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1.

Walls

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The world is increasingly divided by walls, physically separating the human beings living on either side of them. Brilliant editing connects people living and working on both sides of the controversial barriers between Mexico and the U.S., Spain and Morocco, Israel and Palestine and South Africa and Zimbabwe. This cinematic investigation explores the building and maintenance of these WALLS as a growing global phenomenon.
Online
2015
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Where Should the Birds Fly

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This film documents the separate stories and shared experience of two women in Gaza. Mona Al Samouni is an 11-year-old girl whose family died when her home was hit by Israeli rockets during Operation Cast Lead. Fida Qishta, the filmmaker, is a Gazan videographer, teacher, and human rights worker. While the film visually tells the story of the efforts of Gazans to live and work under conditions of siege, and documents the horrific Israeli military attack, it is also about the struggle of these two women to maintain humanity, humor and hope, and to find some sense of normality in a world that is anything but normal.
Online
2013; 2012
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Detroit Unleaded

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A fresh take on boy-meets-girl comedy set in Detroit. Sami (E.J. Assi) runs his immigrant family's gas station with his cousin Mike (Mike Batayeh, "Breaking Bad"), a charismatic hustler with dreams of expanding into an unleaded empire. More than just a pit stop for late-night gas and rolling papers, their station is where a steady stream of unforgettable and often hilarious customers flow through. When a gorgeous "up-do girl" named Najlah (Nada Shouhayib) comes to deliver cheap long-distance phone cards, Sami quickly falls for her from behind the bulletproof glass. Afraid her overprotective brother Fadi (Steven Soro) will disapprove, Najlah begins an under-the-counter romance with Sami, making his shift anything but routine. ​​Made and cast in Detroit, the film stars first-time featu [...]
Online
2012
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The Invisible Men [electronic resource]

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'The Invisible Men' tells the untold story of persecuted gay Palestinians who have run away from their families and are now hiding illegally in Tel Aviv. Their stories are told through the film's heroes: Louie, 32 years old, a gay Palestinian who has been hiding in Tel Aviv for the past 8 years; Abdu, 24 years old, who was exposed as gay in Ramallah and then accused of espionage and tortured by Palestinian security forces; Faris, 23 years old, who escaped to Tel Aviv from the West Bank after his family tried to kill him. Their only chance for survival -- to seek asylum outside Israel and Palestine and leave their homelands forever behind.
Online
2012
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We Are Egypt: The Story Behind the Revolution

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Going beyond the headlines, this story, filmed in the fourteen months leading to the Revolution, highlights the years of mounting resentment against a U.S.-backed authoritarian government determined to stay in power at any cost. Embedded inside the turmoil, filmmaker Lillie Paquette followed key opposition figures and young democracy activists as they struggled against extraordinary odds and at great personal risk.
Online
2012
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Palestina Al Sur

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After the fall of Saddam Hussein, thousands of Palestinians became refugees in no man's land. The distant Republic of Chile welcomed a group of them to live in the small city of La Calera, as it did over 100 years ago with Palestinian immigrants escaping Ottoman oppression. Today, like a century ago, the journey repeats itself ... Basem, a young Palestinan who arrived with his wife and young daughter, faces his new country full of enthusiasm, ingenuousness and hope, longing for a place to call home in an unknown, seductive and contradictory world, thousand of kilometers from his homeland. In his new country, Basem recovers his trade as baker and sets up his own business. He hopes his efforts, together with the help of the big community of Palestinian descendants, will lead him to acc [...]
Online
2011
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The Children of Ibdaa [electronic resource]: To Create Something Out of Nothing

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Documentary about the lives of several adolescents in a Palestinian children's dance troupe from Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank. They use their performance to express the history, struggle, and aspirations of the Palestinian people, specifically the fight to return to their homeland.
Online
2010; 2002
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Jihad TV [electronic resource]: Terrorism and Mass Media

In al Qaeda's global jihad against the West, videos of smiling suicide bombers and insurgent ambushes have become as important as the attacks they glorify. This program illustrates in chilling detail how Islamic extremists use the power of the Internet and the network sound bite. From the markets of Baghdad, where brightly packaged jihadist DVDs are snapped up by young consumers, to the broadcast studios of Al Arabiya, where editors debate the merits and consequences of airing graphic violence, the program explores the inextricable links between media technology and terrorist agendas. One scene features training footage from the Global Islamic Media Front explaining how to use Windows Movie Maker to craft an effective video.
Online
2007; 2006
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La Habitación de Elías

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Emma decides to talk to Ana, an actress, to help her to tell her story. Some time ago her father died and she does not know very well who he really was. She has decided to find out by making a documentary, and so she travels to Tattiouine, a small village lost in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, where her father spent most of his life shooting documentaries.--; In this fake-documentary, Ana Cuerdo takes on the role of Emma Tusell, a film director. Together, they embark on a personal journey searching for the traces of Emma's father in the Atlas mountains, where years ago he had died while shooting a documentary.
Online
2006
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9/11 Through Saudi Eyes [electronic resource]

In this program, a broad cross-section of Saudis-parents and neighbors of the accused hijackers, editors of Arab News and Asharq Al Awasat, political and military analysts, a psychologist, and others-give their perceptions of events and issues involving September 11th. Interviews provide background on and insights into the lives and minds of the alleged hijackers, the recruitment practices of al Qaeda, the co-opting of jihad for militant political ends, Osama bin Laden's cult of personality, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and frustration over U.S. foreign policy. This video, the first documentary to scrutinize 9/11 from the Saudi perspective, is a powerful learning tool for students of political science, the Middle East, and Islam.
Online
2005; 2002
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The Giant Buddhas

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Six months before the Twin Towers attacks in new York, 2001, two huge Buddha statues were blown up in the remote area of Bamiyantal in Afghanistan. This dramatic event surrounding the ancient stone colossi - unique proof of a high culture that bloomed until the 13th century along the Silk Road - is the starting point for a cinematic essay on fanaticism, terror and tolerance, ignorance and identity. Oscar nominated director Christian Frei's thought provoking film journeys along a perimeter that both divides and unites people and cultures.
Online
2005
12.

Ten'ja

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To respect the last wishes of his father, who wants to rest in his native village of the High Atlas, Nordine will accompany him on his last trip and will take a long journey on the road to his roots, to the country that he will finally discover. On the way, memories will revive. --
Online
2004
13.

Lila Dit Ça

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Lila, a gorgeous 16-year-old, becomes the object of affection of two gang leaders, Chimo and Mouloud, when she and her aunt move into the neighborhood. Soon sexual games turn into a love triangle.
FilmOnline
2004
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Café de la Plage

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Strong-minded but naive Driss makes his living in Tangier doing odd jobs while dating a young European antiques dealer. His attention is increasingly drawn to Fouad, a reclusive cafe owner who excoriates his fellow Moroccans as lazy and lacking ambition. Driss pursues a friendship with Fouad despite his friends' efforts to dissuade him and becomes a victim of the man's underhanded, treacherous nature.
Online
2001
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"Los Hermanos Cartagena"

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The story of two brothers bound together by fate and blood, but separated by hate and their thirst for revenge. Often seen as an allegory for the bloody and violent history of Bolivia since 1952.
Online
1985