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Press Release May 2012

Press Release - 'Bra-et Al Rouh' - (released)

 

AN EDINBURGH primary schoolgirl who recently won a Best Actress Award is to have her winning performance premiered at Cannes this week.

 

‘Bra-et Al Rouh’ (Innocence of the Spirit), directed by Walid Salhab also recently won an Award of Merit at the prestigious ‘Best Shorts Competition’.  “Katherine was an exceptional child.  I was worried about working with children before but she put me and the rest of the crew at ease.  She behaved like a professional all the way.  Great talent for such a young child.” said Walid.  

 

Katherine Abuaglain, who was six years old at the time of filming and had no previous acting experience, won the coveted award at ‘The Indie Fest’.  “I was a little nervous but really excited” about working on the film said Katherine.  When I found out that I had won the award, “My teacher put on YouTube and they played the trailer for the film in school.  Now the boy that I sit beside in class keeps talking to me about being in a movie.”

 

‘Bra-et Al Rouh’, (a ten minute short film) was filmed on the streets of Edinburgh and tells the story of how a young, Palestinian girl’s interaction with a homeless man results in a heart warming message of hope to all those who seek home.   

 

Walid Salhab who lectures on Film Practice at East Lothian’s Queen Margaret University said, “There are lots of different levels that the film works on; that we don't care about the homeless and that we've forgotten about them. The concept of giving a homeless person a minute of your time could change their day, or their life. To the innocent girl she doesn't differentiate between the homeless man in Britain to the homeless Palestinian, to her it's all the same.”

 

The film also stars Robert Welsh as the homeless man and Aidin Poori, as Katherine’s father, in his first acting role, “what a joy to see this film is going to be screened in the world's greatest artistic film festival,” said Aidin.  

 

Robert Welsh, who also produced the film together with Walid said “Myself and the cast and crew are overwhelmed by the fact that a film we made with no budget has managed to win two awards and have a Cannes Premiere.  I am especially thrilled that Katherine has won the Best Leading Actress award.  What she has won at such a young age is a wonderful achievement and I hope that it encourages her to continue developing her acting talents”.

 

Portobello based musician Mairi Campbell contributed music for the soundtrack of ‘Bra-et Al Rouh’.  Mairi’s previous film experience includes song credit in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Sex and the City, The Movie’.  “It is a real honour to have my music used in the film, as well as ‘Sex and the City’, as this film feels very special as well.”

 

Thomas Baker, who chairs the Best Shorts Competition said, “Best Shorts Laurels are not easy to win.  Entries are received from around the world.  In winning this prize the film-makers join the ranks of other high profile winners of this internationally respected award.”

 

AFI (Artisian Festival International) World Peace Initiative are sponsoring the film’s screening at the Cannes Marche du Film on Wednesday 23rd May 2012.  The next screening will then be held at The Hamptons in New York in August.
 
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