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Dukhtar
In the mountains of Pakistan, a mother and her ten-year-old daughter flee their home on the eve of the girl’s marriage to a tribal leader. A deadly hunt for them begins.
Premièred at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 5 2014.

Dukhtar

In the mountains of Pakistan, a mother and her ten-year-old daughter flee their home on the eve of the girl’s marriage to a tribal leader. A deadly hunt for them begins.

Premièred at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 5 2014.

We Are Many 

On February 15 2003, millions and millions of people, in over 800 cities across all seven continents, marched against the impending invasion of Iraq. It was the largest mobilization of people in human history and yet it remains an untold, little-known story.

‘We Are Many’ tells the story of that single day and explores its meaning. At its heart is the drama of many millions of everyday people fighting to stop a war, set against a small number of people working to start one. The film follows the twists and turns of these opposing forces, both as the facts were known then, and what has come to light since the invasion in leaks, inquiries, and high-level hearings.

The film chronicles for the first time the rise of a new kind of movement, from those who built and participated in it, as well as those who opposed it. It is an untold chapter in the history of people power, by turns uplifting and chilling, which reveals the potential power of ordinary people as well as the dark underbelly of the war machine.

This powerful, riveting story of the greatest mass mobilization in history is also a devastating critique of the state of democracy today.

We Are Many will be more than a remarkable collective story of humanity – it will be a contribution given back to the movement against war. It will reunite, both physically through networking on the website, and in spirit through the film, the people who took part on 15 February 2003.

Together, the film and website will support and promote the ever growing public vigilance around the world against present and future wars.

'We Are Many' celebrated its World Premiere at Sheffield International Documentary Festival on 8 June.

When I Saw You
1967. The world is alive and ripe with possibility—new music, style, hope. But in Jordan, thousands of refugees from Palestine are held waiting for their right to return to their homeland. Amidst this, a young boy yearns to be reunited with his father. Restlessly cooped up in the refugee camp, he secretly sets out on his own, and along the way, attaches himself to a group of young freedom fighters who take him under their wing. Together, they embark on a journey of adventure, driven by an unshakable resolve to be free.
Following on the acclaimed Salt of this Sea, writer and director Annemarie Jacir proves with When I Saw You that she has become a leader in Palestinian contemporary cinema. This heartfelt and moving film, Palestine’s entry for the 2013 Academy Awards, is suffused with a distinct sense of this revolutionary time and place.

When I Saw You

1967. The world is alive and ripe with possibility—new music, style, hope. But in Jordan, thousands of refugees from Palestine are held waiting for their right to return to their homeland. Amidst this, a young boy yearns to be reunited with his father. Restlessly cooped up in the refugee camp, he secretly sets out on his own, and along the way, attaches himself to a group of young freedom fighters who take him under their wing. Together, they embark on a journey of adventure, driven by an unshakable resolve to be free.

Following on the acclaimed Salt of this Sea, writer and director Annemarie Jacir proves with When I Saw You that she has become a leader in Palestinian contemporary cinema. This heartfelt and moving film, Palestine’s entry for the 2013 Academy Awards, is suffused with a distinct sense of this revolutionary time and place.

 A THOUSAND TIMES GOOD NIGHT tells the moving story of leading wartime photojournalist Rebecca (Binoche) who is torn between a passion for her dangerous job and her loving but worried family. This affecting film, which won the Special Grand Prix of the Jury at the Montreal Film Festival 2013, resonates with Poppe whose own experiences from his years as a wartime photographer for Reuters and other media are reflected in the film.

Rebecca is one of the world s top war photographers. On assignment while photographing a female suicide bomber in Kabul, she gets to near, and gets badly hurt. Back home another bomb drops. Her husband and daughters can no longer bear the thought of her dying while at work. She is given an ultimatum: Her work, or her family life. The choice seems obvious.

Banksy, Elbow and Idris Elba stand together with Syria in a moving video tribute

The campaign video marks the third anniversary of the conflict.

Istanbul Unveiled, a Travel Documentary Film
A young American woman visits İstanbul, interviewing interesting characters in both popular and out of the way settings, about topics we have all wondered about. The best belly dancer in Turkey, a masseur at a public bath, and one of the richest women in Turkey are among the colorful people interviewed. The interaction with a large cultural cross-section of local people provides a rich intercultural experience.
The selection of interviewees and the questions asked are based on Serif Yenen’s 25 years of experience as a tourist guide and travel writer. He anticipates the interests and curiosity of true travelers from his extensive field experiences. These interviews give insight to the culture and its philosophy.

Istanbul Unveiled, a Travel Documentary Film

A young American woman visits İstanbul, interviewing interesting characters in both popular and out of the way settings, about topics we have all wondered about. The best belly dancer in Turkey, a masseur at a public bath, and one of the richest women in Turkey are among the colorful people interviewed. The interaction with a large cultural cross-section of local people provides a rich intercultural experience.

The selection of interviewees and the questions asked are based on Serif Yenen’s 25 years of experience as a tourist guide and travel writer. He anticipates the interests and curiosity of true travelers from his extensive field experiences. These interviews give insight to the culture and its philosophy.

Infiltrators Directed by Khaled Jarrar
Shot hand-held, often covertly and at some personal risk, Infiltrators draws audiences into a high stakes “game” of cat and mouse, chronicling the travails of Palestinians seeking routes through, under, around and over a bewildering matrix of barriers in the West Bank. Jarrar’s doc swept the board at last year’s Dubai International Film Festival, winning the Muhr Arab Documentary Prize, the Special Jury Prize, and the International Critics Prize.

Infiltrators Directed by Khaled Jarrar

Shot hand-held, often covertly and at some personal risk, Infiltrators draws audiences into a high stakes “game” of cat and mouse, chronicling the travails of Palestinians seeking routes through, under, around and over a bewildering matrix of barriers in the West Bank. Jarrar’s doc swept the board at last year’s Dubai International Film Festival, winning the Muhr Arab Documentary Prize, the Special Jury Prize, and the International Critics Prize.

THE LEBANESE ROCKET SOCIETY
Cambridge Film Festival 20 September & 21 September 2013
In the 1960s, when the USA and USSR’s battle to dominate both earth and space formed the dominant historical narrative, few would have expected to find a small enclave of budding scientists in Beirut were setting about building a Lebanese space program. With ballistics technology and the formula for rocket fuel both highly guarded secrets during the Cold War, young professor Manoug Manougian and his students manufactured their own haphazard carapaces, launch-pads and propellant, using budget materials from the local shops. When their tinkering started paying off, the military became interested, and their ramshackle operation became a going national concern. Ultimately, external factors such as the Arab-Israeli war meant Manougian’s program was cut short. But the story, largely untold even in Lebanon, remains truly inspiring. Charmingly narrated by the two co-directors, it’s a quirky tale of innocent, starry-eyed ambition, cheerfully at odds with a historical backdrop of fear and military brinkmanship. 

THE LEBANESE ROCKET SOCIETY

Cambridge Film Festival 
20 September & 21 September 2013

In the 1960s, when the USA and USSR’s battle to dominate both earth and space formed the dominant historical narrative, few would have expected to find a small enclave of budding scientists in Beirut were setting about building a Lebanese space program. With ballistics technology and the formula for rocket fuel both highly guarded secrets during the Cold War, young professor Manoug Manougian and his students manufactured their own haphazard carapaces, launch-pads and propellant, using budget materials from the local shops. When their tinkering started paying off, the military became interested, and their ramshackle operation became a going national concern. Ultimately, external factors such as the Arab-Israeli war meant Manougian’s program was cut short. But the story, largely untold even in Lebanon, remains truly inspiring. Charmingly narrated by the two co-directors, it’s a quirky tale of innocent, starry-eyed ambition, cheerfully at odds with a historical backdrop of fear and military brinkmanship. 

The Burka Avenger is an amazing action-comedy animated TV series that follows the adventures of the Burka Avenger and three young kids in the imaginary city of Halwapur as they fight the evil Baba Bandook and his henchmen.

The Burka Avenger is an amazing action-comedy animated TV series that follows the adventures of the Burka Avenger and three young kids in the imaginary city of Halwapur as they fight the evil Baba Bandook and his henchmen.

Nine Classics of Tunisian Cinema
Cinema has long held a pivotal role in the cultural life of Tunisia, often functioning as a tool to reflect on taboos and question social norms. The beginnings of Tunisian cinema date back to the 19th century when the Lumiere brothers shot scenes in the old alleys of Tunisia in the year 1896. For film enthusiasts and critics, Tunisian cinema has come to be known as provocative, daring, and experimental. Tunisian cinema has evolved over the years, with hundreds of movies produced since independence. Below is a collection of nine award-winning classics, the first article in an ongoing Tunisia Live series on Tunisian cinema.
Image: Bab’Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul by Nacer Khemir
A visual poem of incomparable beauty, this masterpiece from director Nacer Khemir (Wanderers of the Desert) begins with the story of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape.

Nine Classics of Tunisian Cinema

Cinema has long held a pivotal role in the cultural life of Tunisia, often functioning as a tool to reflect on taboos and question social norms. The beginnings of Tunisian cinema date back to the 19th century when the Lumiere brothers shot scenes in the old alleys of Tunisia in the year 1896. For film enthusiasts and critics, Tunisian cinema has come to be known as provocative, daring, and experimental. Tunisian cinema has evolved over the years, with hundreds of movies produced since independence. Below is a collection of nine award-winning classics, the first article in an ongoing Tunisia Live series on Tunisian cinema.

Image: Bab’Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul by Nacer Khemir

A visual poem of incomparable beauty, this masterpiece from director Nacer Khemir (Wanderers of the Desert) begins with the story of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape.

El sheita elli fat
Amr Waked Winter of Discontent is set against the momentous backdrop of the whirlwind protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, beginning on 25 January 2011. Activist Amr, journalist Farah, and State Security officer Adel experience a shifting reality in the days and nights leading up to the resignation of President Mubarak. As the stories of these characters unfold, they are propelled headlong into the heady, often surreal atmosphere of terror, uncertainty, and mass euphoria that surrounded those days that shaped history. 
Best Actor Award for Amr Waked at the Dubai Film Festival 2012

El sheita elli fat

Amr Waked Winter of Discontent is set against the momentous backdrop of the whirlwind protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, beginning on 25 January 2011. Activist Amr, journalist Farah, and State Security officer Adel experience a shifting reality in the days and nights leading up to the resignation of President Mubarak. As the stories of these characters unfold, they are propelled headlong into the heady, often surreal atmosphere of terror, uncertainty, and mass euphoria that surrounded those days that shaped history.

Best Actor Award for Amr Waked at the Dubai Film Festival 2012

A screening of the film Papa Hedi followed by a Q&A session with Claire Belhassine
Hedi Jouini has been described as the Frank Sinatra of the Arab world and remains one of Tunisia’s best-loved musicians. Claire Belhassine was in her 20s and living in London when she discovered that Jouini was her grandfather. This film charts Claire’s journey as she unravels the story of her grandfather’s legacy within Tunisian popular culture and the divisive effects his success had on her own family. In association with Shubbak – A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture.
Sunday 30 June, 11.00–12.30 Stevenson Lecture Theatre

A screening of the film Papa Hedi followed by a Q&A session with Claire Belhassine

Hedi Jouini has been described as the Frank Sinatra of the Arab world and remains one of Tunisia’s best-loved musicians. Claire Belhassine was in her 20s and living in London when she discovered that Jouini was her grandfather. This film charts Claire’s journey as she unravels the story of her grandfather’s legacy within Tunisian popular culture and the divisive effects his success had on her own family. In association with Shubbak – A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture.

Sunday 30 June, 11.00–12.30 Stevenson Lecture Theatre

The film Sanctity tells the story of Areej, a young, pregnant Saudi widow, who will do anything to protect her unborn child. Kamel not only wrote and directed the film, she also played the leading role. It was shot on location in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and is her second film. Igal Avidan met her in Berlin and asked her about women’s rights and film-making in a country that has no cinemas.

The film Sanctity tells the story of Areej, a young, pregnant Saudi widow, who will do anything to protect her unborn child. Kamel not only wrote and directed the film, she also played the leading role. It was shot on location in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and is her second film. Igal Avidan met her in Berlin and asked her about women’s rights and film-making in a country that has no cinemas.

2013 London Palestine Film Festival
This year’s programme comprises 24 events at the Barbican Cinema and University of London, involving 38 titles, 24 guest speakers, and the UK’s first international conference on Palestine and the Moving Image.
Opening with a gala screening of David Koff’s trailblazing 1981 documentary, Occupied Palestine, the 2013 programme boasts historic depth with rarities including a thematic session marking the 25th anniversary of the first intifada, and an outing for Elia Suleiman’s debut, Homage by Assassination (part of 1991 portmanteau The Gulf War… What Next?).

2013 London Palestine Film Festival

This year’s programme comprises 24 events at the Barbican Cinema and University of London, involving 38 titles, 24 guest speakers, and the UK’s first international conference on Palestine and the Moving Image.

Opening with a gala screening of David Koff’s trailblazing 1981 documentary, Occupied Palestine, the 2013 programme boasts historic depth with rarities including a thematic session marking the 25th anniversary of the first intifada, and an outing for Elia Suleiman’s debut, Homage by Assassination (part of 1991 portmanteau The Gulf War… What Next?).

For the 7th consecutive edition, Beirut DC is organizing Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya (Cinema Days of Beirut) Arab Film Festival, which is taking place from the 15th until the 24th of March 2013 in Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil, Ashrafieh.
This edition includes more than 50 films, varying between feature length films, documentaries and short films, in addition to panels, networking sessions and master classes.
What is distinctive in this edition is that it witnesses the birth of a new Arab cinema coming from new countries, marking their spot on the international cinema route for the first time. The opening film, “Wadjda” by Saudi filmmaker Haifa Al Mansour just participated in Venice Film Festival, one of the most prestigious international film festivals and took several awards at the Dubai International Film Festival.

For the 7th consecutive edition, Beirut DC is organizing Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya (Cinema Days of Beirut) Arab Film Festival, which is taking place from the 15th until the 24th of March 2013 in Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil, Ashrafieh.

This edition includes more than 50 films, varying between feature length films, documentaries and short films, in addition to panels, networking sessions and master classes.

What is distinctive in this edition is that it witnesses the birth of a new Arab cinema coming from new countries, marking their spot on the international cinema route for the first time. The opening film, “Wadjda” by Saudi filmmaker Haifa Al Mansour just participated in Venice Film Festival, one of the most prestigious international film festivals and took several awards at the Dubai International Film Festival.