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Syrian filmmaker Nabil Maleh dies at 79

Syrian filmmaker Nabil Maleh has died at the age of 79.
The director lost his battle with lung cancer in Dubai on 24 February (16).
Maleh was best known for his 1972 movie The Leopard, which was the first feature film released by the Syria’s state-run National Film Organization, according to the New York Times. The movie took home first prize at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.
Maleh also developed several other films and documentaries, including The Road to Damascus, The Extras, and The Holy Crystal. He was also a screenwriter, producer, painter and poet.
Maleh left Syria in 1981 after he was beaten by a Foreign Ministry guard for failing to yield quickly enough for a government official’s car. During his time in exile, he taught in the U.S. He returned to his homeland in 1993, but departed again in 2011 due to the country’s political unrest.
In 2006, he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Dubai International Film Festival.

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