6 African films enter the Oscars race
19 October 2018
Africa's film star continues to rise as more countries from the continent continue to submit entries in the foreign language category and with Malawi and Niger becoming first-time entrants this year in the Academy Awards film race. by Thinus Ferreira
Eighty-seven countries qualified for submitted films for consideration in the foreign-language film category for the 91st Academy Awards with Malawi that submitted Shemu Joyah's The Road to Sunrise, and Niger that submitted Rahmatou Keita's The Wedding Ring.
South Africa has submitted Jahmil X.T Qubeka's adventure film Sew the Winter to My Skin.
Nigeria is absent but 6 African countries feature on this year's approved foreign language race list, with the 87 films that are slightly down from the record-setting 92 that were submitted and approved last year.
- Egypt, "Yomeddine", A.B. Shawky, director
- Kenya, "Supa Modo", Likarion Wainaina, director
- Malawi, "The Road to Sunrise", Shemu Joyah, director
- Morocco, "Burnout", Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, director
- Niger, "The Wedding Ring", Rahmatou Keita, director
- South Africa, "Sew the Winter to My Skin", Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, director
Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 with the 91st Oscars ceremony that will be held on Sunday, 4 February 2019, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.