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Mauritanian Movie’s Oscar Nomination Is a First

Next month's Academy Awards show is putting a spotlight on the film industry in Mauritania. Director Abderrahmane Sissako’s "Timbuktu" is the first movie made in the West African country to be selected as an Oscar contender. On Thursday, after the drama was nominated in the category of Best Foreign Film, Sissako called himself a "happy filmmaker." "I’m [a] happy man for my country, for Mauritania, for Africa, for many people," he said in an interview...

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