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Through 'Faya Dayi,' Jessica Beshir Shares an Ethiopian Ritual

It took the Mexican-Ethiopian director 10 years to make her film about the herb khat, which earned a spot on the shortlist for best documentary at this year’s Oscars.

Jessica Beshir could have made a straightforward documentary about khat, with experts and talking heads and news clips and all the so-called traditional elements that go into a typical documentary. Instead, the Mexican-Ethiopian filmmaker decided to make Faya Dayi, a hypnotic fever dream of a film that allows viewers to really feel their way into this intoxicating herb. Shot in black and white, Faya Dayi plays like a portrait, with close-ups of hands and faces, intercut with images of branches and leaves, mounting to a moody take on the subject at hand.

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Daniel Kaluuya Wins His First Oscar

Daniel Kaluuya paid tribute to Fred Hampton, the late Black Panther founder and activist, after winning his first Oscar for portraying the historical figure in 'Judas and The Black Messiah'.

Daniel Kaluuya walked away with the "Best Supporting Actor" award for his role in the critically acclaimed movie Judas and The Black Messiah. This Oscar nod follows a strew of 2021 film award wins, for his Fred Hampton portrayal, which include the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGAs) and the British Academy Film and Telvision Awards (BAFTAS).

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South African Documentary 'My Octopus Teacher' Bags An Oscar

'My Octopus Teacher', a South African eco-documentary, won the 'Best Feature Documentary' award at the 93rd Oscars.

Here are 11 Oscar-Worthy African Feature Films to Watch

While Ivory Coast's 'Night of the Kings' and Tunisia's 'The Man Who Sold His Skin' have been shortlisted for the "Best International Feature Film", here are 9 additional films that made strong contenders for an Oscar.

Ivory Coast & Tunisia Secure Spots on 2021 Oscars Shortlist

Ivory Coast's 'Night of the Kings' and Tunisia's 'The Man Who Sold His Skin' have made it onto this year's Oscars shortlist under the 'International Feature Film' category. They are the only African films on the shortlist.

Lesotho Secures Debut in Oscar Race with 'This is Not a Burial, It's A Resurrection'

Director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese has secured Lesotho's first ever submission to the Oscars with 'This is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection' in the category of 'Best International Feature Film'.

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Cynthia Erivo's Performance at the 2020 Oscars Was a Hit

WATCH: The 'Harriet' star performed the Oscar-nominated song 'Stand Up' in front of a visibly moved audience.