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CanWest doc takes New York Fest Award

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NEW YORK - Global Television's 2001 documentary Confrontation at Concordia won the award for Best International Documentary at the recent New York Independent Film and Video Festival.

The award was presented on November 11 to producer, director, and writer of the documentary, Martin Himel at a sold-out festival screening in New York.

The documentary scrutinises the September 2002 student confrontation at Concordia University in Montreal, which prompted the cancellation of a speech by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Himel is also the executive producer of Elsash Productions, which produced the documentary in connection with Global. The Canadian journalist has covered Mideast for over 20 years for CTV, CBC, FOX and ABC.

"I was encouraged by the response of the audience at the New York screening," Himel said at a press release. "It was gratifying to listen to the compelling discussion that followed the film."

The one-hour film delves into the deeper issues of prejudice and extremism on the school campus, and the conflicts in the Middle East.

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