Palestinian-British filmmaker Farah Nabulsi’s short film The Present made headlines this week following its Oscar nomination. Now’s your chance to watch it. The film is now available to watch on Netflix.
Competing in the Academy’s Action short Film category, Nabulsi’s directorial debut is one of two Arab films that scored nominations earlier this week, both by female filmmakers. Kaouther Ben Hania’s The Man Who Sold His Skin is up for the Best International Feature award.
The Present sees renowned Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri play Yusuf, who sets out on a mission to the West Bank to buy his wife a gift with his daughter Yasmine, played by actress Maryam Kanj.
The palestinian film has also been shortlisted for a Bafta in the British Short film category.
“It is impossible to not feel giddy that something that I created in my home during the writing and editing process has made it to the Baftas and the Oscars. Mainly I am thrilled for all Palestinian artists who might feel propelled by this, challenged and excited and encouraged,” Nabulsi told The National.