One of the prestigious awards of the entertainment fraternity —The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards presented on April 10 and April 11 saw the best of films being nominated and taking home the titles from films across the globe.
The BAFTA –presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, were handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2020 and early 2021.
Among the many films that won awards, Palestinian film ‘The Present’ bagged the award for the Best Short Film at 2021 directed by British-Palestinian filmmaker Farah Nabulsi.
The film which is Nabulsi’s directorial debut is the story of Yousef, played by Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri, who along with his daughter travel to buy a wedding anniversary gift for his wife in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The film, co-written by Nabulsi and Palestinian-American poet and director Hind Shoufani has also been nominated for the Oscars which is due on April 25.
Absolutely blown away!!! A BAFTA!!! ????? https://t.co/NJL4NnWD4i
— Farah Nabulsi (@farah_nabulsi) April 10, 2021
The two-day London-based event kicked off virtually on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic and the final evening of the awards took place on Sunday where Farah Nabulsi received the award virtually.
Sharing her winning moment through a video, she exclaimed, “Wow! Amazing! I really want to thank BAFTA and everybody who worked on this film with me. For anyone who has seen The Present … you would know why I dedicate this award to the people of Palestine for whom freedom and equality is long, long overdue…” She also took to Twitter to share her moment and tweeted, “Absolutely blown away!!! A BAFTA!!!”