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October 13, 2012

Beirut Film Festival: Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s ‘The Gardener’ wins Best Documentary

LFA News, October 12

The 12th annual Beirut International Film Festival has presented the Gold Aleph Best Documentary award to Mohsen Makhmalbaf for The Gardener. ‘The Gardener’ is a poetic documentary made in Jerusalem, Haifa, and Akka, in Israel. It is the story of a debate between two Iranian generations; it is about the positive aspects of religion. The film also sheds light on the beauty of the Baháí gardens. According to critics at Busan Festival, ‘The Gardener’ is reminiscent of Makhmalbaf’s Gabbeh and Sokout. They have praised the poetic simplicity and the peace-loving message of the film.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who at the time of the presentation was at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, sent a visual message to the audience in Lebanon. In this message he comments, “I would like to offer ‘The Gardener’ and this important prize from the Beirut International Film Festival to all those people who are working around the world for peace and who are striving to prevent wars which are the causes of destruction committed in the name of God”.

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