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Morocco Picks Foreign Oscar Candidate

Morocco Picks Foreign Oscar Candidate

Marking the country’s 11th foreign Oscar submission since 1977, writer/director Driss Mrini’s "Aida" will represent Morocco in this year’s race. The selection committee was chaired by internationally lauded Moroccan filmmaker Ahmed El Maanouni.

The Arabic-language drama, which has no US distributor but picked up three prizes at the Tangier Film Festival, follows a Jewish music teacher (Noufissa Benchehida) who, living in France, is battling cancer and returns to Morocco to deal with the past.

Morocco has yet to nab an Academy Award nomination, though 2011’s "Omar Killed Me" did make the January shortlist that year.

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