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Kiwi film up for Oscar consideration

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/10/2016

A still from the movie 'A Flickering Truth' © Facebook/A Flickering Truth A still from the movie 'A Flickering Truth' A New Zealand documentary that tracks a man's efforts to restore thousands of hours of film heritage in post-Taliban Afghanistan has been submitted to be considered for the foreign language film Oscar.

A Flickering Truth by Kiwi filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly is one of a record 85 foreign language films put forward to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

Brettkelly's fourth feature-length offering follows filmmaker Ibrahim Arify as he returns from exile to attempt restoring thousands of hours of Afghan films which had previously been banned by the Taliban.

The Guardian labelled the film, in Dari - the variant of the Persian language spoken in Afghanistan - with English subtitles, as "outstanding" saying it "starts off slowly, but builds into a revelatory document about Afghanistan and its current travails".

A shortlist of nine films vying for the foreign language Oscar will be announced in late December before the five final nominees are released on January 24.

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