Moor submitted for Oscar consideration

Directed by Jami, Moor depicts the ills of Balochistan’s railway system, and the characters behind it


Entertainment Desk September 10, 2015
Directed by Jami, Moor depicts the ills of Balochistan’s railway system, and the characters behind it. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Pakistani film Moor, which has been appreciated by fans and critics alike, has now been selected by the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee to be considered for the Oscars.

“We are proud to announce the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee has selected 'Moor' to be submitted for Oscar consideration in the 'Foreign Language Film Award’ category at the 88th Academy Awards,” said a statement issued on Thursday.

The movie was selected by way of a secret ballot and was the overwhelming film of choice of committee members, the statement added.

"Moor pushes the boundaries of cinema in Pakistan. A visual treat, the film reminds us of the history of a land we too often ignore," said Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy in her remarks about the film’s selection.

Read: Moor power to Pakistani cinema

Directed by Jami, Moor depicts the decline of Balochistan’s railway system, and the characters behind it.

It was released across the country on August 14, 2015.

The complete list of Oscar nominees will be announced on January 14, 2016 with the presentation show for the 88th Academy Awards scheduled to take place on February 28, 2016.

Earlier in 2013, the committee selected ‘Zinda Bhaag’ as the first Pakistani film in over fifty years to be submitted for Oscar consideration, followed by ‘Dukhtar’ in 2014.

COMMENTS (9)

Illusionist228 | 6 years ago | Reply Visually Stunning but story-telling at its absolute worst. If this was Pakistani cinema at its finest, then they sure have a long way to go !!
Nouman | 6 years ago | Reply Moor is a personal favorite among the series of recent releases. However, Academy always favors movies that resonate on a universal level i.e. the subject/theme of the movie should have relatability factor. In case of Moor, both the themes of deterioration of railway system in Balochistan and that of fake degrees do not have much appeal to the world audience. Nonetheless, since Moor is the best of the current lot, it seems to be the only Oscar-worthy choice. Also, unfortunately I haven't seen SHAH so i can't judge otherwise judging from the trailer, Shah's subject seems to have a more international appeal than Moor's.
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