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In the Holy Land, the state of Palestine does not yet exist.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' announcement that "Omar," one of this year's candidates for best foreign language film, hailed from "Palestine" has raised eyebrows in these parts, where Israelis and the Palestinians are engaged in peace talks aimed at establishing just such a state.Abu-Assad also said the film qualified as such because it was the first to be almost completely financed by Palestinians.In "Omar," a love story set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Abu-Assad explores some of these elements by focusing on the plight of Palestinians who collaborate with Israel.The movie is the latest in a recent run of Israeli and Palestinian films that enjoyed success internationally.Israeli films were finalists for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film four times between 2008 and 2012, giving Israel more nominations during that period than any other country.All but one of the films dealt with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, creating a counterintuitive "golden age" of Israeli film in which the government has bankrolled movies that have often shined a critical light on Israeli policies and society.
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