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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants.…
Close-Up
Part of the Series: Criterion Favorites Collection
Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event--the arrest of a…
Reel Bad Arabs - How Hollywood Vilifies a People
This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of…
5 Broken Cameras - Non-Violent Resistance in the Middle East
Winner at the Sundance Film Festival, 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his…
The Occupation of the American Mind - Israel's Public Relations War in the United States
Over the past few years, Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world -- except the United States. The Occupation of…
Women Without Men
Renowned visual artist Shirin Neshat offers an exquisitely crafted view of women rights today in Iran as compared to Iran in 1953, when a British- and American-backed coup removed the democratically elected government. The film was adapted from the novel…
The Green Prince - An Unlikely Spy from the Israeli Resistance Movement
Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent events in the Middle East, Nadav Schirman's THE GREEN PRINCE retraces the details of a highly unprecedented partnership that developed between sworn enemies. In the style of a tense psychological thriller, this extraordinary…
A Jihad for Love
Fourteen centuries after the revelation of the holy Qur'an to the Prophet Muhammad, Islam today is the world's second largest and fastest growing religion. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma travels the many worlds of this dynamic faith, discovering the stories…
Syrian Bride
Mona's wedding day may be the saddest of her life. Once she crosses the border into Syria, she will never be allowed back to her beloved family in the Druze village of Majdal Shams. Shot on location in the Israeli-occupied…
A Bottle in The Gaza Sea
17-year-old Tal has emigrated from France to Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws…
My So-Called Enemy - Celebrating Diversity, Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding
Everyone has a story: A coming-of-age film about the vital role of listening and empathy in bridging bridges across personal, cultural, religious, political and gender divides. In the spirit of Michael Apted's "7 Up" series, the award-winning "My So-Called Enemy"…
This Is Not A Film
This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran…
Write Down, I am an Arab
"Write Down, I am an Arab" tells the story of Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian national poet and one of the most influential writers of the Arab world. His writing shaped Palestinian identity and helped galvanize generations of Palestinians to their…
BLISS
Based on the acclaimed novel by Zulfu Livaneli and set amidst Turkey's natural wonders, Bliss is a riveting tale about love, honor, freedom and redemption. When a 17-year-old girl, Meryem, is found unconscious and disheveled by the side of a…
Theeb
Nominated for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 1916, while war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb ("Wolf") in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert.…
Ajami
Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Ajami is a bold crime drama set on the margins of an Arab ghetto. Working with a cast of non-actors in the real streets of Ajami itself, the film deftly meshes characters…
Hagia Sophia - Istanbul's Mystery
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
Whether serving as Christian church, Islamic mosque, or secular museum, Hagia Sophia and its soaring dome have inspired reverence and awe. For 800 years, it was the largest enclosed building in the world--the Statue of Liberty can fit beneath its…
Time For Drunken Horses
Winner of the Camera D'or (Best First Feature) at the Cannes Film Festival, A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES announced Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (Turtles Can Fly, No One Knows About Persian Cats) as a major talent. His debut follows the…
The Queen and I - Empress Farah Pahlavi - Former Queen of Iran
When Nahid Persson Sarvestani, an Iranian exile, set out to make a documentary about Empress Farah Pahlavi, the wife of the Shah of Iran, she expected to encounter her opposite. As a child, Persson Sarvestani had lived in dire poverty,…
A Requiem for Syrian Refugees
A Requiem for Syrian Refugees is a poignant journey of survival, resilience and empowerment. Requiem is a wrenching documentary that features epic landscapes and compelling candid testimonies of Syrian refugees. Shot unembedded less than one hundred miles from ISIS controlled…