Oscars: Pakistan Selects 'Mah e Mir' for Foreign-Language Category

'Mah e Mir' still - H 2016
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The film follows a modern-day poet who draws parallels with the life of the famous 18th century poet Mir Taqi Mir.

Pakistan has submitted Mah e Mir as its entry for the 89th Academy Awards' best foreign-language film category.

Directed by Anjum Shahzad, the film revolves around a contemporary poet who draws parallels with the events in the life of famous 18th century poet Mir Taqi Mir.

Mah e Mir stars actors Fahad Mustafa, Alyy Khan and Manzar Sehbai, along with actresses Iman Ali and Sanam Saeed.

After more than a 50-year absence, Pakistan re-entered the Oscar race in 2013 with illegal immigration comedy Zinda Bhaag. Last year, the country chose Jamshed Mahmood Raza's Moor as its Oscar submission.

While the country has never received a foreign-language film nomination, Pakistan has picked up two Oscars in the documentary category, both by the same filmmaker. Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy first won a trophy with co-director Daniel Junge for Saving Face in 2012, followed by another win last year in the short documentary category with A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.

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