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iW NEWS | “Arranged” and “Children of War” Take Home Brooklyn Film Fest Prizes

iW NEWS | "Arranged" and "Children of War" Take Home Brooklyn Film Fest Prizes

Stefan Schaefer and Diane Crispo‘s “Arranged” won the best feature and “Grand Chameleon Award” at the 10th Brooklyn International Film Festival, which took place June 1 – 10. The film centers on two teachers, one Orthodox Jew and the other Muslim, who become friends and find that they have a lot in common, including the fact they’re both going through arranged marriages. Alexandre Fuchs‘ “Children of the War” (Hijos de la Guerra) took BIFF’s Diane Seligman best documentary prize. The film revolves around Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), an international Hispanic street gang founded by Salvadoran civil war refugees which the U.S government singles out as the fastest-growing and most violent gang in the country. Also taking home prizes were Lara Fitzgerald‘s “Small Avalanches” (best narrative short), “Raymond” by Bif (experimental) and “Dog Days” by Geoffroy de Crecy (animation). For more information, visit their website [Brian Brooks]

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