Film on Lebanese single mother wins SKorean award

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Director Maryam Najafi, second from right, speaks after being awarded the New Currents prize during the Busan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Najafi, who holds a dual citizenship in Iran and Canada, said her award-winning movie "Kayan" about a Lebanese single mother in Canada depicts women's universal struggles. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Jo Jung-ho) KOREA OUT
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Director Maryam Najafi, second from right, speaks after being awarded the New Currents prize during the Busan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Najafi, who holds a dual citizenship in Iran and Canada, said her award-winning movie "Kayan" about a Lebanese single mother in Canada depicts women's universal struggles. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Jo Jung-ho) KOREA OUT

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — A director says her award-winning movie about a Lebanese single mother in Canada depicts women's universal struggles.

Maryam Najafi's "Kayan" won the $30,000 New Currents award at the Busan International Film Festival that closed Saturday in South Korea. It is Najafi's first feature film and revolves around a woman working in a male-dominated Lebanese community in Vancouver.

Najafi holds a dual citizenship in Iran and Canada. Her film shares the award with Thai director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit's "36."

The experimental one-hour movie uses 36 still photos to recount a relationship between a film location scout and an art director.

The award is for films from Asia and the Middle East.

The $30,000 Flash Forward award for other regions went to Czech director Zdenek Jirasky's "Flower Buds."

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