The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced shortlists in consideration for the Oscars in nine categories, including best live action short film, in which the film “Brotherhood” by Tunisian female filmmaker Meryam Joobeur appeared as potential Oscar nominee.
“Brotherhood” had been selected as a project in development phase to take part in Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) Market Forum 2017. In which, it won Film I Skåne development grant that aims to support Arab-Swedish coproduction. The grant was represented to the Tunisian producer Habib Attia (Cinetelefilm) and the Swedish co-producer Andreas Rocksen (Laika film).
The film came back to compete in MAFF short film competition 2019, where it won the Best short film Award. The same year, Meryam Joobeur returned to MAFF Market Forum with her debut feature project in development “Motherhood”, which can be considered a continuation on the short.
The founder and president of the festival, director Mouhamad Keblawi, commented on the news: “We are proud to be part of this film that has been shining since it was just a project in development, before it broke through to collect admiration and awards everywhere. Brotherhood became a model of MAFF’s objective of forming a cooperation network between filmmakers from Arab world and Nordic countries. I would also like to thank the project selection committee for their continuous success in selecting the most promising Arab projects in all categories”.