A League of Their Own: New Arabic Cinema

"Taut, engrossing ... it's hard to imagine any audience remaining unmoved." – Hollywood Reporter ... Ali Suliman (Paradise Now, MIFF 2005) stars as Amin, a highly successful Palestinian surgeon happily living in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, his existence a symbol of life beyond the gruelling struggle of the Israel-Palestine conflict. But when his beloved wife Shihem kills herself and 17 others in a suic... Read more
"Stands out for its extraordinary use of space and time, fully grasping the emptiness of lost lives." – Variety ... The debut fiction feature from documentary filmmaker Hala Lotfy, Coming Forth by Day is remarkable not just as a rare example of independent Egyptian cinema, but also as a poetic exploration of the themes of duty, family and mortality. ... Exceptionally patient behind the camera, Lot... Read more
"A gritty and stylized urban thriller with strong social overtones ... marked by solid performances and a convincingly dark atmosphere." – Hollywood Reporter ... In the Moroccan port city of Tetouan, three down-on-their-luck thieves – naive Malik, fundamentalist Soufiane and ex-con Allal – come together for one last job: the town's biggest jewellery shop. But the three friends have very different ... Read more
Director of the Golden Globe-winning Paradise Now (MIFF 2005), Hany Abu-Assad returns with another intimate take on the Israel–Palestine conflict in a film that will once again divide audiences. ... Forced to scale a wall and dodge bullets just to see his girlfriend Nadia, Omar lives a life dictated by the perpetual violence in the West Bank. When his friends plan an act of retaliation against the... Read more
The first feature ever shot entirely inside Saudi Arabia, by the country's first female director, Wadjda is a boundary-pushing gem. ... Centred on the simple premise of a young girl who desperately wants a bike so she can race against her best friend, this charming coming-of-age story with a winning central character – the spunky, smart and resourceful Wadjda – offers a fascinating and rare insigh... Read more
"One of the best works to come out of the current explosion in filmmaking in the Middle East." – Indiewire ... Jordan, 1967. Eleven-year-old Tarek and his mother have been displaced from their native Palestine by the Six-Day War. With difficulties adjusting to life in the refugee camp and a longing to be reunited with his father, the free-spirited Tarek searches for a way out, and discovers a new ... Read more
"Mahdi Fleifel's passionate, ironic, bittersweet A World Not Ours ... flips storytelling and Mideast-Arab cliches on their heads, while weaving an irresistible mood of amused melancholy." – Variety ... Born in Dubai but raised in Denmark, director Mahdi Fleifel's upbringing involved frequent trips to see family and friends in a refugee camp in Lebanon that is home to 70,000 people, in an area roug... Read more
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