‘Capharnaum’ nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Kumail Nanjiani and actress Tracy Ellis Ross announced that Capharnaum had scored Lebanon’s second, consecutive nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, marking yet another huge victory for Lebanese cinema.… Read More ‘Capharnaum’ nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Oprah praises ‘Capharnaum’ as Oscar voting closes

Actress, producer, and ex-daytime television queen Oprah Winfrey made a post about Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaum on her Instagram page over the weekend. The Cecil B. Demille Award winner wrote that she couldn’t stop thinking about the movie and its young actors — praising the performances of the film’s lead (Zain Al Rafeea) and now infamous… Read More Oprah praises ‘Capharnaum’ as Oscar voting closes

On banning Rana Eid’s ‘Panoptic’: who will tell our stories?

Over the past couple years, the Lebanese government’s censorship bureau has banned (and unbanned) an increasing number of films slated for a local release because they possess what the bureau perceives is content that directly jeopardises national safety and century-old, traditional mindsets. From Annabelle: Creation to The Post to Maroun Baghdadi and Danielle Arbid’s filmographies, not… Read More On banning Rana Eid’s ‘Panoptic’: who will tell our stories?

Why ‘The Insult’ might win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

The 90th Academy Awards will air in just a few hours, and for the first time, Lebanon has a competing film. Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult will be vying for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar against A Fantastic Woman (Chile), The Square (Sweden), Loveless (Russia), and On Body and Soul (Hungary). At first glance, three… Read More Why ‘The Insult’ might win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar