CAIRO – 8 September 2017: Egyptian director and script writer Mohamed Diab received his Oscars membership card on Thursday, as well as a certificate acknowledging that he has been accepted as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for demonstrating exceptional accomplishments in the field of motion pictures.
Diab posted on his Facebook account the picture of the card and certificate, saying, “It seems that the card of Oscar’s membership just arrived; it looks cool. There is also a certificate that says that I have joined based on the exceptional accomplishments. It’s an honor that they think that, while the road is still long.”
Diab added, “On the other side, ‘Eshtbak’ (Clash) movie was chosen to be the final premiered film at Directors Guild of America DGA in 2017.”
, 39, was chosen to be a permanent member in the Oscars committee governing body in June, which means that he will be able to vote and choose Oscar winning movies starting from 2018, as the only Egyptian on the team.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 744 new members this year, exceeding the 683 invitations issued in 2016.
“We are proud to invite our newest class to the Academy. The entire motion picture community is what we make of it. It is up to all of us to ensure that new faces and voices are seen and heard, and to take a shot on the next generation the way someone took a shot on each of us,’’ Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs wrote in the
Diab is an award-winning writer and director, whose movies present the social, political and human levels of the Egyptian community.
He is known for his directorial debut film “Cairo 678” (Les Femmes du bus 678), which was released a month before the Egyptian revolution and was deemed by the New York Times as "unmistakably a harbinger of that revolution." Paulo Coehlo tweeted about the film, calling it "brilliant" and saying "it should be mandatory for men, regardless of their religion/culture, to watch it," IMDP reported.
The Un Certain Regard Jury atFestival de Cannes
Diab’s latest movie “Clash” participated in the Cannes Film Festival last year in the Uncertain Regard section. Hollywood star Tom Hanks sent a letter to Diab, praising the movie and saying it is magnificent.
This year, Diab participated as a panel member for the Uncertain Regard section in the 70th Cannes Film Festival on May 17 to May 28.