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Alumnus Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

Balamand alumnus Ely Dagher, 30, was awarded the very prestigious Cannes Short Film Palme d’Or, the highest prize in its category at the international film festival. The Cannes festival was held May 13 to 24 and attracted film celebrities from all over the world.

The Lebanese production, Waves ’98, was written, produced, and directed by Mr. Dagher, a 2007 graduate of Balamand’s Academie libanaise des beaux arts. Mr. Dagher studied graphic arts and illustration as well as 2D and 3D animation at ALBA, then went on to receive a master’s in art theory and new media from Goldsmiths in London.

More than 4,000 films were submitted to the short film category, with only seven nominated for the prize. Mr. Dagher’s 15-minute film, which explores his relationship with his hometown in the film with the story of a teenager disillusioned with his life in the segregated suburbs of Beirut, took the prize.

This is the first time a Lebanese production wins the Palme d’Or in that category. The win comes almost 14 years after Lebanese director Maroun Bagdadi won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 1991 for his film Out of Life.

Congratulation to our alumnus. ​

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