‘The Insult’ stars celebrate Lebanon’s first-ever Oscars nomination

Actress Rita Hayek plays the wife of one of the sparring men in the film. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 24 January 2018

‘The Insult’ stars celebrate Lebanon’s first-ever Oscars nomination

DUBAI: The cast of Oscar-nominated film “The Insult” have taken to social media to celebrate the announcement and the fact that this is the first-ever Lebanese film to be nominated for the award.
Director Ziad Doueri’s film made it through to the final five in the Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards 2018, up against films from Chile, Russia, Hungary and Sweden.
The stars of the film took to social media late Tuesday to celebrate the achievement.
“Too much joy. Celebrating the Oscar-nominated movie,” actress Rita Hayek, who plays the wife of one of the sparring men in the film, posted on Instagram.
“OSCARS!!!! #TheInsult is GOING TO THE OSCARS!!!” she added in a tweet.
“The Insult by Ziad Doueiri is in the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film!!! Congratulations to The Insult family and to Lebanon,” actress Diamand Abou Abboud posted on her Instagram account.
“The Insult has been officially nominated… for the first time in Lebanese history. #ProudLebanese,” lead actor Adel Karam tweeted.
The film, set in Beirut, is about a verbal slanging match between two men that leads to a highly-publicized trial that highlights the ethnic and religious tensions simmering in Lebanese society.
In the movie, Toni, a Lebanese Christian mechanic played by Karam, smashes up repair work which had been done to an illegal pipe on his balcony by the construction crew of Palestinian foreman Yasser, portrayed by Kamel El-Basha.
Soon insults and punches fly, and the two end up in court in a trial.
“Lebanon is a complex place ... I grew up there half of my life and I know it’s always difficult to explain what the problem is,” Doueiri said in an interview with Reuters. “At the end of the day (the film) is about two ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. It’s about justice but it’s about dignity too.”
The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 4 in Los Angeles.

First sounds of wind on Mars captured by InSight spacecraft

Updated 09 December 2018

First sounds of wind on Mars captured by InSight spacecraft

  • 20 second audio clip shows sound of wind on Mars
  • Clip also supports evidence of wind speed and direction on Mars

DUBAI: An audio clip of the first sounds captured on Mars by its latest inhabitant, the InSight probe, was released last week, British broadcaster BBC reported.

The clip, 20 seconds long, has captured the sound of the wind on the desert planet.

InSight carries a British-made seismometer package, which was able to detect the vibrations from Martian air rushing over the solar panels.

Professor Tom Pike, leading the seismometer experiment from Imperial College London, likened the placement of the solar panels to the robot “cupping its ears”. “[They are] the perfect acoustic receivers.” he said.

The wind on Mars moves from the northeast to the southeast at about five to seven meters per second, according to the latest estimates. This falls in line with evidence shown by satellite pictures that display the tracks left by dust devils travelling in the same direction.

 “This is brilliant news because it means we know the sensors have survived the rigors of landing on Mars and are meeting the requirements to achieve their science goals,” Sue Horne, head of space exploration at the UK Space Agency, told the BBC.

“It is just amazing to hear the first ever sounds from Mars,” Horne added.

InSight landed on Mars on November 26th, following a six-month journey from Earth. Its overall aim is to study the world's interior from the mission site, a flat plain just north of Mars's equator.