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My problem with it basically ... is it just smacks a little bit too much of the Berlinale showing off its political correctness, at the same time I want to say, 'Why not?' Aren't we acknowledging Syrians in Syria went to film festivals and now that they're in Germany why aren't we also trying to normalize their lives -- and perhaps this is a way to do it.
Finally festival programmers are looking at Arab territories and realizing that there is a tremendous number of interesting voices coming out of the region that had been under-represented before, it's wonderful that the Academy is also finally recognizing there are powerful stories being told in a way that appeals as much to international audiences as to local ones.
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