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Saudi Arabia scores first-ever Oscars entry

Sep 16, 2013 | 5:04pm EDT

A new movie about an Arab tomboy has been selected as Saudi Arabia's first Oscars foreign-language category entry. The submission of director Haifaa Mansour's Wadjda marks the first time film bosses in the Middle Eastern nation have entered a film for Academy Awards consideration. To qualify for the foreign-language Oscar, a film must receive a theatrical release in its country of origin, but Saudi Arabia has no commercial cinemas, so the seven-person Saudi nominating committee had to fly to the Dubai International Film Festival to see the picture, and then arrangements were made for it to be exhibited in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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