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Belt and Road Film Week closes in Shanghai

2024-06-20 00:48 Last Updated At:06:17

Chinese drama film "The Midsummer's Voice", which tells the story of a young Beijing opera actor's personal struggle as his voice changes, won the audience choice award at the 2024 Belt and Road Film Week, a central part of the Shanghai International Film Festival, which closed in Shanghai on Tuesday.

"Thanks to the Shanghai International Film Festival and the Belt and Road Film Week, the juries, the audience, and all the talented filmmakers here. It was at the Far East Film Festival in Italy that this film first met the audience and its meeting with the audience here in Shanghai marked the end of a journey back home along the Belt and Road. So, I am really happy to share the film with the audience here," said Zhang Yudi, the film's director, at the closing ceremony of the film week.

The media choice award for best film went to the Chilean Western drama "The Settlers". Eva Eathena, director of "Murderess", and Battsooj Uurtsaikh, actor of "If Only I could Hibernate", both won media choice awards for best filmmakers.

The Belt and Road Film Week was introduced at the Shanghai International Film Festival six years ago. It has welcomed entries from 48 countries and 55 member institutes.

Belt and Road Film Week closes in Shanghai

Belt and Road Film Week closes in Shanghai

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Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

2024-07-19 22:05 Last Updated At:22:57

A sewing workshop has been operating in ruins to mend worn-out clothes for displaced Palestinians in the war-torn Gaza Strip, as Israel's continuous destruction of the enclave has made new clothes a luxury almost impossible to come by or afford.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for Gaza said in early July that a total of 1.9 million people, around 80 percent of the region's population, were displaced.

However, in a room behind demolished walls in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, a sewing workshop has quietly been set up, with some workers using sewing machines recovered from a bombed-out tailoring workshop to provide mending services.

"I opened the workshop after I was able to recover the sewing machines and some fabric from the old factory. I work to serve all the displaced people of the Gaza Strip, such as people from the al-Mawasi area in Khan Younis and the Nuseirat [refugee camp]," said Abu Samer Shaat, the workshop owner.

The prolonged and intense Israel-Hamas conflict has forced a great number of Gazan families to flee from one place to another. Due to the continuous destruction of their homes and shelters, all they left were the clothes they wear.

Shops, markets and factories were turned into rubble as a result of the Israeli bombing, and the surviving trading sites in Gaza also suffer a shortage of clothes and fabrics due to Israel's ban on entry of goods and materials.

"Our clothes became loose. We had to take them to tailors to mend them as they had become worn out. There are no new clothes in the market. If there are a few, the prices will be very high, and we will not be able to buy them because we do not have any source of income. Our entire lives have come to a halt," said Hoda Al-Maghari, a displaced Palestinian.

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

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