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A coming-of-age drama set among Bedouin tribesmen during the World War I emerged as the first potential Oscar contender produced by Jordan's nascent film industry.Billed as a "Bedouin Western" and an authentic portrayal of Bedouin culture, "Theeb" is one of nine movies short-listed for best foreign language film nominations.For the amateur cast from a Bedouin clan and for two young Jordanians writing and directing their first feature film, making "Theeb" has already been a wild ride, climaxing in the 2014 world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. "Theeb" also won two nominations from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for its 2016 awards – for best foreign language film and for outstanding directorial debut for Abu Nowar, a British citizen.Since "Theeb," he has appeared in a German TV documentary about Wadi Rum and a Jordanian tourism commercial, and said he would like to do more acting.Ghandour said Thaler used super-16mm film in part because it captures the desert's harsh sun and deep shadows more naturally.It also helped promote 25 feature films and documentaries made in Jordan between 2010 and 2015 .
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