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Anhey Ghore da Daan and Marathon Boy win awards at Abu Dhabi

By Bikas Mishra • Published on October 22, 2011

Gurvinder Singh’s Anhey Ghore da daan (Alms for a blind horse) won Special Jury mention with a cash prize of USD 50,000 at the 5th Abu Dhabi Film Festival. India born British director Gemma Atwal’s documentary on the wonder kid of Orissa– Marathon Boy bagged her award for Best New Director with a cash prize of USD 50,000.

Alms for a Blind Horse was in the New Horizon Competition at the festival. The Jury for the competition was headed by Iranian-Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Gobadi (Half Moon, Turtles can fly). The award for Best Film in this section was bagged by Stories Only Exist When Remembered, a Brazilan, Argentinian and French co production directed by Julia Murat.

The best documentary award was won by The Tiniest Place, a Mexican film directed by Titiana Huezo. The jury was headed by Egyptian-Canadian director Tahani Rached, while New Delhi based documentary filmmaker Anwar Jamal also served on the jury.

Here is a complete list of winners:-

Narrative Feature Competition

Best Narrative Film ($100,000)

Chicken With Plums (Poulet Aux Prunes), directed by Marjane Satrapi


Special Jury Award ($50,000)

A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin), directed by Asghar Farhadi


Best Director from the Arab World ($50,000)

Ismaël Ferroukhi for Free Men (Les Hommes Libres)


Best Producer from the Arab World ($25,000)

Ziad Hamzeh and Ridha Behi, for Always Brando (Dima Brando), directed by Ridha Behi


Best Actor ($20,000)

Woody Harrelson in Rampart, directed by Oren Moverman


Best Actress ($20,000)

Jayashree Basavaraj in Lucky, directed by Avie Luthra

(South Africa)

New Horizons Competition

Best Film ($100,000)

Stories Only Exist When Remembered (Histórias Que SóExistem Quando Lembradas), directed by Julia Murat


Special Jury Award ($50,000)

Alms for a Blind Horse (Anhey Ghohrey Sa Daan), directed by Gurvinder Singh


Best Director from the Arab World ($50,000)

Amr Salama for Asma’a


Best Producer from the Arab World ($25,000)

Sooney Kadouh for This Narrow Place, directed by Sooney Kadouh


Best Actor ($20,000)

Maged El Kedwani in Asma’a, directed by Amr Salama


Best Actress ($20,000), shared by

Memona Mohamed in Tears of Sand (Lagrimas de Arena), directed by Pedro Pérez Rosado



Sonia Guedes in Stories Only Exist When Remembered (Histórias Que SóExistem Quando Lembradas), directed by Julia Murat


Documentary Feature Competition

Best Documentary ($100,000)

Position Among the Stars (Stand Ven De Sterren), directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich


Special Jury Award ($50,000)

The Tiniest Place (El Lugar Más Pequeño), directed by Tatiana Huezo


Best New Director ($50,000)

Gemma Atwal for Marathon Boy

(India/United Kingdom/USA)

Best Director from the Arab World ($50,000)

Safinez Bousbia for El Gusto

(France/Algeria/Ireland/United Arab Emirates)

Best Producer from the Arab World ($25,000)

Mohamed Hefzy for Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad & the Politician (Al Tahrir 2011: Al Tayib wa al Shariss wa al Siyassi)

directed by Ayten Amin, Tamer Ezzat and Amr Salama


Our World Competition

Best Film About Significant Environmental Issues ($15,000)

The Last Mountain, by Bill Haney


Abu Dhabi Film Festival Audience Choice Award 2011

Skeem, directed by Tim Greene

(South Africa)

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2 Responses to “Anhey Ghore da Daan and Marathon Boy win awards at Abu Dhabi”

  1. kaul gattoo says:

    lets have party Gurvinder
    Gattoo Masi

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