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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…
Close-Up
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…
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.…
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 Sheik and I - Art as a Subversive Act in the Middle East
Commissioned by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make a film on the theme of "art as a subversive act," independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi ( I am a Sex Addict ) goes overboard. Told that he can do whatever he wants…
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"…
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…
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…
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…
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…
From Baghdad to Brooklyn - Life of a Syrian Refugee
Jennifer, an American journalist, befriends Mohamed, a young Iraqi refugee living in Syria. She crosses the line from reporter to advocate, and what follows is a journey that proves to be more than either bargained for - as illusions are…
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…
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…
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.…
Youth
Twin brothers Yaki and Shaul's comfortable middle-class existence is threatened when their father loses his job and they are on the brink of losing their apartment. Older brother Yaki takes advantage of his recently acquired assault rifle, courtesy of his…
Kebab Connection
A delightful, immigrant comedy from Anno Saul and Fatih Akin (Head On ) that reminds us how integration really works_._ Young Turkish hip-hopper Ibo dreams of making the first German kung-fu film. He hones his craft by making an extremely…
Halfaouine
Set against the sensual, erotic backdrop of modern Tunisia, renowned Arab critic-turned-filmmaker Ferid Boughedir's Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces is a bittersweet portait of a boy's sexual awakening. Noura (Selim Boughedir, the director's nephew) is an inquisitive thirteen-year-old whose eyes…
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…
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…
Wellspring of Holiness
Part of the Series: Jerusalem
BBC
Author and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore presents a three-part series illuminating the history of the sacred and peerlessly beautiful city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. For the Jewish faith, it is the site…