currents award at the Busan International Film Festival that closed Saturday in South Korea. It is Najafi’s first feature film and revolves around a woman working in a male-dominated Lebanese community

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VIFF 2010: The Neighbor

By admin  -  On 13 Oct, 2010 -  0 comments

By Shadi Elien, September 29, 2010 When Naghmeh Shirkhan set out to make her first feature film, The Neighbor , she chose to embark on a journey into her own past as a young immigrant from Iran. Shirkhan spoke with the Georgia Straight on the phone from Toronto about why memories of her childhood were

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Of Faded Memories

By admin  -  On 12 Oct, 2010 -  1 comment

Hamseyeh, First Films World Competition by Elizabeth Johnston 31.08.2010 Women often bear the burden of childrearing and community-building while men absent themselves physically or emotionally. In Hamseyeh (The Neighbor), this universal phenomenon, and much more, is explored from the perspective of Iranian immigrants in Vancouver. The film opens with grainy home movies of a woman

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