Friday, September 13, 2013
Oscars: Saudi Arabia Nominates "Wadjda" for Foreign Language Category
Wadjdja, the first film made in Saudi Arabia and the first directed by a woman, has now become the first Oscar candidate from the Islamic state.
Saudi Arabia has nominated the drama from female director Haifaa Al-Mansour as its candidate for the 2014 Oscars in the best foreign language category.
"We are very proud of this film, which is an authentic representation of our country and our culture and are delighted that the themes and the story of this film has connected with an audience far beyond our borders," said Sultan Al Bazie, president of the Saudi Society for Culture and Arts, which decided to send Wadjda into the Oscar race.