Guatemala took a break last year from submitting a film. Their last film La Llorona made the shortlisted top 15 so it's amazing to have them back again with the documentary, The Silence of the Mole.
Moldova hasn't submitted a film since 2014 with The Unsaved. Their newest submission, called Carbon, is only their 3rd submission ever. We're excited to have them back and hopefully they'll continue to submit more films in the future.
Nepal is back after not submitting a film for two years. Their newest submission Butterfly on the Windowpane is getting great reviews so we're excited to see this one.
(Nepal - Butterfly on the Windowpane)
New Zealand hasn't submitted a film since 2018 with Yellow is Forbidden. Muru becomes only their 7th submission and this film is one of the best reviewed films of the year.
Pakistan is also back after taking a year off and this year they have submitted probably their best film ever in Joyland. It's one of the leading contenders to be shortlisted this December.
The Philippines also took last year off citing lack of funding and issues due to Covid 19. The interesting thing is that On the Job (Part I) was eligible to be submitted last year for them, and now in 2022 they have Part II, On The Job: The Missing 8.
(Philippines - On the Job: The Missing 8)
Senegal is also back in the race after not submitting a film last year. Their last film was Nafi's Father which was terrific. Xale is about to have its world premiere so we're excited to see its reception.
Tanzania hasn't submitted a film since 2001 with Maangamizi. That film was their first ever submission. Now they're back with the excellent Tug of War.
Uganda has submitted their first ever film with Tembele. It's always fantastic to have a new country submit a film for the first time. Let's hope they'll continue to produce and submit excellent films in the future.