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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.…
The Women's Balcony - Ismach Hatani
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a rift between the men and women in a devout community in Jerusalem in this rousing, good-hearted comedy. Awash with Jerusalem's distinctive glow, THE WOMEN'S BALCONY is a warm, poignant portrait…
The Settlers - Modern Jewish Settlers of the West Bank
Even though no Jews lived in the historic Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria before the 1967 Six Day War, it is now home to hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers, who are almost as diverse in their outlooks, origins,…
Close-Up
Part of the Series: Janus 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…
Tickling Giants - Uniting Egypt through Laughter in Tumultuous Times
Dr. Bassem Youssef made a decision that's every mother's worst nightmare - he left his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Dubbed "The Egyptian Jon Stewart," Bassem creates the most viewed television program in the Middle…
The War Show - A First Hand Account of the Syrian Civil War
For the past few years, the world's eyes have been fixed on the disintegration of Syria. Untold news coverage has followed the descent of a nation and and the displacement of its population as they pour into Europe, risking their…
Closed Curtain - Pardé
Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi ( This is Not a Film ) bravely defies a twenty-year government ban on filmmaking to create a masterpiece. In a secluded house by the sea, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his…
The Hidden History of Egypt
Part of the Series: The Ancient World according to Terry Jones
Bringing to life the everyday details of the ancients Egyptians - bizarre, hilarious or shocking - this wonderfully entertaining and factually revealing film is packed full of surprises. With Jones debunking the myths, a previously hidden world of the ancient…
Constructing the Terrorist Threat - Islamophobia, The Media & The War on Terror
Deepa Kumar, a leading scholar on Islamophobia, argues that U.S. media have turned Arabs and Muslims into the new face of terror, even though only a tiny fraction of Muslims and Arabs have ever committed a terror attack, and terror…
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…
The Shape of Water - Women in the Developing World Offer Solutions
An award-winning, intimate encounter with five very different women in Brazil, India, Jerusalem, and Senegal, THE SHAPE OF WATER offers a close look at the far-reaching and vibrant alternatives crafted by women in response to environmental degradation, archaic traditions, lack…
Born in Syria - Child Refugees of Syria's Civil War
Since 2011, an estimated 9 million Syrians -- half of them children -- have fled their homes due to the civil war. BORN IN SYRIA follows seven of these young, displaced children for a year witnessing everything through their eyes:…
In the Land of Pomegranates - Stories of Israeli and Palestinian Youth
From Academy Award -nominated filmmaker Hava Kohav Beller comes her new film IN THE LAND OF POMEGRANATES, a suspenseful, multi-layered documentary centered on a group of young people who were born into a violent and insidious ongoing war. They are…
Bhutto - Democracy Was Her Greatest Revenge Against Extremism
The epic story of Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history elected to lead a Muslim nation. A favored daughter of the family often called the "Kennedys of Pakistan," Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and…
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Golden Globes Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival , this is a heart-rending portrait of a woman's struggle to overcome patriarchy to live a life of her own design. Viviane Amsalem…
My So-Called Enemy - Celebrating Diversity, Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding
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" follows six courageous Palestinian…