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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.…
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…
Close-Up
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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…
The Wind Will Carry Us
Palme d'Or winning-director Abbas Kiarostami's acclaimed film documents the arrival of an engineer and his colleagues from Tehran in a remote village in Iranian Kurdistan. Assumed by the locals with whom they form an ambivalent relationship to be archaeologists or…
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
An uncompromising, heart-rending portrait of a woman's struggle to overcome an unmoving patriarchy and live a life of her own design. An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put…
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…
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…
Blush - Barash
17-year-old Naama spends most of her free time drinking and partying in the hopes of escaping from her parents' constant bickering, worsened by the recent disappearance of her AWOL soldier sister. When a free-spirited new girl shows up at school,…
Ave Maria
An Israeli settler family crash their car outside an isolated convent in the occupied West Bank. Their only hope of getting home rests with five nuns who have taken a vow of silence. Academy Award Nominee - 2016 Oscars Official…
Salt Of This Sea
Annemarie Jacir's politically charged feature debut is the story of Soraya, a Brooklyn-born woman who travels to Palestine to retrieve her grandfather's savings, frozen in a Jaffa bank account after his 1948 exile. Her status as a dispossessed exile and…
The Secrets - Ha-Sodot
Nominated for 8 Israeli Film Academy Awards, THE SECRETS presents the complexities of a religious lifestyle in a vibrant environment of youth, rebellion and desire. Naomi, the brilliant and pious daughter of an ultra orthodox rabbi finds herself at a…
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…
Past Life
Inspired by true events, PAST LIFE tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters - one an introverted ambitious classical music composer, and the other a combative liberal magazine editor. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery…
People That Are Not Me - Anashim Shehem Lo Ani
Joy, a young woman living in Tel Aviv, has a love-hate relationship with the city's casual sex scene. As it stands, she lives in the same neighborhood as her ex, making it nearly impossible for her to move on. And…
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…
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.…
Farshid Akhlaghipour - Short Films
A collection of short films from Iranian born filmmaker Farshid Akhlaghipour. His short films have been screened in a variety of national and international festivals. Farshid won Best Short Film for Blind Owl Wedding Hall in the most prestigious Iranian…
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Princess
In this bold, stunning film, 12-year-old Adar and her stepfather push their role-playing games into dangerous territory while her workaholic mother is away from home. As Adar attempts to delicately maneuver between the tempestuous and fiery relationships at home, she…
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…
A Rooftop in Gaza - Rock Ba-Casba
The year is 1989. In an era of Palestinian demands for independence, the State of Israel sends young soldiers to oversee the Arab population in the Occupied Territories. After one of them is killed, the common fate of four young…