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Introduction to the Arab World

  Three fifteen minute segments providing an overview of the Arab World, the role of Islam in the Arab World, and the major social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of Read More

Forget Baghdad

  Forget Baghdad tells the forgotten story of four Baghdadi-Jews, all former members of the Iraqi communist party who were forced to emigrate at Israel’s founding.  The four elderly protagonists Read More

Our Feelings Took the Pictures: Open Shutters Iraq

  For a month, a group of women, from 5 cities in Iraq, live and work together in a traditional courtyard house in Damascus. Everyday they are out on the Read More


  In the 2003 remains of a scarred Baghdad, confusion, uncertainty and death engulf the bombed ruins of a Psychiatric asylum. It is in this context that the past and Read More

Paradise Now

  Palestinians Said and Khaled, now in young adulthood, have been lifelong friends living in Nablus in the West Bank. They have both had what they consider a difficult life, Read More

Rana’s Wedding

  One morning, spirited Rana (Clara Khoury), a Palestinian teenager living in Jerusalem, receives a startling note from her father, Abu Siad (Zuher Fahoum): She can either get married or Read More

The Syrian Bride

  In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that Read More

About Baghdad

  About Baghdad is the first film made about Iraq after the fall of the Ba’ath regime in July 2003. It is also perhaps the first effort to privilege the Read More

Wedding in Galilee

  The mayor of a West Bank village wants his son to adhere to Palestinian tradition in his upcoming wedding. The trouble is, this custom conflicts with the curfew put Read More