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Middle Eastern filmmakers celebrate historic Oscar nominations

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"It was such good news when we got it, because this is the first time Lebanon arrives to the Oscar - and you know you offer a little bit of hope. It's like winning a medal, it's like going to the Olympics and your team for the first time wins the bronze medal or the silver medal." - Ziad Doueiri (above)

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Mr Fayyad (above) hopes the recognition will inspire others in his war-torn country.

Paris

A LEBANESE and a Syrian film director both made cinema history this week when their films became the first ever from their home countries to be nominated for Oscars.

Ziad Doueiri's Lebanese drama The Insult was nominated for best foreign language film, while Syrian Firas

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