Arab films compete for Oscar glory

Nov 28 2015

Arab films compete for Oscar glory

Three films funded by Abu Dhabi-based SANAD are in the running for one of the most prestigious movie awards in the world.

Theeb (Jordan), The Wanted 18 (Palestine) and Iraqi Odyssey (submitted by Switzerland’s Federal Office of Culture) are vying for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars on 14th January 2016.

All three films were made possible by SANAD, a company engaged in providing Arab filmmakers with financial support from pre- to post-production stages and helping
find avenues that will give the projects exposure.


This is not the first time that the company has presented films from its stable for Oscars contention. The movie Son of Babylon was submitted in 2010 while When I Saw You and Death for Sale were both nominated in 2012.

Ali Al Jabri, director of SANAD, said, “The recognition of the quality of films we support from the international community is hugely encouraging and demonstrates the growing appetite of audiences for seeing the latest films from the region. Exposure at an event the calibre of the Oscars paves the way for more Arab films to be nominated and recognised at an international level.”

It’s been a good year for SANAD funded films as proven by the strong showing of its other titles in various festivals around the globe including the Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival.

source: abudhabiweek

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