Film world honour for city lecturer

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A QUEEN Margaret University lecturer whose film has enjoyed international success has been honoured in Las Vegas.

Walid Salhab’s low-budget film about a young girl who befriends a homeless man was shot in the Capital and won the runner-up prize in the short film category at the Vegas Cine Fest.

When Bra-et Al Rouh (Innocence of the Spirit) was screened at the Artisan Festival International World Peace Cinema Initiative in Cannes this summer, it resulted in a best actress award for the leading lady – six-year-old Katherine Abuaglain from Edinburgh.

The film was officially selected at festivals in California, Cannes, New York, Cape Cod, Tehran and Vegas, and has scooped six awards so far.

Walid said: “Hopefully it’s inspiring for other young filmmakers to know that you don’t need big budgets to be successful, and there is a plethora of ways to get your work noticed.