Back in 2006, the Academy implemented a significant rule change that no longer required films in the Foreign Language category to be in the language of their submitting country. In an increasingly globalized industry it was seen as a necessary evolutionary step, with subsequent nominees like “Mustang” and 2012 winner “Amour” taking advantage. And indeed, this year’s crop of films from Africa and the Middle East region reflect this global perspective. Among them are co-productions with countries as far afield as Norway and France, while Israel achieved a historic milestone with their submission. As the following 12 films show, African and Middle Eastern cinema is ready for the world stage.
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