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Winners of Grand Prize of Prophet Muhammad (S) announced
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British journalist Yvonne Ridley leaves the stage after being honored during the ceremony of the Grand Prize of Prophet Muhammad (S) at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on May 26, 2014. Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (C) and Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani (L) are also seen in the photo. (IRNA/Ahmad Moini-Jam)
British journalist Yvonne Ridley leaves the stage after being honored during the ceremony of the Grand Prize of Prophet Muhammad (S) at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on May 26, 2014. Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (C) and Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani (L) are also seen in the photo. (IRNA/Ahmad Moini-Jam)
TEHRAN -- The winners of the Grand Prize of Prophet Muhammad (S) were announced during a ceremony at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Sunday evening.
 
The prize was established by Iran’s Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly in March to honor films and publications concerning Prophet Muhammad (S) and Islamic subjects.
 
Filmmakers Dariush Ghazabani and Siamak Serafat received the jury special prizes for the features “Hannaneh” and “The Passport to Paradise” respectively.
 
The first Grand Prize of Prophet Muhammad (S) in the short fiction film category went to “The Traveler” directed by Seyyed Mohammadreza Kheradmandan.
 
“The Guest” directed by Mojtaba Heidari and Jabbar Ojaqlu won the second prize and “The Theft” by Mohammad Farhani was presented the third prize.
 
In the short documentary section, “The House of God” directed by Fazlollah Tari won the first prize and the second prize went to “The Far Familiar” directed by Majid Azizi. “Sheikh Hossein” by Mohammad Mahmudi and “Water, Soup” by Javad Taqavi shared the third prize.
 
No winners were announced for the animation and screenplay sections and only several people received honorable mentions in these categories.
 
Several writers, including Yvonne Ridley from England; Zainab Muhanna from Lebanon; Mehdi Arab, Mohammad-Hassan Ghadiri and Ali Pakseresht from Iran; and Mohamed Boukrite from Algeria, were honored for their publications, which provide responses to the misunderstandings about Islam.
 
Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and a number of other Iranian officials attended the ceremony.
 
The Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly held The International Conference of Prophet Muhammad (S) and Cinema and World Literature on Saturday.
 
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