The 12th annual Beirut International Film Festival presented the Gold Aleph Best Documentary goes to LFA student Hana Makhmalbaf's father Mohsen Makhmalbaf with his latest film 'The Gardener'.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who at the time of the presentation of this award was at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, sent a visual message to the audience in Lebanon. In this message he comments, "I would like to offer 'The Gardener' and this important prize from the Beirut International Film Festival to all those people who are working around the world for peace and who are striving to prevent wars which are the causes of destruction committed in the name of God".
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'The Gardener' is a poetic documentary made in the cities of Jerusalem, Haifa, and Akká in Israel. It is the story of a debate between two Iranian generations; it is about the positive aspects of religion. The film also sheds light on
the beauty of the Baháí gardens. According to critics at Busan Festival, 'The Gardener' is reminiscent of Gabbeh and Sokout. They have praised the poetic simplicity and the peace-loving message of the film.
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Another huge congratulations to the Makhmalbafs!