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5 Arab films to watch at the Oscars

A few days before the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, which will reward films released in 2020, we take a look at 5 nominated films from the Arab world, which could well win a statuette. 

We don’t let the crisis hitting the cultural sector get us down. Cinemas may be closed, film shoots may be cancelled, but we remain committed to our desire to bring you the best cinematographic works from the Arab world. So get out your plaids and heat up the popcorn, the screening is starting!

1 – The Present, by Farah Nabulsi 

We told you about it a few days ago, when this beautiful film won a BAFTA, and we still feel the same about it! Nominated in the short film category, the work of British-Palestinian director Farah Nabulsi has everything to win. It tells the story of a father who braves Israeli checkpoints with his daughter in order to find a gift for her wedding anniversary.

2 – The White Eye, by Tomer Shushan

One of its most serious competitors will undoubtedly be none other than this Israeli short film that does not hesitate to tackle the issue of racism in the country. According to its director, it is positioned as a denunciation of the role of politicians in the general climate towards migrant populations, who do not hesitate to blow on the embers of communitarianism.

3 – The Man Who Sold His Skin, by Kaouther Ben Hania

This feature film starring Monica Bellucci is the very first Tunisian film to be nominated in the international film category. It tells the story of a Syrian refugee who accepts to have a visa tattooed on his back in order to join the Schengen area and thus join his girlfriend living in Europe. 

4 – The Hunger Guard, by Skye Fitzgerald

This American production follows a health care team working against the famine generated by the war in Yemen. The documentary is the third part of a trilogy that deals with the political and humanitarian issues of the region from different angles (in this case, food security).

5 – The White Tiger, by Ramin Bahrani

In the best adaptation category, this film on Netflix tells the story of a poor Indian villager who became a successful entrepreneur. An ambitious driver, he was able to make his mark in modern India and carve out an impressive life path. The story is adapted from the novel of the same name, which was awarded a Booker prize, a very high distinction in literature