Syrian Documentary Last Men in Aleppo, directed by Feras Fayyad, received an Oscar nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category for the 90th Annual Academy Awards.
Filmed in Aleppo, Syria in 2015 and 2016, the Film tells the story of Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud, founding members of The White Helmets, who have remained in the city of Aleppo to help their fellow citizens-and experience daily life, death, struggle and triumph in a city under fire.
Supported by AFAC, Last Men in Aleppo premiered in January 2017 at the Sundance Film Festival where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema – Documentary section and have since been awarded and nominated in many international film festivals.
The 90th Academy Awards had acknowledged another Arab film, The Insult by Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri who will be competing in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Other Arab films that had made it to the Oscar race in the past years are Paradise Now and Omar by Hani Abu-Assad, Theeb by Naji Abou Nawwar,The Square by Jihane Noujaim and Karama Has No Walls by Sarah Ishaq.
Winners will be announced during the award ceremony which will be held on 4 March 2018.
For the full list of nominations, please click here