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Palestinian film wins Cannes prize

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — A film funded by the Palestinian Authority won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Omar,” directed by Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, was filmed in the West Bank and presents Israel and its military in a negative light. It tells the story of three Palestinian childhood friends.

The Jury Prize is considered the third most prestigious award at the festival, which is set to close Sunday night.

Abu-Assad was the director of the 2005 film “Paradise Now,” which won a Golden Globe for best foreign film and was nominated for an Academy Award.

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