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Big Wins at Sundance

The final winners at the Sundance Film Festival were announced on the evening Sunday January 29 and there were big wins for Israel and Jewish themed films as well as films helmed by Jewish directors.

Alison Klayman, who was featured on The Arty Semite blog last week, won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance for her film — “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”— about the Chinese artist-activist.

Eugene Jarecki won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary films with “The House I Live In.” Jarecki, is best known recently for his YouTube exhortation to “Move Your Money” away from banks who don’t represent their investors.

Emad Burnat, who will be featured in the Forward in the coming week, won the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award for his “5 Broken Cameras,” about life beyond the security barrier. But the big win was another film about life in the occupied territories.

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