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'The Insult' and 'Last Men In Aleppo' two path-breaking Arab films nominated for the Oscars

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Two Arab movies are nominated for an Academy Award 2018, which will be held tomorrow Monday at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the USA.

'The Insult' will represent Lebanon in the category of Best Foreign Language Film while the Syrian film 'Last Men in Aleppo' features in the Best Documentary Feature competition.

'The Insult', or “Case 23” in Arabic, is about a minor incident between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee which goes out of control and turns into an explosive trial that ends up dividing the two communities.

Directed by Ziad Doueiri, the Insult stars Rita Hayek, Adel Karam, Diamand Bou Abboud and Camille Salameh.

A minor flare-up which broke in the streets of Beirut worsened quickly as developments unfold, to turn into a microcosm depicting the complexity of the political scene in Lebanon and reflecting the current tensions between Christians and Palestinian Muslim refugees who arrived in the country after the 1948 war in Palestine.

'Last Men in Aleppo' has become the first ever Syrian film to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Described by its director Firas Fayyad as “ a big shout out to justice”, the documentary movie, lays bare the horrors of the war inferno in his native country, Syria.

The movie focuses on the remaining citizens of Aleppo who are bracing for the horrific life of the dead under siege in a city which used to be flourishing, as the country continues to be ravaged by the war which erupted in 2011.

The director makes us travel through the eyes of volunteer rescue workers, called the White Helmets, to explore the atrocities of daily life, death, internecine killings in a city where war has become the norm.

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