Tag Archives: Arabic

Marwa Zein – Khartoum Offside (2019)

Sara dreams of opening a bar and fielding a team for the Women’s Football World Cup. Keeping close to its protagonists, this documentary gives an account of everyday existence in Khartoum and how tradition, politics and religion dictate women’s lives. Read More »

Hinde Boujemaa – Noura Rêve AKA Noura dreams (2019)

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With her abusive husband in jail and a coveted divorce pending, hardworking Noura can almost grasp a happy, new life with lover Lassaad – but when the best-laid plans are upended, Noura must tap her unshakable will to fulfill her dream. Read More »

Hany Abu-Assad – Omar (2013)

A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing. Read More »

Hany Abu-Assad – Paradise Now (2005)

Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Read More »

Wael Shawky – Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo (2012)

Wael Shawky presents his epic video trilogy that recounts the history of The Crusades from an Arab perspective. Inspired by The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Lebanese historian Amin Maalouf, Shawky’s videos chart the numerous European campaigns to the Holy Land, starting from the early Crusades from 1096–1099 A.D. that are depicted in CABARET CRUSADES: THE HORROR SHOW FILES (2010) and the First and Second Crusades from 1099–1145 A.D. in CABARET CRUSADES: THE PATH TO CAIRO (2012). Read More »

Ahmed Lallem – Elles AKA The Women (1966)

This is another one from the Sarah Maldoror ouvre. She assisted director Lallem for this short documentary, and the two of them assistant-directed William Klein’s Festival Panafricain d’Alger (1970).

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Maldoror works alongside Ahmed Lallem as his assistant director to show young Algerian teenage girls talking about their hopes and desires for the nascent country. The film is an important counterpart to The Battle of Algiers, a film on which Sarah Maldoror and Gillo Pontecorvo would also work together. Read More »

Heiny Srour – Saat el Fahrir Dakkat, Barra ya Isti Mar AKA The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived (1974)

In the late 60s, Dhofar rose up against the British-backed Sultanate of Oman, in a democratic, feminist guerrilla movement. Heiny Srour and her team crossed 500 miles of desert and mountains by foot, under bombardment by the British Royal Air Force, to reach the conflict zone and capture this rare record of a now mostly-forgotten war. The People’s Liberation Army — barefoot, without rank or salary — freed a third of the territory, while undertaking a vast program of social reforms and infrastructure projects — schools, farms, hospitals, and roads were built, while illiterate teenage shepherdesses became more forceful feminists than Simone de Beauvoir or Germaine Greer, and 8-year-old school children learned to practice democracy with more maturity than so many adults. A still-topical portrait of a liberated society and an exploration of the role of oil in U.S. and British involvement in the Middle East, The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived was the first film by an Arab woman to screen at Cannes, where it was nominated for four awards. (Film Forum) Read More »