In a first for a Lebanese film Ziad Doueri’s “The Insult” has been nominated for an Oscars Academy Award. The film was given the nominations along with films from Chile, Russia, Hungary and Sweden for the the Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards 2018.
“The Insult” is a courtroom drama about an insult getting blown out of all proportion, ending up with a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee landing up in a Beirut court to fight it out. Starring Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha and Camille Salameh the film was targeted by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS) when Doueri was detained in Beirut in September, after Kamel El Basha won the Best Actor Volpi Cup at the Venice film festival.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this was the 14th film to be submitted to the Oscars by Lebanon since 1978.
The Academy Awards 2018 takes place on March 4 in Los Angeles.