List of Afghan submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Afghanistan has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 2002, following the fall of the country's previous Taliban government. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue. It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.
As of 2017, twelve Afghan films have been submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but none of them have been nominated for an Oscar.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award. Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Afghanistan for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.
|Film title used in nomination||Original title||Language(s)||Director||Result|
|FireDancer||Fire Dancer||Dari, English||Wassel, JawedJawed Wassel||Not Nominated|
|Osama||Osama (أسامة)||Dari||Barmak, SiddiqSiddiq Barmak||Not Nominated|
|Earth and Ashes||Khakestar-o-khak||Dari, Pashto||Rahimi, AtiqAtiq Rahimi||Not Nominated|
|Opium War||Opium War||Dari, English||Barmak, SiddiqSiddiq Barmak||Not Nominated|
|16 Days in Afghanistan||16 Days in Afghanistan||Dari, English, Pashto||Hajher, Anwar Anwar Hajher||Not Nominated|
|The Black Tulip||The Black Tulip||Dari, Pashto, English||Sonia Nassery Cole||Not Nominated|
|The Patience Stone||The Patience Stone||Persian||Atiq Rahimi||Not Nominated|
|Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)||Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)||Dari||Barmak Akram||Not Nominated|
|A Few Cubic Meters of Love||Chand Metre Moka'ab Eshgh||Persian||Jamshid Mahmoudi||Not Nominated|
|Utopia||آرمان شهر||Persian||Hassan Nazer||Not Nominated|
|Parting||رفتن||Persian, Dari||Navid Mahmoudi||Not on the final list|
|A Letter to the President||نامه ای به رییس جمهور||Dari||Roya Sadat||Not Nominated|
- FireDancer was Afghanistan's first-ever Oscar submission. The film, about the Afghan-American diaspora in New York City, was filmed primarily in English with some scenes in Dari. In order to fulfill AMPAS requirements, the film held screenings in two venues in Kabul- a newly reopened cinema, and a stadium that was previously used by the Taliban for executions. The print used for the Afghan screenings as well as that submitted to the Academy was dubbed entirely into Dari. The film's writer-director Jawed Wassel, an Afghan-American who had received asylum in the United States in the 1980s, was brutally murdered while the film was in post-production. The film's producer Nathan Powell pleaded guilty to the crime.
- Osama, about a young girl forced to pose as a boy in order to work and support her family under the brutal Taliban regime was considered an early favorite for an Oscar nomination after winning the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film, but it ultimately failed to be nominated.
- Earth and Ashes, directed by France-based dual Afghan-French citizen Atiq Rahimi, was a drama about an old man and his grandson on a long journey to inform the man's son of tragic news.
- 16 Days in Afghanistan, despite its positive reception in both Afghanistan and in the west was unable to participate as it did not meet some of the qualifications.
- The Opium War, a black comedy featuring a mixed American and Afghan cast, was about the uneasy interaction between two downed American soldiers and an Afghan family of poppy growers. The film reunited Osama director Siddiq Barmak and the titular lead of that film, Marina Golbahari.
- List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Academy Award-winning foreign language films
- Cinema of Afghanistan
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