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The Battle of Algiers
One of the most influential political films in history, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both…
Of Fathers and Sons - Following a Radical Islamist Family in Syria
In this Oscar -nominated documentary, filmmaker Talal Derki traveled to Syria where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare…
Timbuktu
Not too far from Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Tonya, and Issan, their shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by…
In Jackson Heights - One of America's Most Ethnically Diverse Neighborhoods
Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States and the world. There are immigrants from every country in South America, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China. The…
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask - The Life and Work of Philosopher Frantz Fanon
This documentary was the first film to explore Frantz Fanon, the pre-eminent theorist of the anti-colonial movements of this century. Fanon's two major works, Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth , were pioneering studies of the…
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…
Last Men in Aleppo - The White Helmet Heroes Saving Lives in Syria
2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad's breathtaking work - a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage - follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets; ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards…
Omar
A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. .…
Cairo In One Breath - The Changing Religious Soundscapes of Cairo
The adhan is the Muslim call to prayer, an invitation to sacred space traditionally recited by a muezzin at a mosque five times each day. Cairo has thousands of mosques, and with countless muezzins chanting the call simultaneously there is…
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.…
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,…
The Square - The Egyptian Revolution
The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July…
The Nile Hilton Incident
Based on a thrilling true story, Sundance Award-winner THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT is a crime noir that plays " like an Arabic riff on Chinatown " ( Entertainment Weekly ). Weeks before the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Noredin, a police officer…
Between Allah & Me (and Everyone Else) - Muslim Women in Canada and the Decision to Wear a Hijab
Muslim women in Canada face challenges and uncertainties when they decide to start or stop wearing hijab, and encounter people with a variety of opinions. This candid and eye opening film challenges all viewers with emotions and humour, while revealing…
My Revolution - Ma révolution
While trying to impress his crush, a French-Tunisian teenager accidentally becomes the face of the Arab Spring in Paris. Nominated for Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.
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…
Horses Of God - Les chevaux de Dieu
Ten-year-old Yachine and his thirteen-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…
Beauty And The Dogs - Aala Kaf Ifrit
When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors.…
1948: Creation and Catastrophe - The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: CREATION AND CATASTROPHE reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world. It tells the story of the establishment of…
Fatima
Fatima lives on her own with two daughters to support: 15-year old Souad, a teenager in revolt, and 18-year old Nesrine, who is starting medical school. Inspired by a true story and the poetry of the North African writer Fatima…