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Israeli Director Dedicates Cannes Prize To Palestinians

"I want to create a different cinema that criticizes the Israeli politics and the occupation of the Palestinian territories," Israeli director Keren Yedaya said.

Yedaya used her Golden Camera award acceptance speech at the Cannes Film Festival to lash out at the Israeli occupation troops, saying they humiliatingly enslave three million Palestinians.

The talented filmmaker also dedicated the honor to all world peoples, who have not been emancipated from slavery.

For his part, Michael Moore also dedicated his Palme D'Or to all "the children in America and around the world who have suffered from our actions".
Israeli director Keren Yedaya dedicates Golden Camera award to Palestinians
Israeli director Keren Yedaya dedicates Golden Camera award to Palestinians
Additional Reporting By Hadi Yahmid, IOL Correspondent

CANNES, France, May 23 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) - Famed Israeli director Keren Yedaya, who was awarded Saturday, May 22, the Golden Camera of the Cannes Film Festival, dedicated her prestigious award to the Palestinian people and other peoples who struggle under the yoke of slavery.

U.S. writer and director Michael Moore was also basking in the glow of winning the festival's top prize for his virulently anti-Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11".

Yedaya used her award acceptance speech to lash out at the Israeli occupation troops, saying they humiliatingly enslave three million Palestinians.

The talented filmmaker also dedicated the honor to all world peoples, who have not been emancipated from slavery.

Her "Mon Tresor" film was jointly produced by a French and Israeli company, and was financed by the Film Project of the Rabinowitz Tel Aviv Fund and the cable companies' "Films From Here" project.

She told France's Le Monde newspaper on Saturday that she had frequently refused to cooperate with the state-run Israeli television, saying it introduces cinema "dressed in a military suit".

"I want to create a different cinema that criticizes the Israeli politics and the occupation of the Palestinian territories," she said.

The focus of Yedaya' film is 17-year-old Or, the daughter of Ruthie, a prostitute, who provided for her only daughter in a merciless life before falling victim to a mental illness.

The two live together in a small Tel Aviv apartment, and most of the film describes their routine, in which Or cares for her ailing mother and works as a dishwasher in a restaurant, and cleans the stairwell of the building where they live to earn enough money to pay rent.

But hard times forced her to follow the lead of her mother to make a living, though she had tried in vain to help mother out of the callous and dirty career.

Palme D'Or To Iraqi Children

For his part, Moore also dedicated his Palme D'Or to all "the children in America and around the world who have suffered from our actions".

His applauded documentary savages U.S. President George W. Bush for his invasion of oil-rich Iraq.

It was the first documentary to win the prestigious award in 29 years, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Moore, who has accused the White House of seeking to block  http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2004-05/06/article02.shtml the film's release in the U.S., had to wait until a long standing ovation died down to accept the prize.

"What have you done? I'm completely overwhelmed by this. Merci," a jubilant Moore told the Cannes audience.

"You have to understand, the last time I was on an awards stage, in Hollywood, all hell broke loose," he recalled.

The nine jury members this year include only one French - actress Emmanuelle Beart - and four Americans, including jury president Quentin Tarantino.

Speaking at a news briefing following the festival, Moore said he does not know whether his movie would have an impact on the U.S. elections.

"But these people [Bush and his officials] have been out of control from the get-go and we as Americans have been responsible for letting that happen."

The two-hour documentary, which got its worldwide premiere  http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2004-05/18/article08.shtml at Cannes last Monday, May 17, starts with the incredulity created by Bush's ascension to the presidency four years ago, then moves on to the 9/11 attacks before looking at the invasion of Iraq and the pain it is causing in that country and in the U.S.

All of it is told with Moore's folksy narrative and deft juxtaposition of images and music to get his view across with humor and the occasional shock.

It touches on the Bush family's ties to the family of Saudi-born al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The collapse of the U.S. case that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, the deaths and disillusionment of U.S. soldiers have also been featured.

The film includes reports of Bush's links to Saudi oil money and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners -- even though Moore shows nothing as damning as the torture photos  http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2004-04/30/article04.shtml that have recently come to light.

It features, as well, footage of Bush on vacation, staring blankly or frequently misspeaking to provide amusement.

Moore, 50, is also a best-selling author who wrote "Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American," "Stupid White Men" and "Dude Where's My Country?"

The books attack business executives and politicians, especially Bush, whom he accuses of stealing the 2000 election and mishandling the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks.

His other documentary films include "The Big One" and "Bowling for Columbine," the Oscar-winning documentary about the Columbine, Colorado, school shootings in which Moore slams the U.S. gun lobby.

Moore used his Oscar winning speech on March 23, 2003, to launch a diatribe on Bush, saying that "fictitious election" results in "fictitious presidents "  http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2003-03/24/article08.shtml.

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