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  • 04 / 22 / 2010

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The work of Cuban pianist Frank Fernandez and the drama of Palestinian in Gaza opened the fifth Al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival that begins on Tuesday its competitive sessions.

Under the slogan "Freedom", the festival was opened on Monday evening, honoring the Cuban delegation, made up of Fernandez, Aleida Guevara, Ernesto Guevara's daughter, and other important figures.

Con el alma en sus manos (With the soul in his hands), a documentary by Roberto Chile dedicated to the maestro Frank Fernandez, was exhibited during the opening ceremony.

Guevara's older daughter also exchanged her father experiences with Qatari public and media, eager for unknown stories about the revolutionary work of Che.

The Al-Jazeera network chairman jeque Hamad bin Thamer al-Thani and director Abbas Arnaout honored Guevara, and his father.

The festival, to be held until April 22, includes 198 short, and feature films of 93 countries from around the world, the Al-Jazeera film festival director general Wadah Khanfar director general said.

The opening ceremony also honored the Palestinian people and its suffering due to Israeli occupation by exhibiting the feature film Aún vivo en Gaza directed by Swiss Nicolas Wadimoff.

Director of Al-Jazeera Production Center Abbas Arnaout Director of Al-Jazeera Production Center gave an honorary trophy to Palestinian Osama El-Silwadi, a 37-year-old man who was left paraplegic during a demonstration against Israel.


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