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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…
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…
Kedi - The Cats of an Ancient City
Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they've wandered in and out of people's lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Winner of Best First…
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…
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…
The Wedding Plan - Laavor et hakir
Exhausted by single life at 32, spirited bride-to-be Michal is eager for the comfort and companionship of marriage. When her fiance dumps her one month before their wedding she is devastated but undeterred, and decides to keep her wedding date,…
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Viviane Amsalem is seeking a divorce from her estranged husband, and finds herself effectively put on trial by Israel's powerful religious establishment. After three years, her devout husband Elisha still refuses to accede. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination, and the…
Summer Vacation
This is the story of family-man, Yuval, who realizes that the closet in which he has lived for so long is starting to fall apart. How far can you run from yourself? Eventually the past will come to knock on…
Zero Motivation - Efes beyahasei enosh
MASH meets Girls in Talya Lavie's sharply observed debut film ZERO MOTIVATION. At a remote and dysfunctional military base deep in the Israeli desert, the female clerical staff are at the centre of the action. A hilarious, poignant and crowd-pleasing…
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…
The Salesman - Forushande
When their Tehran flat is badly damaged, Emad and Rana, a young married couple starring in a Tehran production of Death of a Salesman , are forced to move into a new flat, until recently occupied by a mysterious young…
Rabin In His Own Words - A Biography of an Israeli Prime Minister
Through a combination of rare archival footage, home movies and private letters, Yitzhak Rabin's personal and professional dramas unfold. From his childhood as the son of a labor leader before the founding of the State of Israel, through a change…
Barbie Blues
When Mika, a suburban teenager, finds a disturbing creature in her pool, she asks her new friendly neighbor Gershon for help. The two end up spending the afternoon together by the pool, but what starts off as a friendly encounter…
These Birds Walk - An Orphan Finds His Way Back Home
In this beautifully filmed, inspirational documentary, a high-spirited runaway boy in Pakistan tries to find his way back home from the orphanage in which he lives, aided by a sympathetic ambulance driver who was once a street kid himself. Winner…
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…
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT is set in the fictitious locale of Bad City, a stunningly crafted black-and-white world riddled with random events and flawed people that takes its visual cues from Sin City (2005) and the early…
Wilaya
Fatimetu is born to a Sahrawi family in a Saharan refugee camp in Algeria and later sent to live with foster parents in Spain. After the death of her mother, she returns to the camp. She has been absent for…
Rage And Glory - Za'am V'Tehilah
An avowed anarchist and Stern Gang hitman is sent to Jerusalem to assassinate a senior British officer creating much tension within the already troubled cell and almost bringing its collapse, as the British operatives close in. Winner of Best Foreign…
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…
The Challenge - Wealthy Qatari Sheikhs with a Passsion for Falconry
Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani's exquisite documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry. The opulence of this Middle Eastern gas state is on full display as the men race SUVs up and…