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Academy Awards inducts 12 Arab filmmakers as members

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki.

A total of 12 Arab filmmakers have joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which runs the annual Oscars Awards.The filmmakers are now members of the academy in the categories of writing, directing, acting, documentary, animation and production.

Among the new members are Lebanese writer and director, Ziad Doueiri; Lebanese screenwriter, Joelle Touma; Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir; Lebanese director Nadine Labaki; Algerian actress Sofia Boutella; Palestinian actress Hiam Abbas; Tunisian producer, Dora Bouchoucha; Syrian director Feras Fayyad; Egyptian director Mohame Siam; Lebanese producer, Antoun Sehnaoui; Tunisian producer Said Ben Said and Egyptian Disney animator, Yasser Hamed.

Six of the academy’s new members, namely, Ziad Doueiri, Dora Bouchoucha, Annemarie Jacir, Nadine Labaki, Hiam Abbas and Feras Fayyad were on ‘The 100 Most Important Names in the Arab Film Industry’ list that was featured in the eighth issue of the Arab Cinema Magazine launched by the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.