Fest fetes peace, harmony

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KUALA LUMPUR — Peace, harmony, nonviolence and nondiscrimination were the themes of the Kuala Lumpur Film Festival, held Feb. 16-18 in conjunction with the 13th Non-Aligned Movement Summit. The fest unspooled 48 entries from 39 countries.

Jointly organized by the Ministry of Information and the National Film Development Corp., fest offered free public screenings of the competing movies.

The Perdana Award went to Iranian entry “Under the Moonlight.” The Cannes award-winning pic by director Reza Mir Karimi was praised for promoting peace, tolerance and nondiscrimination.

Second- and third-place winners were, respectively, “Born in Absurdistan” (Austria) and “Nowhere in Africa” (Germany). Cash prizes for the winners were RM57,000 ($15,000) for first place, $12,000 for second and $10,000 for third.

Four other movies received awards. The films, their countries and winning categories are: “The Grand Illusion,” France, peace; “Sayang Salmah,” Malaysia, humanity; “Iron Ladies,” Thailand, nondiscrimination; and “If I Ever See You Again,” Mexico, friendship.

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