Middle Eastern Studies

3 Faces

3 Faces

Director: Jafar Panahi
Year: 2019

Filmmaker Jafar Panahi and actress Behnaz Jafari travel to the rural northwest of Iran after receiving a plea for help from a girl whose family has forbid her from studying acting in Tehran. Amusing encounters abound, but they soon discover that the...

3 Faces

5 Broken Cameras

5 Broken Cameras

Director: Guy Davidi, Emad Burnat
Year: 2011

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by...

5 Broken Cameras

A Cinema of Discontent

A Cinema of Discontent

Director: Jamsheed Akrami
Year: 2013

The international success of Iranian cinema over the past decades may have veiled the fact that Iranian filmmakers work under extremely harsh circumstances rarely seen in other national cinemas. Filmmaking in Iran is subject to tight government...

A Cinema of Discontent

A Walk With Kiarostami

A Walk With Kiarostami

Director: Jamsheed Akrami
Year: 2003

U.S.-based film professor Jamsheed Akrami talks to Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami in an inpromptu video interview, which offers a frank and funny view of Kiarostami rarely seen before. The interview was conducted over a span of two days during the...

A Walk With Kiarostami

Ajami

Ajami

Director: Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti
Year: 2009

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 and conflicts with...

Ajami

Alila

Alila

Director: Amos Gitai
Year: 2003

Amos Gitai's ALILA tells the story of over a dozen distinct characters who inhabit an apartment complex located in a rundown neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Alila

Arab Labor: The Complete First Season

Arab Labor: The Complete First Season

Director: Yaakov Goldwasser, Roni Ninio
Year: 2008

This critically-acclaimed comedy series from Israel is about Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity. This series pierces the taboos surrounding the prickly, long-standing status quo in which Palestinian and...

Arab Labor: The Complete First Season

Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One

Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One

Director: Miguel Gomes
Year: 2014

In Portugal- one European country in crisis- a film director proposes to build fictional stories from the miserable reality he is immersed in. However, failing to find meaning in his work, he cowardly runs away and leaves the beautiful Scheherazade...

Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One

Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One

Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One

Director: Miguel Gomes
Year: 2015

In Portugal- one European country in crisis- a film director proposes to build fictional stories from the miserable reality he is immersed in. However, failing to find meaning in his work, he cowardly runs away and leaves the beautiful Scheherazade...

Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One

Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One

Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One

Year: 2015

In Portugal- one European country in crisis- a film director proposes to build fictional stories from the miserable reality he is immersed in. However, failing to find meaning in his work, he cowardly runs away and leaves the beautiful Scheherazade...

Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One

Armadillo

Armadillo

Director: Janus Metz
Year: 2010

Janus Metz's Armadillo follows a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2009. An intimate, visually stunning account of both the horror and growing cynicism of modern warfare that provoked a national debate over government...

Armadillo

As I Open My Eyes

As I Open My Eyes

Director: Leyla Bouzid
Year: 2015

As I Open My Eyes gives us a look at Tunisian youth on the eve of the Jasmine Revolution as they are pulled in all directions by conflicting forces: disenchantment, fear, creativity, rebellion against dictatorship, rejection of conservatism, and the...

As I Open My Eyes

Beaufort

Beaufort

Director: Joseph Cedar
Year: 2007

Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, BEAUFORT chronicles the final days of an Israeli army unit's tense, painful withdrawal in 2000 from a strategic bunker inside a 12th century Crusader fortress near the Lebanese border, marking the end of...

Beaufort

The Challenge (2017 documentary)

The Challenge (2017 documentary)

Director: Yuri Ancarani
Year: 2017

Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani’s exquisite documentary, winner of the Filmmaker of the Present award at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival, enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry.

The Challenge (2017 documentary)

Circle of Deceit

Circle of Deceit

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Year: 1981

Set in Beirut during the 1970s Civil War, Bruno Ganz and Hanna Schygulla star in this extraordinary film about how the West in general and jouralists in particular confront terrorism in the Middle East. This film has only become more relevant with...

Circle of Deceit

Colliding Dreams

Colliding Dreams

Year: 2015

COLLIDING DREAMS recounts the dramatic history of one of the most controversial, and urgently relevant political ideologies of the modern era. 

Colliding Dreams

Eldorado

Eldorado

Director: Markus Imhoof
Year: 2018

Academy Award® nominee Markus Imhoof (The Boat Is Full, also available) weaves together childhood memories of the Italian refugee girl taken in by his parents during WWII and today’s struggle of refugees fleeing from Africa to Europe.

Eldorado

Fatima

Fatima

Director: Philippe Faucon
Year: 2015

A patient, reflective study of a middle-aged Moroccan-born single mother pressured by her neighbors and her two teenage children alike to assimilate into a culture of which she's wary.

Fatima

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

Director: Jamsheed Akrami
Year: 2000

“Friendly Persuasion” examines the critical issues of Iranian cinema by framing several key questions and providing informed responses through commentary, scene analysis, and interviews with top Iranian filmmakers. The questions...

Friendly Persuasion

Halfaouine

Halfaouine

Director: Ferid Boughedir
Year: 1995

A charming tale of a young boy's sexual awakening in Muslim Tunisia. Boughedir's style is sensual and full of joy, celebrating the pleasures of everyday life.

Halfaouine

A History of Israeli Cinema

A History of Israeli Cinema

Director: Raphael Nadjari
Year: 2009

Raphaël Nadjari’s extraordinary two-part documentary weaves together clips from more than 70 years of Israeli film with commentary from filmmakers, scholars and critics

A History of Israeli Cinema

Homeland: Iraq Year Zero

Homeland: Iraq Year Zero

Director: Abbas Fahdel
Year: 2015

An extraordinary personal look at the people of Iraq prior to and immediately after the US invasion of 2003.

Homeland: Iraq Year Zero

Horses of God

Horses of God

Director: Nabil Ayouch
Year: 2012

Ten year-old Yachine and his 13-year-old brother Hamid live in Sidi Moumen, an impoverished slum on the outskirts of Casablanca. Hamid, though just a child, works hard to sustain his family by any means, but eventually get involved with the "wrong...

Horses of God

In The Image

In The Image

Director: Emmy Scharlatt, Judith Montell
Year: 2014

Palestinian women volunteers are given video cameras and record the brutality and human rights violations by Israelis that are a part of their daily lives.

In The Image

Jafar Panahi's Taxi

Jafar Panahi's Taxi

Director: Jafar Panahi
Year: 2015

Internationally acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (This is Not a Film) drives a yellow cab through the vibrant streets of Tehran, picking up a diverse (and yet representative) group of passengers in a single day. Each man, woman, and child candidly...

Jafar Panahi's Taxi

Kippur

Kippur

Director: Amos Gitai
Year: 2000

Acclaimed filmmaker Amos Gitai's semi-autobiographical account of the 1973 Yom Kippur war from the point of view of a young soldier. Kippur is not a traditional "blood, guts and glory" war film. There are no men in battle, only the rescue crews...

Kippur

Manuscripts Don't Burn

Manuscripts Don't Burn

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof
Year: 2013

Drawing from the true story of the government's attempted 1995 murder of several prominent writers and intellectuals, Rasoulof imagines a repressive regime so pervasive that even the morally righteous are subsumed or cast aside.

Manuscripts Don't Burn

Of Fathers and Sons

Of Fathers and Sons

Director: Talal Derki
Year: 2018

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, Of Fathers and Sons shares the daily life of a radical Islamist family with unparalleled intimacy, capturing the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is...

Of Fathers and Sons

Omar

Omar

Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Year: 2013

Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes...

Omar

La Petite Jerusalem

La Petite Jerusalem

Director: Karin Albou
Year: 2005

Winner of the script prize at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, Karin Albou's La Petite Jerusalem pits intimacy against sex and ideology against divinity, "with candor, sympathy and excellent cinematography," (Nathan Lee, The New York Times). Offering...

La Petite Jerusalem

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