A short film about the scientific heritage of Muslim civilisation has won NINE awards at the New York Festival, including the prestigious “Best Film” gong. 1001 Inventions and The Library of Secrets, starring Oscar-winning screen legend Sir Ben Kingsley, dominated proceedings at the 53rd annual New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards held on 3rd May 2010, taking away more prizes than any other contender.
As well as taking the most prestigious award of the evening – Grand Winner for Best Film – the thirteen minute Muslim Heritage movie, sponsored by the Abdul Latif Jameel Foundation, also scooped an additional five gold medals and two silver medals.
Reacting to the results, Prof. Salim Al-Hassani, Executive Producer said: “It’s truly humbling to see that our efforts have been recognized in such spectacular fashion by a long-established and internationally respected festival. I hope that these awards help raise awareness of the work we’re doing within the 1001 Inventions initiative. Our aim is to increase cross-cultural understanding and help people discover a history and culture that we all share, but is still under-appreciated.”
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