Palestinian director wins British Academy Film Award

Palestinian British director and filmmaker Farah Nablusi is now a winner of the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) after her short film “The Present” won the award for Best British Short Film on Saturday.

Jerusalem24 – Palestinian British director and filmmaker Farah Nablusi is now a winner of the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) after her short film “The Present” won the award for Best British Short Film on Saturday.

Nablusi took it to Twitter to express her excitement after winning the award for the film, commenting: “Absolutely blown away!!! A BAFTA!!!”

The film, which is Nablusi’s first effort as a director, is about a Palestinian girl and a father who both go to buy the girls’ mother a present, a typically simple task proven difficult due to the checkpoints the girl and her father have to go through.

“For anyone who has seen this film… You would know why I dedicate this award to the people of Palestine,” she said in her acceptance speech.

Farah Nabulsi is a Palestinian British Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker and human rights advocate.

She began her career as an institutional equity stockbroker. She ended up with a CFA designation at JP Morgan Chase before moving on to build a children-focused business that she ran for 10 years. In 2015, Nabulsi started working in the film industry.

She founded a production company through which she writes, produces and directs fiction films, exploring topics that matter to her and she created digital resources to deconstruct the Israeli military occupation of Palestine in a way never done before.

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