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Driss Mrini’s ‘Aida’ to Represent Morocco in the Oscars

Rabat – A selection committee headed by film director Ahmed Maanouni has selected “Aida” to represent Morocco in the best foreign language film category at the 88th Academy Awards (Oscars).

“Aida”, directed by Driss Mrini, stars Noufissa Bechahda as Aida Cohen, a Paris-based Jewish music teacher who is battling a malignant tumor. Convinced that her days are numbered, she then decides to return to Morocco to reconnect with her roots and regain forgotten childhood memories.

The film has also been selected in many other festivals, especially Tangier’s National Film Festival.

Morocco has submitted a total of ten films for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language film since 1977. However, none of these films have yet succeeded in receiving a nomination.

Moroccan films which sought Oscars nomination are as follows: Blood Wedding (1977), Mektoub (1998), Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000), the Moroccan Symphony (2006), Goodbye Mothers (2008), Casanegra (2009), Omar Killed Me (2011), Death for Sale (2012), Horses of God (2013), the Red Mood (2014).

The Best Foreign Language is handed out to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America that contains primarily non-English dialogue.

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