Signis Award Singles Out a Muslim Comedy

TEHRAN, Iran, FEB. 16, 2004 ( Christian-Muslim dialogue found another point of convergence in the cinema when the second annual Signis Interfaith Award was presented in the national theater here.

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The winning film was a comedy, “The Lizard,” directed by Kamal Tabrizi, the story of a prisoner who escapes from custody dressed as a mullah and who changes the lives of people who believe in him.

The award is a collaboration between Signis — the World Catholic Association for Communication — and the International Fajr Film Festival to single out films that dramatize values common to Islam and Christianity.

The jury panel this year consisted of Dominic Yung, director of the Hong Kong Archdiocesan Audiovisual Center; Hossein Karami, director of Channel 4, Tehran; and Sacred Heart Father Peter Malone, president of Signis.

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