Mahmoud Darwish Award: Bakri, Qureshi and Lawrence


Muhammad Bakri won the award for his cinematic and documentary efforts for the Palestinian cause and struggle

In conjunction with the 80th anniversary of the birth of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008), the “Mahmoud Darwish Foundation” announced the winners of its annual prize for this year (valued at $ 25,000 for each winner), which went to each of the French researcher and historian Henry Lawrence “for the objectivity of his research and its connection Arab issues and the Palestinian issue in particular, ”and the Algerian plastic artist Rachid Qureshi“ for his tremendous work in restoring all that is human through art, formation and color, ”in addition to that“ the Palestinian issue was one of his core concerns. ” The Palestinian director, Muhammad Bakri, also won the award “for his cinematic and documentary efforts towards the Palestinian cause and struggle, especially the film“ Jenin… Jenin ”which documents the massacre in the Jenin camp during the April 2002 invasion. The jury said that it adopted three criteria in its choices: the effective cultural presence of the personality, the contribution to the Palestinian, Arab and international cultural movement, and the defense of the values ​​of right, freedom and justice in the field or through the cultural achievement. In 2008, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree establishing the “Mahmoud Darwish Foundation”, and the Palestinian government decided at the time to consider the date of announcing the award as a day for “Palestinian culture.”


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