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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.

Reel Iraq 2013 marks 10 years since the US and UK led military invasion, against which the world mobilised in solidarity with the people of Iraq. Reel Iraq will explore the contribution of art, culture and creativity to Iraqi life in a time of conflict, with over 50 events taking place in London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Glasgow, Dumfries, Leeds, Derry/Londonderry, Newcastle and Stirling.

Reel Iraq 2013 marks 10 years since the US and UK led military invasion, against which the world mobilised in solidarity with the people of Iraq. Reel Iraq will explore the contribution of art, culture and creativity to Iraqi life in a time of conflict, with over 50 events taking place in London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Glasgow, Dumfries, Leeds, Derry/Londonderry, Newcastle and Stirling.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 
London 13 to 22 March 2013

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

London 13 to 22 March 2013

Film Festival: Celebrating Arab Women Filmmakers, 3-10 April 2013 
BFI Southbank, Barbican, ICA & Hackney Picturehouse

Film Festival: Celebrating Arab Women Filmmakers, 3-10 April 2013 

BFI Southbank, Barbican, ICA & Hackney Picturehouse

In My Mother’s Arms + Q&A Mohamed & Atia Al Daradji
Thursday 21st February, 2013 at 6:30pmThe Lexi Cinema London 
In a dangerous district in Baghdad Husham cares fiercely for a group of 32 young orphans, some whose parents have been killed, some who have run away, but all who have been abused and abandoned by the state.
When their landlord gives the group just two weeks to vacate the only house they have ever felt safe in a panicked search for new shelter ensues. Fighting tirelessly to continue to build on the boys’ hopes, dreams and prospects while also keeping them from being reclaimed by the state, Husham crosses religious and racial divides to find help.
IN MY MOTHER’S ARMS is the story of some of the Iraq war’s biggest victims, children, trying to live out the bittersweet dramas of childhood, against a far more threatening backdrop.

In My Mother’s Arms + Q&A Mohamed & Atia Al Daradji

Thursday 21st February, 2013 at 6:30pm
The Lexi Cinema London 

In a dangerous district in Baghdad Husham cares fiercely for a group of 32 young orphans, some whose parents have been killed, some who have run away, but all who have been abused and abandoned by the state.

When their landlord gives the group just two weeks to vacate the only house they have ever felt safe in a panicked search for new shelter ensues. Fighting tirelessly to continue to build on the boys’ hopes, dreams and prospects while also keeping them from being reclaimed by the state, Husham crosses religious and racial divides to find help.

IN MY MOTHER’S ARMS is the story of some of the Iraq war’s biggest victims, children, trying to live out the bittersweet dramas of childhood, against a far more threatening backdrop.