Pitzer College Alumna Selected for Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

Claremont, Calif. (July 2, 2010) — Annemarie Jacir '96 was selected by director Zhang Yimou as his protégé for the 2010-11 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

The program gives exceptional young talents in dance, music, visual arts, theater, literature and film the opportunity of a lifetime: to work with a master in their field for a year of creative collaboration. Over the next year Yimou and Jacir will spend up to several months together, exchanging ideas and engaging in an extended creative dialogue.

Jacir, who double majored in English and world literature and political studies, is a Palestinian film director and poet living in Jordan. She was named one of Filmmaker's 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema in 2004 and is the co-founder of the Dreams of a Nation project, which is dedicated to promoting Palestinian cinema. Jacir's film credits include like twenty impossibles (2003) and Salt of this Sea (2008), the first feature film by a female Palestinian director and an Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Film.

Over the past two decades, Zhang Yimou has attracted mass audiences in China and abroad with his prolific films that span multiple genres, from historical dramas to martial-arts epics. Yimou's work includes the critically hailed trilogy Red Sorghum, Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern, as well as The Story of Qui Ju, Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower. In 2008, Yimou directed the extraordinary opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Summer Olympics. He recently started shooting a remake of Blood Simple.

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