'Barbershop' has ART connection

Egypt-based network picks up rights to DFC project

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DUBAI -- Egypt-based Arab Radio and Television Network has taken all rights for the Middle East to the Dubai Film Connection project "Barbershop Trinity."

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The film takes place in Ramallah, Palestine, and follows a Christian family that runs a barbershop. The story unfolds during the second Palestinian uprising, the Intifada, and is loosely based on a true story.

The rapidly dwindling community of Christian Palestinians, according to recent figures, has gone from some 1 million to 20,000 in recent years.

The film will be shot in Jordan, which will double as Ramallah. The filmmakers have raised part of the budget in private equity from Jordan.

"Barbershop Trinity" will be directed by Chadi Zeneddine and produced by Oualid Mouaness. Earlier this week, "Barbershop Trinity" won $25,000 at the Dubai International Film Festival's DFC Awards, which the duo attended with the film's screenplay writer, Bassem Nasir.

"I'm making this film because it is a story of minorities," said Zeneddine, who is also due to direct his "The Last of the Storytellers" for Disney. "I love to tell stories about minorities because they always have a different perspective."