Director Jessica Habie and journalist Deema Dabis have announced a new film fund in support of Middle Eastern cinema.
The Fajr Falestine Film Fund is devoted to the "production of groundbreaking films from the Middle East, with a particular emphasis on Palestinian films." In a press release, the fund states that it "aims to create an independent film collective in which five selected filmmakers will receive financial support to produce thought-provoking, experimental films focused on political, social and cultural issues in the Middle East."
The inaugural recipient of the film fund is Habie, whose newest feature, Mars at Sunrise, tells the story of two frustrated artists, one on either side of Israel's borders.
Learn more about Fajr Falestine here.
Watch the Mars at Sunrise trailer below: