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Zhang Yimou Selects His Protégé for Rolex

Zhang Yimou Selects His Protégé for Rolex

Rolex recently announced that director Zhang Yimou has selected Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir as his protégé for the 2010-11 Rolex Mentor and Arts Initiative. As a result, Yimou will serve as Jacir’s mentor over the next year.

Named one of Filmmaker’s magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema in 2004, Jacir is the co-founder of the Dreams of a Nation project, dedicated to promoting Palestinian cinema. Her debut feature, “Salt of This Sea,” was an Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Film.

Jacir will receive a grant of $25,000 from Rolex, and is eligible to receive a further $25,000 that would go towards the cost of creating a new project following her mentoring year with Yimou.

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