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For Mideast foes’ Oscar films, family trumps flag

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/oscars/article/for_mideast_foes_oscar_films_family_trumps_flag_20120217

As their nations warn of war, the Israeli and Iranian directors facing off at next week's Academy Awards share a reluctance to see politics read into their movies, both of which are portraits of troubled families. Joseph Cedar, director of Israel's "Footnote," and Asghar Farhadi, maker of Iran's "A Separation," stress that their works are about human issues and not conflicted governments that seem to be slipping into ever deeper diplomatic isolation.

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