8 Arab films among 92 countries vying for foreign language Oscar

Poster of the film ‘Little Gandhi,’ Syria’s submission to the Oscars.
Updated 07 October 2017
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8 Arab films among 92 countries vying for foreign language Oscar

LOS ANGELES: A record 92 countries have entered the race hoping to snag an Oscar for best foreign language film at next year’s awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Among the contenders that have created a buzz this year are eight Arab films. These include: Syria’s “Little Gandhi,” Egypt’s “Sheikh Jackson,” Iraq’s “Reseba: The Dark Wind,” Lebanon’s “The Insult,” Morocco’s “Razzia,” Palestine’s “Wajib,” Tunisia’s “The Last of Us,” and Algeria’s “Road to Istanbul.”
Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” from Cambodia, Robin Camillo’s “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” from France, and Joachim Trier’s “Thelma” from Norway, are some of the favorites to win.
Swedish art world satire “The Square,” directed by Ruben Ostlund, was the shock winner at the Cannes Film Festival this year and is also among the contenders.
First-time entrants include Haiti’s “Ayiti Mon Amour,” Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s “Dearest Sister” and Syria’s “Little Gandhi.”
Last year’s Oscar for best foreign language film went to Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman.”
Farhadi boycotted the ceremony over US President Donald Trump’s visa ban barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from entering the United States.
Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 23 and the glitzy ceremony will be held on March 4 in Hollywood.


Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

Updated 19 April 2018
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Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

  • Yemeni journalist and photographer Farouk Muqbel took footage of an elderly father in Sanaa

In video footage that will pull at the heart strings of even the most hardened, a proud father can be seen giving his disabled son a piggyback during his graduation ceremony in Yemen.  

The inspiring moment of the elderly man and his son was captured by Yemeni photojournalist Farouk Muqbel, who was filming the graduation ceremony of the Al-Noor Center for the Care and Rehabilitation of the Blind in Sanaa on Wednesday.

The father’s pride can be clearly seen as he carried his son who was graduating from secondary school.

The Al-Noor center was founded in 1967 and serves over 200 students, mostly children, who have visual disabilities.

The center’s manager told Human Rights Watch in 2016 that when the conflict started on March 26, 2015, the Houthis militia set up an office on the ground floor of the kindergarten building and placed guards at the compound’s entrance.