Rabat – Moroccan filmmaker Nabil Ayouch on Wednesday became the first Moroccan to be awarded lifetime membership to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a global film academy “representing the best of an international art form”.
The controversial filmmaker hopes that his presence in the organization will have a positive impact on films selected to receive Oscars. Nabil Ayouch also announced his optimism that his new role would increase the standing of Moroccan cinema.
The 48-year-old filmmaker achieved widespread success for his 2012 film “Horses of God” about the 2003 suicide bombers in Casablanca, but his 2015 film “Much Loved” about prostitutes in Casablanca received criticism for its graphic sex scenes.
Ayouch joins 8,500 members from 57 countries in the Oscars Academy, an organization that is dedicated to improving cinema production worldwide.
Ayouch is one of 774 new members inducted this year who will help vote to decide which films and people in the cinematic world should be congratulated. The 90th annual Oscars awards ceremony will take place on March 4, 2018, and the nominees will be announced before it, on January 23.
The French-Moroccan’s latest film Razzia will tackle social issues including freedom speech and the gap between rich and poor, but a release date has not yet been announced.