Inshallah A Boy is MIFF Best Feature

Festival Jury Awards announced

by Jennie Kermode

Afsaneh Dehrouyeh in a chadari
Afsaneh Dehrouyeh in a chadari

The Jury Awards for the inaugural Muslim International Film Festival in London were announced today, with Amjad Al Rasheed's Inshallah A Boy taking top prize. Set in Jordan, the film focuses on a mother fighting for her rights after she is widowed, and it has been a hit at festivals all around the world.

The award for Best Short went to Yellow by Elham Essas, the story of a woman shopping for her first chadari after the return of the Taliban.

The festival's Trailblazer Award went to Asif Kapadia, whose highly acclaimed films include The Warrior, Far North, Senna and Amy.

This year's jury consisted of Claudia Yusef (Head of Development at BBC Films), Leon Oteng (Production Inclusion Manager at BFI Filmmaking Fund), Neila Butt (Creative Diversity Lead, Nations and Regions at Channel 4), Tas Brooker (filmmaker, When We Speak), Youssef Kerkour (BAFTA nominated actor for Channel 4’s Home).

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