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Hana's "Buddha" receives UNICEF award at Rome Film Fest

TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (Mehr News Agency) -- "Buddha Collapsed out of Shame" by Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf has won the Paolo Ungari UNICEF Award at the Cinema Rome Film Fest which was held from October 18 until 27.

Hana, daughter of the celebrated filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, received the award for her humanitarian stance towards the plight of Afghan children.

This joint production of Iran and France is about a 6-year-old Afghan girl named Baktay who lives with her mother amidst the ruins of two giant statues of Buddha that were bombed by the Taliban.

The film depicts the violence in Baktay's everyday life when even on the way to school she has to confront problems such as boys wanting to stone her, or blow her up, just as the Taliban had blown up the Buddha statues.

Hana Makhmalbaf

"I hope the film will help to improve circumstances for children all over the world, particularly those who are innocent and suffer from the wars initiated by the great powers," 19-year-old Hana said after receiving the award.

"Buddha" competed together with 13 other films in the festival's Alice in the City international section which is dedicated to the younger generation.

In September, Hana's film Buddah won the special jury award at the 55th San Sebastian Film Festival.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf wins Scythian Deer at Ukrainian gala

TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf was presented with the lifetime achievement award of the Molodist Kiev International Film Festival, which was held from October 20 to 28.

Hana Makhmalbaf

He also received the grand prize of the festival, the Scythian Deer, from the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko.

President of the Asian Film Academy, Makhmalbaf, was head of the jury of this festival which screened a number of films directed by members of his family. His wife, two daughters, and son are also filmmakers.

Makhmalbaf and family live self-exiled in Afghanistan and their works mainly highlight Afghan-centered themes.

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