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DUBAI: Films from the region, or from the Middle East, have been nominated in the Live Action Short category and the Documentary functions category at the 2020 Academy Awards, which will take place on 9 February.

“Nefta Football Club”, a 2018 Live Action short film directed by French director Yves Piat and Damien Meghrebi, was nominated alongside “Brotherhood” by Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon.

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In ‘Brotherhood’ the son of a hardened Tunisian shepherd returns home after a long journey with a new woman, to see the tension between father and son rise in this short film by the Tunisian director Joobeur.

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“Nefta Football Club” focuses on children playing football in a Tunisian village, just like characters Abdallah and Mohammed encounter a donkey with headphones on his ears and pockets full of white powder on his back.

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Meanwhile, “The Cave” by Syrian director Feras Fayyad and “For Sama” by Syrian author Waad Al-Kateab also scored nominations in the Documentary Feature category.

“For Sama” focuses on Al-Khateab, a filmmaker who lives in Aleppo while continuing her life from the beginning of the uprising to the brutal siege of the city by the forces of Bashar Al-Assad and their allies.

“The Cave”, for its part, tells the story of Amani Ballor, who was the first woman to run a hospital in the country’s history in the middle of the civil war.

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