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.