Israeli films win prizes at London Film Festival

By Jessica Elgot, October 29, 2009
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A scene from Ajami, which has won best first feature at the London Film Festival

A scene from Ajami, which has won best first feature at the London Film Festival

Two Israeli films have won top prizes at the London film festival

Israeli director Yoav Shamir has won the Grierson prize for documentary for his film Defamation, which looks at antisemitism around the world.

The Sutherland award for the best first feature film went to Ajami, a film set in Jaffa in a mixed Jewish and Arab neighbourhood. It was directed by Palestinian Scandar Copti and Israeli Yaron Shani.

The film has also been placed on the short list of nominees for the 2010 Academy Awards.

    Last updated: 5:50pm, October 29 2009