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List of African Submissions to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film 2017

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language.A record total of 89 countries submitted a film before the deadline and 85 were accepted. Here is the list of African submissions to the 89th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.


Noem My Skollie: Call Me Thief (South Africa)

Directed by Daryne Joshua
With Sandi Schultz, Dann Jaques Mouton, Tarynn Wyngaard, Austin Rose

A film based on the true life story of a young man who becomes a storyteller in jail.

Clash (Egypt)

Directed by Mohamed Diab
With Nelly Karim, Hani Adel, El Sebaii Mohamed, Ahmed Abdelhamid Hefny

Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by their inevitable fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.

The Well (Algeria)

Directed by Lotfi Bouchouchi
With Nadia Kaci, Laurent Maurel, Layla Metssitane, Ourais Achour

Set during the Algerian War of Independence. In the film, the French army surrounds a southern Algerian village where they believe an enemy is being hidden and force the inhabitants to either confront the issue or die of thirst.

Massafat Mile Bihidayi (Morocco)

Directed by Said Khallaf
With Amine Ennaji, Noufissa Benchehida, Abdellah Ajil, Abdellah Chakiri

As I Open My Eyes (Tunisia)

Directed by Leyla Bouzid
With Baya Medhaffer, Ghalia Benali, Montassar Ayari, Lassaad Jamoussi

Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution: Farah, 18 years-old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor. But she doesn't think the same way. She sings in a political rock band. She has a passion for life, gets drunk, discovers love and her city by night against the will of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers too well.

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