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The complexities and contradictions of the Middle East conflict come into play in both the real-life production story and fictional plot of "Omar," Palestine's contender for a best foreign language film Oscar.The movie's director and lead actors are '48 Palestinians. While it depicts lovers literally walled-off by Israel's West Bank barrier, and a hero brutalized by Israeli secret police, the $2 million drama was filmed mostly in Nazareth, northern Israel."Omar" is Abu-Assad's second Oscar nomination.Almagor, an Israeli group representing those bereaved or wounded by Palestinian attacks, says it will lobby against "Omar". Abu-Assad thinks such censure is misplaced, especially as his latest film is less overtly polemical.Describing himself as Palestinian – like many most of Israel's 20 percent Arab minority – the 52-year-old Abu-Assad declined to speak Hebrew at the Tel Aviv screening of "Omar".
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