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LAU student grabs Dubai Ibda’a award

Mazen Laham walked off with the first prize for documentary film at Dubai Media City’s Ibda’a 2002 awards.

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Mazen Laham proudly holds up his Ibda'a 2002 trophy.

Mazen Laham walked off with the first prize for documentary film at Dubai Media City’s Ibda’a 2002 awards as one of two LAU finalists competing at the prestigious event. The other LAU finalist was Mireille Merhej.

Laham, a Communication Arts student, got an all-expenses-paid trip to Dubai, an impressive butterfly plexiglass and gold plated trophy symbolizing freedom to create, and, a three-month internship at CNN’s London bureau for his 17-minute film on contemporary Lebanese sculptor Assaf Assaf. At CNN he was assigned work on various news and business programs.

The awards celebrate creative excellence in media and promote young Arab talents. They are considered a stepping stone for college juniors and seniors and cover the areas of advertising, film, graphic design, journalism, photography, radio and TV.

Judges narrowed their choices to 31 finalists from 1,427 participants representing 18 countries. The Dubai talent contest culminated in the December 16 ceremony attended by about 400 guests.

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