“Jerusalem is Proud to Present,” Nitzan Gilady’s documentary film about the 2006 Gay Pride Parade won another award on Wednesday at an international documentary film and report competition for Mediterranean Basin countries.
The award was presented to director Gilady in Italy by the CMCA, the Mediterranean Center for audiovisual media and the Italian TV station, RAI.
The $9,000 prize was handed out for the 13th year since 1994. The competition also serves as an annual meeting place for professionals working in the audiovisual fields and is aimed at strengthening the dialogue and cooperation between the region’s creators.
The Israeli film was chosen by an international jury consisting of film and television professionals. The competition sees 300 entries a year presenting various types of art from 25 different countries.
This is the second most significant award that this film won in the last two weeks. The movie, produced by Galia Bador and Nitzan Gilady in conjunction with Channel 8, Keshet, Channel 2, the Makor Foundation and the Israel State Lottery won for best film in the Banff 2008 World Television Festival.
This is the sixth award given to this film after receiving the best documentary film award at Amsterdam’s IDFA festival. As of now, the film took part in over 40 festivals the world over.
In the movie, “Jerusalem is Proud to Present,” a chain of events showing what occurred in the city after a decision was made to conduct international gay pride events, concluding with a parade in 2006, is portrayed.
The event, which was planned for August sparked an already flammable city. The movie depicts the struggles between Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious figures against the gay pride events who claimed that they are “contaminating the holy city,” and members of Jerusalem’s “Open House,” the city’s community center for homosexuals and lesbians which organized.