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“The Making of a Martyr” Takes 2nd U.N. Doc Film Fest Prize

"The Making of a Martyr" Takes 2nd U.N. Doc Film Fest Prize

The 2nd annual United Nations Documentary Film Festival honored “The Making of a Martyr” with its audience award for best film. First-time Canadian-born directors Brooke Goldstein and Alistair Leyland were on hand to accept the prize for the film about a 15 year old suicide bomber who surrenders his own mission to blow himself up on the Israeli border. The directors find themselves with unprecedented access in his home, with his mother, father and sister; in the Israeli prison where he is held; and in the school he attended. The UN Documentary Film Festival featured films that deal with the UN’s millennium goals including eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empower women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development. [Brian Brooks]

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