Two AFAC- supported films, "3000 Nights" and "As I Open my Eyes", were selected by Jordan and Tunisia to represent them in the race for the 2017 Oscars foreign-language category.
Documentarian Mai Masri's first narrative feature, 3000 Nights, tells the story of a young Palestinian school teacher who gives birth to her son while serving a sentence in an Israeli prison. While As I Open my Eyes, Leila Bouzid’s debut feature, focuses on Farah (18 years) who joins a politically-engaged band of musicians, and discovers freedom and love against her mother’s will, who is more conscious of Tunisia and its taboos.
3000 Nights premiered in Toronto and received many awards, picking up prizes at the Taormina Film Festival, the International Film Festival and Forum for Human Rights, the Annonay International Film Festival, the Women's International Film and Television Showcase, the Valladolid International Film Festival, Paysages des Cineastes and Filmfest DC. As I Open My Eyes premiered in Venice and was then screened in Toronto, Dubai Film Festival and Carthage Cinema Days winning multiple awards.
The 2017 Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24th, 2017 and the awards ceremony will take place on February 26th.