Middle East and North Africa

General Overviews
Saudi Arabia

Africa (for videos on North Africa)
Ancient and Classical Civilizations (for videos on ancient Egypt)
Middle Eastern Americans
Middle Eastern/North African cinema
International Terrorism (including videos related to Sept. 11, 2001)
The Movies Race & Ethnicity: From Europe and the Middle East

General and Miscellaneous

A three documentary set presenting a chilling insight into the ideology and methods of the world's most well-known terrorist organization. Al-Qaeda family: Tells the story of Abdurahman Khadr, the son of al-Qaeda financier Ahmed Said Khadr who, after being taken into custody in Guantanamo Bay, took on the role of informant and spy for the CIA. Al-Qaeda's new front: Examines the group's shift in focus from America to Europe, and the large and ever expanding Muslim community and its effects on the continent. Nuclear jihad: Chronicles the exploits of rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan and the potential of al-Qaeda to acquire nuclear technology for weapons. Directors Terrence McKenna, Neil Doherty, and Julian Slater. 2007. 174 min. DVD X4756

Al Qaeda 2.0.
Since Afghanistan, al Qaeda has reinvented itself as a high-tech, highly mobile, decentralized terror network. Covering the period since 9/11 this program tracks al Qaeda and its allies to recent operational areas, including Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and Bangladesh. Footage of jihadist training, U.S. search-and-destroy missions, terror attacks, and the capture of Islamist militants puts viewers on the scene while key specialists like Chuck Pinney and Zachary Abuza share intelligence. 2003. 46 min. DVD 2285

Behind the Mask
Tells the inside story of the Irish Republican Army and its political wing Sinn Fein and America's involvement in the "armed struggle" against Great Britain. While America's Irish community has helped supply weapons and money, political maneuvering in Washington has had significant influence on both sides. Film concludes with consideration of the possibility of a settlement to this century's oldest conflict. Originally broadcast as a segment of the PBS television program: Frontline. Dist: Films Media Group. 1997. 60 min. Video/C 5392

The al-Qaeda Files
Dist.: PBS. c2006. 57 min. each installment. DVD 6685

Looking for Answers: Discusses the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, the roots of hatred found in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, radical Islam, and the failure of U.S. intelligence on September 11, 2001. 57 min.

Man Who Knew. Examines the career of FBI agent John O'Neill, focusing on the time when he was in charge of counter-terrorism. His study of the issues convinced him that something like the September 11 attacks was likely to occur. After leaving the FBI, he became head of security at the World Trade Center, where he was among the victims killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

In Search of Al Qaeda. Follow the trail of Al Qaeda from the Afghan border areas into Pakistan's cities as U.S. and Pakistani authorities track down some of the network's leaders. The journey continues to other Middle Eastern countries, where local villagers, officials and others are interviewed about what has happened to Al Qaeda and its efforts to regroup.

Chasing the Sleeper Cell. In-depth examination of a major, ongoing, domestic terrorism case involving Al Qaeda operatives and the American citizens they trained. Questions are also raised about the effectiveness of the FBI and the CIA and whether or not the new tools they have are the right ones to contain the threat at home.

Son of Al Qaeda. Growing up in the 1990s, Abdurahman Khadr's playmates were the children of his father's longtime friend, Osama bin Laden. How Khadr was raised to be an Al Qaeda terrorist -- and how he ultimately found himself working for the U.S. -- is the focus of Frontline's "Son of Al Qaeda." Through interviews with Khadr as well as his mother and siblings, the documentary recounts his incredible journey from terrorist upbringing to CIA informant, offering a revealing glimpse inside the mindset of an Al Qaeda family.

Al Qaeda's New Front. As Al Qaeda terrorist cells are uncovered in the U.K., Germany, Italy and Spain, Frontline investigates the new front in the war on terror: Europe. It discusses the challenges of intelligence services on both sides of the Atlantic, which has been exacerbated by political division over the Iraq war.

Hunting bin Laden On Friday, August 7, 1998, two cars exploded simultaneously at United States embassies in Africa, killing 268 people and injuring more than 5,000. The accused mastermind of the bombings was named immediately: Osama bin Laden, an exiled Saudi millionaire. This program investigates bin Laden, his followers, and the Africa bombings.

Al Jazeera: Voice of Arabia
Founded in 1996, Al Jazeera was the first 24-hour news channel in the Arab world. This documentary, shot on location in Qatar goes behind the scenes of this Arab independent satellite TV channel. Combining news footage, excerpts from various Al Jazeera programs, and interviews with executives, anchors and journalists, the film explores the paradoxes that emerge between the apparent orthodoxy of Arab societies and the journalistic freedom flaunted by Al Jazeera in a dictatorial culture which does not know the meaning of dialogue. Written and directed by Tewfik Hakem 1993. 52 min. DVD X3436; Video/C 9719

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Ancient and Modern: The Fall and Rise of the Middle East.
Examines the reasons why the Middle East began to decline from the golden age of Islam to a low point, just as the Renaissance in Europe began. Looks at the economic factors that helped cause the regions' stagnation which was reversed in the 20th century with the return of prosperity after the discovery of oil. 1984. 25 min. DVD 7242 [preservation copy]; Video/C 9963

Arab Americans.
(Multicultural Peoples of North America) One of a 15 part series which celebrates the heritage of fifteen different cultural groups by tracing the history of their emigration to North America, showing the unique traditions they brought with them, and who they are today. Each volume discusses when and why each group emigrated, where they settled, which occupations they engaged in, and who the important leaders are within each community.1993. 30 min. Video/C 3290

Arab Diaries.
A five-part documentary series providing fresh insight into contemporary life across the Arab world. 26 min. each segment. c2000.

Arab Diaries, Part 1: Birth. Presents three powerful stories: In Palestine Fatima is caught in a cycle of pregnancies because she fears if she does not produce a male child for her husband he will marry another woman. In Baghdad, Daoud is a sick baby born under the international sanctions against Iraq. In a Syrian village Roza, after may years of childless marriage, has learned that her husband has the fertility problem, not her, as she struggles with the traditional expectations of her society. 26 min. Video/C 8334

Arab Diaries, Part 2: Youth. Looks at the dilemmas of young women in three Arab countries: Nancy, struggling with traditional barriers inherent in Lebanese society is not supposed to move out of her mother's home until she is married, but she desperately desires independence. Sara is a 16 year-old Egyptian athlete playing soccer, a game traditionally reserved for men. Shahra and Linda perform in an Algerian female rap group famous for social and political lyrics, which has become a unique expression of dissent in the face of a conservative society and Islamic violence. 26 min. Video/C 8335

Arab Diaries, Part 3: Love & Marriage. Begins by looking at societal opposition to interfaith marriage in Lebanon. Lama and Fouad are very much in love but he is a Christian and she is Muslim. Their love is doomed because their society will not allow them to marry across the religious divide. Marita, a woman in her mid-forties, has never recovered from a forbidden love that blossomed during the Lebanese war. In Algeria, a hair salon is one of the few social spheres where woman can discuss their lives freely. Here we meet Lila, who was prevented from marrying the man she loved because his mother did not approve of her "Western" ways and other customers whose lives have clashed with tradition. 26 min. Video/C 8336

Arab Diaries, Part 4: Work & Money. Explores the hopes of men and women in Iraq, Palestine and Syria as embodied in the occupation of flying. Captain Hatem's dream was realized when he became a pilot for Iraqi Airlines. But now because of the sanctions against Iraq, the airline doesn't fly, nor does he. In Gaza, Miral is an illegal resident in her own country. Her only way out of Gaza is by working as an airline stewardess on short flights around the Middle East. Like so many Syrian young people, Ammar believes he has no future in his country. This film follows him through his final weeks in Damascus as he prepares to take a job in Dubai working for Gulf Air. 26 min. Video/C 8337

Arab Diaries, Part 5: Home, or Maids in my Family. Focuses on one extraordinary young Moroccan woman's first-person story, in which she confronts her family and their servants about the relationships between them over the years, and what these relationships may reveal about Moroccan society, and her own life. As the narrative develops she embarks on a search to find the one maid who eventually declared her independence to marry and left the family home. 26 min. Video/C 8338

The Arab World Series 1991. 30 min. each installment.

The Arabs, Who They Are, Who They Are Not.
Bill Moyers interviews James Abourezk, current national chairman of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and former U.S. congressman from South Dakota, Jack Shaheen, professor of English at Columbia. 1991. Video/C 2330

The Historic Memory.
Bill Moyers interviews three scholars: Afaf Marsot, professor of Near and Middle Eastern history at UCLA, Yvonne Haddad, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, and Michael Suleiman, professor of political science at Kansas State University. They discuss some of the historical events that have shaped the Arab world and our world at large. 1991. Video/C 2331

The Image of God.
Bill Moyers interviews three scholars: Afaf Marsot professor of Near and Middle Eastern history at UCLA, Yvonne Haddad, a history professor at the University of Massachusetts, and Michael Suleiman, political science professor at Kansas State University. They discuss the role of religion and religions in Arab society and also Islamic fundamentalism and the media's portrayal of that religious group. 1991. Video/C 2332

The Bonds of Pride.
Bill Moyers interviews three scholars: Afaf Marsot, professor of Near and Middle Eastern history at UCLA, Yvonne Haddad, a history professor at the University of Massachusetts, and Michael Suleiman, political science professor at Kansas State University. They discuss language, family life, humor, and education in the Arab countries. 1991. Video/C 2333

Arabs and the West.
Bill Moyers interviews Charles Issawi, professor Summary: Bill Moyers interviews Charles Issawi, professor emeritus of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University on his thoughts about Arabs and the West. 1991. Video/C 2334

The Arabs, A Living History.
Arabic dialogue, English subtitles, English narration. Series of ten documentaries which explores Arab history, culture and society from within and examines the lives and opinions of Arabs today. Contents: [1.] The making of the Arabs -- [2.] Between two worlds -- [3.] The City Victorious -- [4.] The Power of the World -- [5.] New Knowledge for Old -- [6.] Ways of Faith -- [7.] The Shadow of the West -- [8.] Building a Nation -- [9.] Family Ties -- [10.] The Arabs Now.10 videocassettes, 50 min. each. 1985?. Video/C 1169:1-10

The Battle for Islam
Takes a journey through five Muslim countries -- Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco and Turkey -- in search of the Islam that is not portrayed in our media. Through interviews with heads of government, intellectuals and opinion formers, the program exposes the tension between pluralistic and hard-liner mentalities growing within the Muslim world, and concludes that moderation and tolerance, rather than zealotry and terror, will ensure the continued strength of the faith. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2006. 63 min. DVD 5825

Beyond Borders: Arab Feminists Talk About Their Lives - East and West
In the Arab world, women are fighting a two-front war against repressive internal constraints and intrusive Western interference. In this program, a feminist delegation composed of author Nawal Saadawi and other renowned activists from the Middle East and North Africa gather at the UN, on college campuses, and in church basements to speak out about deterioration of women's rights in the Arab states in an effort to heighten awareness of the Arab feminist struggle for equality--and the effects of U.S. foreign policy on their efforts. Dist: Films Media Group. 2000. 50 min. Video/C 7345

Beyond the Veil. 1998. 52 min. each installment

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The Born-again Muslims. Variations in veil policies in Sudan, Turkey and Iran reflect variations in Islam showing that the Muslim world is not monolithic in its views. For liberal Islamists in Turkey, who want to co-exist with the West, the veil is a matter of individual choice. In the Sudan, only Muslim-born women must wear the veil by law. Hardliners of Iran require all women to be completely covered, a custom enforced by the police. 1998. DVD X7091; Video/C 5785

The Holy Warriors.This film examines the reasons for more radical interpretations of the Quran in Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Analysis of the jihad helps Westerners perceive why some muslims believe that they can escape Westernization only through violence, how one man's terrorism may be another man's patriotism. How then can differing cultures find a common basis for mutual respect? 1998. DVD X7092; Video/C 5786

The New Cold War? Is the gap between the West and moderate Muslims widening? Is the West determined to impose its values on Islamic nations without regard to national preferences, thus radicalizing local patriots? Are all Western motives self-serving? When both cultures accept that their definitions of democracy and human rights differ, there will be a firm basis for dialogue now, and peaceful co-existence in the future. 1998. DVD X7093; Video/C 5787

Bloody Cartoons(Why Democracy? Series)
Filmed across the Middle East, Bloody cartoons looks at how and why 12 drawings in a Danish newspaper drew a small country into a confrontation with Muslims all over the world...The director films in Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Qatar, France, Turkey and Denmark, talking to some of the people who played key roles during the "cartoon crisis." Critics of the cartoons claim that they were racist and Islamophobic. Investigates such questions as: How tolerant should we be, of the intolerant? And what limits should there be if any, to freedom of speech in a democracy? Goes beyond the controversy to investigate the roots of the crisis and in the process examines the need for freedom of speech in democratic societies. Directed by Karsten Kjaer.Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 53 min. DVD X377

Ammitzbøll, Pernille; Vidino, Lorenzo. "After the Danish Cartoon Controversy." Middle East Quarterly, Winter2007, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p3-11, 9p
Cobb, Kelton. "The Muhammad Cartoons." Conversations in Religion & Theology, May2006, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p1-8, 8p UC users only
Göktürk, Deniz "Jokes and Butts: Can We Imagine Humor in a Global Public Sphere?" PMLA, Volume 123, Number 5, Oct 2008, pp. 1707–1711
Lewis, Paul; Davies, Christie; Kuipers, Giselinde; Martin, Rod A.; Oring, Elliott; Raskin, Victor. "The Muhammad cartoons and humor research: A collection of essays. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 2008, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p1-46, 46p UC users only
Modood, Tariq; Hansen, Randall; Bleich, Erik; O'Leary, Brendan; Carens, Joseph H. "The Danish Cartoon Affair: Free Speech, Racism, Islamism, and Integration." International Migration, 2006, Vol. 44 Issue 5, p3-62, 60p UC users only
"Naser Khader and Flemming Rose: Reflections on the Danish Cartoon Controversy." Middle East Quarterly, Fall2007, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p59-66, 8p UC users only
Spiegelman, Art. "Drawing Blood." Harper's Magazine; Jun2006, Vol. 312 Issue 1873, p43-52, 10p
Sturges, Paul. "Limits to Freedom of Expression? considerations arising from the Danish cartoons affair." IFLA Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3, 181-188 (2006) UC users only

The Brotherhood
Examines the true motives underlying the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic fundamentalist organization that preaches peaceful co-existence with the West while offering inspiration and sustenance to terrorist organizations. Meet a top Brotherhood leader condemned by President Bush for financing al Qaeda and Hamas, a sympathizer living freely in Germany though believed to have played a significant role in 9/11 and a Brotherhood supporter who met with U.S. presidents while plotting an assassination. Originally broadcast as a segment of the PBS series America at a Crossroads. c2007. 60 min. DVD X976

Camera Afrique; Camera Arabe.
Two documentary films by the Tunisian director and critic Ferid Boughedir which constitute an indispensable introduction to film making in Africa and the Arab world. Camera Afrique (Tunisia, 1983, 95 min.), a documentary celebrating 20 years of African film production, presents early film pioneers with film clips and production histories. Camera Arabe (Tunisia, 1987, 62 min.) looks at the new Arab cinema of the post-colonial era. It includes interviews with filmmakers from North Africa and the wider Arab worlds and clips from a wide range of key Arab films. PAL format. 1995. Video/C 6326

Campus Battleground
The film focuses on the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University in New York, where pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian students struggle over the competing claims of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, over what history teaches and whether absolute demands can ever lead to honorable compromise. Originally broadcast as a segment of the PBS series America at a Crossroads. c2007. 60 min. DVD X982

Captains and Kings: Authority in the Middle East.
In contrast to the West, presents the cultural, historical and religious reasons why the predominant Middle Eastern political orientation is toward authoritarian rule with power generally concentrated in the hands of a monarch or military leader. 1984. 25 min. DVD 7240 [preservation copy]; Video/C 9961

City of the Dead and The World Exhibitions
A film by Julian Samuel. Examines the definition of civilization in Islamic countries and the various influences and perceptions of their culture by European nations and the Americas with particular focus on the City of the dead in Cairo and the "exhibition" of foreign peoples at world's fairs. 1995. 76 min. Video/C 5281

Cola Wars: Message in a Bottle
What happens when the world's biggest brand collides with the world's largest religion? This program examines how brand identity is influenced by consumer perception through the struggle between Coca-Cola, icon of American culture, and rivals Qibla Cola and Mecca Cola for market share in Muslim locales. c2004. 50 min. DVD 4620

Coleman Barks (Sounds of Poetry with Bill Moyers)
Coleman Barks, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Georgia, has become the primary conduit for translating into English the ecstatic poetry of the 13th-century Sufi poet Jalal al-Din Rumi, the bard of Islam. In this program, Bill Moyers and Dr. Barks discuss topics including the intricate challenge of transforming antiquated Persian idiom into modern English while retaining its essence. 1999. 27 min. Video/C 6827

Control Room
A chronicle which provides a rare window into the international perception of the Iraq War, courtesy of Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet. Criticized by Cabinet members and Pentagon officials for reporting with a pro-Iraqi bias, and strongly condemned for frequently airing civilian casualties as well as footage of American POW's, the station has revealed everything about the Iraq War that the Bush administration does not want the public to see. A seminal documentary that explores how "Truth" is gathered, presented, and ultimately created by those who deliver it. 2004. 86 min. DVD 3101

Full Frame Documentary Festival - Jury Award
International Documentary Association - Honorable Mention

Al-Arian, Abdullah. "Control Room .(Movie Review)." Political Communication 22.1 (Jan-March 2005): 133-3.
Arthur, P. "Control Room." Cineaste v. 29 no. 4 (Fall 2004) p. 44-6 UC users only
Klein, Julia M. "Whose news? Whose propaganda? Inside Al Jazeera on the eve of the Iraq war.(Documentary)("Control Room")(Movie Review)." Columbia Journalism Review 43.2 (July-August 2004): 54(2). UC users only
Walters, B. "Control Room." Sight & Sound v. ns14 no. 9 (September 2004) p. 57 UC users only

Crimes of Honour
Across the Islamic world, women who are even suspected of immoral behavior are beaten, stoned, imprisoned and killed in order to "cleanse the family honour." An investigative look at muslim women in danger and the women who are taking risks to help them and to break an ancient code. Originally broadcast on the CBC television program Witness. 44min. 1999. Video/C 8520

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Chronicles the origins and history of the Crusades. Series host: Terry Jones; History Channel host: Roger Mudd. 1995. 50 min. each.

Crusades, Vol. 1: Pilgrims in arms. In this segment historians and theologians discuss the roots of the First Crusade as a political exercise, initiated by Pope Urban II to solidify his political power in the East. 50 min. Video/C 8300

Crusades, Vol. 2: Jerusalem. This segment follows the trail of the "holy slaughter" from the Bosphorus to the Holy City. Moving through Syrian towns such as Edessa and Antioch, Jones provides insights into the hardships experienced by the Crusaders and the atrocities they committed. His comments are coupled with written eyewitness accounts of the Crusades and expert commentary from historians. 50 min. Video/C 8301

Crusades, Vol. 3: Jihad. This segment follows the Muslim's recapture of Jerusalem and the Second Crusade. Jerusalem's Arab leader, Nur ed-Din declares a Jihad, or holy war, against the invaders. A final battle commanded by his successor, the legendary Saladin, would determine the ultimate fate of this Crusade. 50 min. Video/C 8302

Crusades, Vol. 4: Destruction. This fourth segment presents the Third Crusade, which added the names of Richard "the Lionheart" and Philip of France to the roster of holy warriors and examines the reality behind the legends of their noble deeds. The Fourth and final crusade, launched as a commercial operation, sacked and looted Constantinople, the Christian city that originally inspired the holy movement. 50 min. Video/C 8303

Diary of a Terrorist: Mikdad.
"This is the story of Hussein Mikdad, a man who is sent to bestow mass death and destruction and becomes the only victim of his own bomb. Hussein Mikdad was a successful accountent in Beriut. His real dream, however, has always been to play a key role among the guerrilla fighters of the Hezbullah. In 1996, he was offered the ideal mission: to wind his way from Beruit through Europe and to be the first to penetrate the borders of Israel - all the while carrying plastic explosives in his briefcase. Trained by Iranians, his directive was twofold: the first, to recruit future suicide bombers and the second, in the words of his direct superior, to "cause a spectacle that everyone will talk about." The film, through impeccable research, gradually reveals a stunning network of internatinal terrorism operating not only in the Middle East but also in the U.S. and Europe." 1998. 52 min. Video/C 9166

Dissonance and Harmony
Follows a group of musicians from the Middle East as they travel to the United States to work with American musicians, form bonds, entertain people, and discuss how the political situations in their countries have direct effects on their music, careers, and beliefs. Features Egyptian pop star Saad El Soghayar, Jordanian composer and devout Muslim Tareq Al Nassar, Lebanese hip-hop artist Wael Kodeih (a.k.a. Rayess Bek), Lebanese activist Tania Saleh, and Ilham Al Madfai, an Iraqi guitarist who was the first to play traditional Iraqi folk music on Western instruments. Originally broadcast on PBS on Nov. 2, 2008 as an episode of the television program America at a crossroads. 60 min. DVD X1288

Divorce Sharia Style
From a terraced house in East London the Sharia Council presides over hundreds of cases every year, mainly marital disputes. The Sharia Council is a parallel legal system that remains unknown to many people, although it has existed for years. This documentary takes us inside the workings of Sharia law in a Western society, especially as it affects women seeking divorce ... The Council members' rulings are not recognized by British law but for the Muslim community their judgments carry the word of God. director, Masood Khan ; Faction Films for Channel 4. 2008. 49 min. DVD X347

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Faces of Islam.
A twelve part series providing a comprehensive introduction to the central ideas and teachings of Islam. In conversation with Ziauddin Sardar, the leading thinkers and personalities of the Muslim world present their perspectives on the meaning of Islam including the future of Islamic law, an analysis of the Quran, forms of worship in Islam, a discussion on Jihad, and other insights into contemporary Muslim thought. Tape 1: Din / Naquib al Attas. -- Sharia / Ibrahim Sufaiman. -- Kitab / Kamal Hasan. -- Khilafah / Gulzar Haider. -- Tape 2: Tawhid / Jaafar Sheikh Idris. -- Ummah / Agbdullah Nasseef. -- Ibadah / Hussein Ateshin. -- Dawa / Ridzuan Abdullah Wu. -- Tape 3: Sirah / Fadlullah Wilmot. -- Adl / Khurshid Ahman. -- Jihad / Munawar Ahmad Anees. -- Ilmi / Anwar Ibrahim. 342 min. 1989?. Video/C 4086

The Falashas.
A study of the history, customs and way of life of the Black Jews of Ethiopia and of efforts to help them emigrate to Israel. 27 min. 1987. Video/C 1997

Faith Without Fear
Muslim dissident and author Irshad Manji is on a journey to help restore humanity and reason to Islam. Inspired by the Qur'an, Irshad asks, "How has a religion of justice become so mired in fear?" Manji speaks with Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard, who explains why he's willing to turn his young son into a martyr. Trekking through Yemen, Europe, and North America, she discovers that Islamic faith can be reconciled with individual freedom. Along the way, Irshad is changed by one of her fiercest Muslim critics. Throughout the journey she challenges herself and concludes that Muslims can, in fact, have faith without fear. Islam allows it, if only Muslims have the courage to change. Director, Ian MacLeod. Originally broadcast as a segment of the PBS series America at a Crossroads. c2007. 60 min. DVD X974

Family Matters: The Role of the Family in the Middle East.
Traditionally the model upon which the social and political life of the Middle East has been based -- the large, extended, patriarchal family -- has begun to fragment under Western influence. This film examines the role of women in the Middle East looking at the rapid Westernization that has benefited many, even as fundamentalists strive to save the old society by reviving traditional ways, thus heightening regional tensions. 1984. 25 min. DVD 7238 [preservation copy]; Video/C 9959

Fault Lines: Rights, Wrongs & Responsibilities in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, and The Nation (Mario Savio Memorial Lecture with Christopher Hitchens & Adam Hochschild)
Christopher Hitchens, recently resigned columnist for The Nation and the 2003 I.F. Stone Fellow at the UC Graduate School of Journalism, is the author of The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Letters to a Young Contrarian, The Mission Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and many other books and articles. He is known for his rapier wit, his commitment to human rights, and his ability to upset and offend people of all political persuasions. Adam Hochschild is the prize-winning author of King Leopold's Ghost, The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey, The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin, and many other books and essays. He is the co-founder of Mother Jones Magazine, and teaches at the UC Graduate School of Journalism.A lecture that occurred on November 21, 2002 at 7:30pm in the Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union, UC Berkeley.

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Gender Me: Homosexuality in the World of Islam
Filmed in Istanbul and Oslo, this documentary by Turkish/Norwegian filmmaker Nefise Özkal Lorentzen openly explores what it is like to be both gay and Muslim. Through the interrelated stories of a gay rights activist, a gay imam, drag artists, and others, the documentary gently denounces homophobia in general, encourages discourse and engagement within Islam as a positive societal approach to coming to terms with sexual otherness, and seeks to advance a loving appreciation of the oneness of all humankind. c2008. 52 min. DVD X2410

Genocide: The Horror Continues
he late 20th century produced a sinister euphemism: 'ethnic cleansing.' This program presents a comprehensive survey of genocide by looking at the most recent examples in Iraq, Iran, and Turkey; Burundi and Rwanda; the former Yugoslavia; Indonesia and East Timor; and Chechnya. The role and efforts of the United Nations are discussed as well as what the future holds in trying to prevent genocide. 2002. 57 min. Video/C 8745

God Fights Back, 1979. (People's Century, 1997.)
By mid-century, modern technology and Western thought had swept religion to the margins of public life. Since then millions have turned back to God--and taken political action based on their religious beliefs. In Iran, a resurgence in Islamic fundamentalism led to a revolt against the Shah and to the return of the long exiled Ayatollah Khomeini. In the U.S., religious fundamentalism was also on the march, the Christian faithful eager to restore a "nation under God." 56 min. Video/C 6442

God in Government
Explores the complex relationship between religion and politics in the contemporary world with the United States as the focal point, and Iran, Israel, and India as object lessons. The film asks fundamental questions: What are the consequences when religion and politics become intertwined? What are the fault lines along which tensions and conflicts occur? And what is the appropriate relationship between "church" and state in a modern society? 2004. 57 min. DVD 4685

The Hajj: One American's Pilgrimage to Mecca
Michael Wolfe, an American Muslim, describes the experience of his hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, taking viewers step by step through the spiritual side of the pilgrimage, explaining the origins and meanings of the rituals. Originally broadcast on the television program Nightline, on April 18, 1997. 23 min. Video/C 5956

Hijab: An Expression of My Soul
Islamic women living in California explain their religious beliefs in relation to hijab, the head-scarf worn by Muslim women and explain their decision to continue this practice while living in the United States. This film was made through the Ethnic Studies Class at U.C. Berkeley. Produced, directed and edited by Juveria Abdul-Aleem and Irum Shiekh. 1999. 20 min. DVD 8699 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6556

On September 6, 1970, members of the militant Palestinian group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, hijacked four commercial airliners in order to draw attention to their cause and gain the release of their comrades being held in Swiss prisons. Three days later they commandeered a fifth plane, and, without killing any of the hostages, spectacularly blew up three of the planes at Dawson's Field in the Jordanian desert. Through interviews with militants who carried out the attack, journalists, crew members, and passengers, this production examines these events, and how and when Middle East militants began to see civilians as legitimate pawns in their struggles for self-determination. c2006. 60 min. DVD 5631

Historic Middle East Films
Contents: A compilation of five educational and historic Middle East films produced between 1930-1950s. Desert venture / Standard Oil Company of California presents ; writers, Philip C. Humphrey and Gordon M. Sessions ; producer, Robert Yarnall Richie ; narrator, Dan Donaldson (1948, 28 min.) -- Iran: between two worlds / Encyclopaedia Britannica Films presents ; produced by Kenneth Richter (1954, 14 min.) -- Screen traveler: Damascus / writer and narrator, Paul Devlin (1936, 11 min.) -- Labor of thy hands / Hadassah presents ; screenplay, Mina Brownstone ; producer, Hazel Greenwald (1950s, 14 min.) -- Amateur film: Middle East (1933, 17 min.). Desert venture: This oil propaganda film explains why venture capital in Saudi Arabia is crucial to fueling America's "nation on wheels." Iran: between two worlds: A portrait of Iran immediately before the 1953 coup d'etat. Covers various aspects of Iran's history, including art, religion, weaving, silver plate-making, food preparation, and day-to-day life. Screen traveler: Damascus: A travelogue of Damascus, Palestine, and Jerusalem, including footage of markets and streets, the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Jaffa Gate, the Mount of Olives, and more. Labor of thy hands: Sponsored by an American Zionist women's organization, this film aims to build support for Israel among Americans by showing similarities between the two countries. DVD X55

Holy Land: Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Middle East.
As the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam -- three of the world's great monotheistic religions -- the Middle East has come to be known as the "Holy Land," yet despite the reverence and awe this region's history inspires, disputes based on long-standing religious claims to the same land continue to rend its contemporary fabric. 1984. 25 min. DVD 7237 [preservation copy]; Video/C 9958

Holy Warriors: Richard the Lionheart & Saladin
The remarkable story of the relationship between the Muslim leader Saladin and the Christian Crusader Richard the Lionheart. Battling in the name of different religions, and filled with blinding cultural ignorance, both shared a faith in one god. Developed from the latest research into the original Christian and Muslim ancient sources and interviews with experts from both the East and West. c2005. 110 min. DVD 5641

Honourable Murder (Hedersmord)
Honor, in many countries of the Middle East, is more important than any other characteristic or possession, including the lives of one's daughter, sister or wife. This program examines the cultural tradition that makes women the talisman of family honor and the practice of atoning for "dishonor" with their blood. Scholars, judges and clergymen discuss the age-old practice, the laws that allow the murderers to go unpunished and the religious roots. Women who have "dishonored" their families by being raped or because they eloped to escape a forced marriage are interviewed. Provides an in-depth analysis of Middle East culture that is slowly changing as it overcomes centuries of tradition. Dist: Films Media Group. 1998. 57 min. Video/C 7837

Human Rights and Islam
Four segments are presented. First segment: Examines human rights abuses inside the Algerian conflict between an authoritarian government and an insurgent Islamist movement. Second segment: Independent film producer Susan Mazur, goes behind the lines in Kashmir to report on the conflict's mounting death tool and its human rights implications. Third segment: Children's impressions of the war in Sarajevo are presented in the film "War in children," produced by Ademir Kenovic and the SAGA film company. Fourth segment: Report on women under Islamic law speaking out againt the veil. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 24, 1995. Video/C 6724

In the Name of God: Holy Word, Holy War.(Age of Terror)
By detailing key incidents ranging from the Dawson's Field hijackings to the Luxor massacre, this program charts the ever-widening holy war that is pitting Islamists against Zionists and the Arab world against the West. A key member of The Kach Party, the founder of the Palestine Democratic Party, operational and spiritual leaders of Hamas, Lebanese al Qaeda and Hezbollah, a former Jewish Underground leader and former PFLP hijacker are featured, as are former prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and Conor Gearty, expert in human rights law. Dist: Films Media Group. 2003. 49 min. DVD 2009

In the Name of the State: When Might Makes Right.(Age of Terror)
This program profiles cases of Iranian-sponsored terrorism via the Hezbollah and the PLO as well as Argentina's dirty war, when the government used terror tactics against its own people. U.S.-backed insurgency in Nicaragua via the Contras is also analyzed. A former chief of the CIA's Latin American division, an official of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, a retired Nicaraguan General, a former head of Argentina's armed forces and a former interrogator, the president of the Association of Grandmothers of the May Square and a forensic anthropologist who is committed to identifying remains of the disappeared, are spotlighted. Dist: Films Media Group. 2003. 49 min. DVD 2010

Independence: Egypt and Algeria.
Explores the common features underlying most of the Middle Eastern countries' achievement of independence underscoring the significance of the Second World War to Middle Eastern struggles over Western colonialism. Then examines in more detail the struggles for independence in Egypt and Algeria -- the rise of Nasserism in Egypt and the full-scale Algerian revolution against the French. c1984. 25 min. DVD 7244 [preservation copy]; Video/C 9965

International Terrorism. (Terrorism, Aims and Objectives)
Describes the origins, growth and effects of the major players in international terrorism: the Palestinians and the Shiite fundamentalists. Explains the motivations of individuals like Mahmud Khaled, who killed 13 passengers and wounded 80 others at the Rome airport. Examines the moral dilemmas posed by such acts to governments that respect human rights: Is it justifiable to sacrifice the lives of hostages to deter future terrorism? Is it permissible to use violence as a deterrent to terrorism when innocent people might be killed? Dist: Films Media Group. c1995. 52 min. Video/C 8341

Interview with Hersh Goodman: A Conversation on the Middle East.
Institute of International Studies and the Office of Media Services, U.C. Berkeley [1983]. From the series,Conversations. Hersh Goodman, military correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, presents his views on the present political events in the Middle East. (3/4 inch format, stored at NRLF) Video/C 679

Islam: A Pictorial Essay in Four Parts
Contents: Pt. 1. The Doctrine -- Pt. 2. Life of the prophet and the faith. -- Pt. 3. The history and culture. -- Pt. 4 The arts and the sciences.

A historical overview of the beliefs, culture, and history of Islam designed to foster a greater understanding of the Islamic world. 1980? 90 min.Video/C 6870

Islam, Empire of Faith
Documents the rise and growth of Islam throughout the world, from the birth of Prophet Muhammad in the 6th century through the peak of the Ottoman Empire 1000 years later. Historical re-enactments, a remarkable exposition of Islamic art, artifacts and architecture, and interviews with scholars recount the rise of islamic civilization and its profound impact on Western culture and world history. Contents: Pt. 1. The Messenger -- Pt. 2. The awakening -- Pt. 3. Ottomans. 2000. 180 min; 2 videotapes. DVD 1566; vhs Video/c 8228

Islam Rising
Dist: Films Media Group. c2000. 52 minutes each segment.

Islam Rising: Hajj: The Pilgrimage. Every year, millions of Muslims journey to Mecca to take part in the Hajj, the fifth pillar of faith. This program captures the day-by-day events of one such pilgrimage, including the ritual of tawaf, the performance of wuquf on Mt. Rahmah, the overnight stay at Muzdalifah, the symbolic stoning of the Devil, and the festival of sacrifice. A detailed historical background on Islam and its prophet, Muhammad is included. 52 min. Video/C 8173

Islam Rising: Resurgence and Holy War: Russia, Indonesia. The Islamic resurgence has brought an increase in friction between Muslims and non-Muslims. The first part of this program focuses on four divinity students from Tatarstan who dropped out to join the jihad in Chechnya, while segment two tracks the efforts of President Abdurrahman Wahid to make peace between rioting Muslims and Christians on the Indonesian Island of Ambon. 52 min. Video/C 8174

Islam Rising: Money: Manmade or a Divine Gift from Allah? In the world of business, Muslims are striving to remain faithful to Islamic law while accommodating economic changes and technological advances. This program explores the third pillar of faith, zakat, or alms-giving, and the Islamic financial system, where usury and speculation are forbidden but profit-sharing and dividends are mandatory. 52 min. Video/C 8175

Islam Rising: The Quran and the American Dream. In the U.S., Islam is prospering as never before - but some Americans are beginning to fear the burgeoning power of that group, currently 8 million strong. This program traces the rapid expansion of Islam in New York City, where it sustains and brings hope to Muslim citizens, recent Muslim immigrants, and converts drawn primarily from the downtrodden sectors of society. The program also features the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which strives to root out legal injustices and dispel prejudicial stereotypes. 52 min. Video/C 8176

Islam Rising: Which Way Next for Iran? In the years following the overthrow of the Iranian monarchy by an Islamic Jihad, Iran was ruled by the clergy, which merged politics with religion. Western Society was denounced, and Iran isolated itself from the rest of the world. Now Mohammad Khatami, a champion of reform has been elected. He advocates rejecting the conservative view and opening a dialogue between Iran and the U.S., Isreal, Egypt and other countries. In addition, the program profiles students attending a divinity school to reveal a powerful grassroots devotion to Islam that is not easily deterred by national barriers. The question for the future of Iran is, discourse or confrontation? 52 min. Video/C 8177

The Islamic Mind with Seyyed Hossein Nasr (World of Ideas with Bill Moyers).
Noted Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr discusses how we can have peace in the Middle East. He talks about the root of Islam's attitudes toward the West, how Islam and the West can coexist. 28 min. 1990. Video/C 2280

Islamic Mysticism: the Sufi Way
Traces the history of Islam and shows ruins of its empire which stretched from India to Spain. Presents the rituals, dance, art, music, and philosophy of Sufism, the heart of Islam. Shot on location from India to Morocco, breathtaking images feature stunning Muslim art and architecture, rarely-seen religious rituals and the fascinating whirling dervishes of Turkey. 1997. 30 min. Video/C 5402

Jihad!: In America.
The program features videos of militants' meetings in the U.S., interviews with leading law enforcement and government officials, and discussion about the civil liberties issues our society faces in dealing with the threat of terrorism. 1994. 57 min. Video/C 3894

Provides an in-depth look at the modern, radical Islamic groups and the ideas and beliefs that inspire them. Examines the challenges they pose for governments in the Middle East and the West. Traces the evolution of these groups from the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1940s to Islamic organizations today and looks at their evolving ideology of violence and hatred towards the West. Presents the inside story of Al Qaeda's leaders: Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the recently killed leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi. Contents: Influences on young Osama's life -- Secular Middle East leaders -- Sahwa : the awakening -- Can't suppress ideas -- The infidels invade Muslim land -- Bin Laden : from fundraiser to fighter -- The birth of Al Qaeda -- The CIA starts to pay attention -- Jihad against America -- 9/11 and its aftermath -- Iraq : resurgence of Al Qaeda -- All you need to join is an idea and a laptop. Originally broadcast as an episode of the PBS television program America at a crossroads on Apr. 15, 2007. 60 min. DVD X1283

This enlightening documentary examines the concept of "Jihad" in Islam through interviews with Islamic experts and academicians with the intent of dispelling any misconceptions and prejudices held by Americans toward Islam. 1991. 10 min. Video/C 9969

The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl
Tracks the parallel lives of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearlman and jihadi Omar Sheikh. Both highly educated individuals from privileged backgrounds, one was a humanist who spent most of his career reporting from the Islamic world on a quest to promote cross-cultural understanding; the other was a militant who ultimately chose a deeply violent path. After 9/11, their paths crossed in Pakistan, with tragic consequences. Directed by Ahmed A. Jamal, Ramesh Sharma. 2006. DVD X2507

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance:
Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Qatar (Video/C 3529); Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco. Video/C 3530 (for complete listing of contents, consult GLADIS under series title: f se JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance). 49 min. ea.

Kahane vs. McCloskey: Why Terrorism?.
A debate between Jewish leader and member of the Israeli Knesset rabbi Meir Kahane and former U.S. congressman Pete McCloskey presenting conflicting views of the Middle East territorial question. Recorded January 20, 1986. 57 min. Video/C 973

[Lawrence, T.E.]Colonel Lawrence's War: T.E. Lawrence and Arabia
Biography of T.E. Lawrence, the British Army officer who helped unify the Arab tribes against the Turks during World War I, setting in motion a chain of events that would reshape Arab-Western relations. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Written and produced by Sharon Wood. Supplementary feature accompanying: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 36 min. DVD X233

[Lawrence, T.E.]Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle for the Arab World
T.E. Lawrence helped unify the Arab tribes against the Turks during World War I, but he also set in motion a chain of events that even he would be powerless to stop, events that would shape Arab-Western relations for generations to come. 2003. 120 min. DVD 2629

Letter to America: How Arabs View the United States
Syrian born writer Rana Kabbani returns to the Middle East to investigate Arab anger with the United States and how Muslims have come to view America. Kabbani tours Egypt, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates, canvassing opinions of citizens from all levels of society, as well as those of Americans living abroad. Originally broadcast as a television program: Correspondent. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2004. 45 min. DVD 5826

Lines in the Sand: The Middle East and the Great War
At the outbreak of WWI, the Ottoman Empire allied itself with Germany and Austria, a decision that would lead to the final destruction of the Empire and the creation of the modern Middle East, a catastrophy in the sense of re-drawn boundaries which fuel conflicts to this day. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 34 min. DVD X234

The Living Martyr: Hizbollah Unveiled
For militant followers of Islam, the highest honor is to be dubbed "the living martyr," one who has irrevocably committed himself to dying in a suicide attack against the organization's enemies. Why do boys and young men so readily embrace this ideal? This documentary presents footage of suicide mission preparations and interviews with Lebanon's Hizballah resistance fighters and their families. Dist: Films Media Group. 53 min. c2001. Video/C 8675

Lost City of Arabia
A look at the southern Arabian desert, in search of the legendary lost city of Ubar and a quest to understand a forgotten people. Join a team of archaeologists as new tantalizing clues lead them to take up the challenge to discover "The Lost City of Arabia." WGBH/NOVA, 1996. 60 min. Video/C 7338

Makolet (A Middle East Grocery)
An upbeat documentary depicting the social space of a kosher Middle Eastern grocery store in the traditionally Sephardic section of Brooklyn. Serving the local Syrian Jewish clientele, it has now also become a social headquarters for expatriate Israelis as well as a vivid polyglot of customers: Hebrew, English, Syrian and Egyptian Arabic, painting a portrait of the complexities of multicultural life in a diaspora setting and the compromises necessary to forge a new identity in a new place. 1998. 25 min. Video/C 6527

Chronicles the life and legacy of the Prophet Mohammed from his birth in 571 to his death in 632. Comprised primarily of interviews with Imams, scholars, and individual believers, as well as footage of some of Islam's most significant historic places. 2001. 273 min. DVD 2075

Mahmoud Darwich: As the Land is the Language (Et la terre, comme la langue)
This program describes the life of the great Arab poet Mahmoud Darwich and includes recitation of some of his poems. The film follows Darwich from the Cisjordanian desert to Paris via Cairo and Beirut, tracing the path of his exile from Israel and setting out to understand the emotion distilled by Darwich's words and inimitable rhythm. 1997. 60 min. Video/C 8475

The Media and Democracy in the Arab World.
Reports on the Arabic television news station, Al Jezeera, "the CNN of Arabia". Dedicated to freedom of speech, AL Jezeera has earned the admiration of the West and the ire of the Arab nations. The program includes clips of Al Jezeera's news programs and reports as well as interviews with the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, and some of Al Jezeera's reporters, editors, and directors. Dist: Films Media Group. c2000. 45 min. Video/C 7839

The Middle East
A two-part program on the history of the Middle East region in the twentieth century. "The fall of the Ottoman Empire, the French and British domination, the two world wars, the birth of Israel, the Suez Crisis, the years of American and Russian imperialism, the Arab-Israeli conflicts and the Palestine issue, are some of the major events which took place before the Gulf War broke out. To all this must be added the exceptional development in oil production and the major role it plays in the world economies." Part 1. 1900-1956. From the end of the Ottoman Empire to the Suez crisis. -- Part 2. 1956-1991. From the Suez crisis to the Gulf War. 120 min. DVD 9083

The Middlemen: The Pivotal Role of the Middle East.
Examines the sources of the constant turmoil and instability in the Middle East. Illustrates that the culture and history of the region's peoples, its geography and environment, and the expansion of Western influence have all combined to shape the behavior and attitudes now prevalent in the Middle East. 1984. 25 min. DVD 7235 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 9956

The Miller's Tale: Bread is Life.
Iron deficiency anemia is the most widespread nutritional disorder in the world, affecting more than two billion people. The easiest way to combat the problem is to fortify the flour in bread, but complex social and cultural issues in the Middle East make fortification difficult. Bread has been sacred since ancient times, and many millers refuse to add anything unnatural to their bread because of their beliefs. This program looks at the efforts to introduce fortified flour in Yemen and Egypt, two of the most affected countries. 2001. 30 min. Video/C 8943

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Muslim Women Talk About Sex
In today's Arab-Muslim culture, the most taboo subject for women is sex. In this film, eight enlightened Muslim women living in France speak out frankly about their sexual educations and experiences in relation to Islamic tradition. A film by Sophie Jeanneau. 2006. 45 min. DVD 8625

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Muslims in America.
Originally planned as an installment in a periodic series about different religions, this particular broadcast altered its focus in light of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. ABC News, 1997. 23 min. Video/C 5766

Myth of the "Clash of Civilizations"
In this lecture delivered at the University of Massachusetts, Edward Said in a critique of the groundbreaking book by Samuel Huntington takes aim at one of the central tenents of recent foreign policy thinking - that conflicts between different and clashing "civilizations" (Western, Islamic, Confucian) characterize the contemporary world. Said argues that collapsing complex, diverse and contradictory groups of people into vast, simplistic abstractions has disastrous consequences. Presenting instead a vision of the "coexistence" of difference, Said concludes with the fundamental challenge that faces humanity at the turn of the millennium. 1998. 55 min. DVD 4915; vhs Video/C 5801

New Frontiers: The Middle East Following World War I.
Examines one of the major historical sources of confict in the Middle East: the redrawing of the region's map by the European powers following World War I. The Europeans supplanted the traditional multiethnic diversity of prewar empires -- especially the Ottoman Empire -- with artificial and arbitrary nation states. With scarce understanding or regard to how they were destroying longstanding patterns of coexistence, the European powers set the stage for today's conflicts over arbitrary national boundaries. 1984. 25 min. DVD 7239 [preservation copy]; Video/C 9960

The Oath
"Delves into Abu Jandal’s daily life as a taxi driver in Sanaa, Yemen, and Hamdan’s military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay prison. Abu Jandal and Hamdan’s personal stories—how they came to serve as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver respectively—act as prisms through which to humanize and contextualize a world the Western media demonizes. As Hamdan’s trial progresses, his military lawyers challenge fundamental flaws in the court system. As charismatic Abu Jandal dialogues with his son, Muslim students, and journalists, he generously unveils the complex evolution of his belief system since 9/11." [Sundance] Directed by Laura Poitras. 2010. 96 min. DVD X4676

Noam Chomsky: U.S. Middle East Policy and the American Peace Movement: Talk at UC Berkeley, May 14, 1984 [ONLINE AUDIORECORDING]

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Noam Chomsky[Sound recording]
Disc 1: "Noam Chomsky speech, "The Crisis in Iraq: Understanding U.S. Motives Behind Sanctions and Confrontations," believed to have been given in Boston, 1999." -- Disc 2: "Whose World Order: Noam Chomsky speaks at the University of Calgary on U.S. foreign policy and its effects. Terry White, President of the University, makes initial remarks and Chomsky is introduced by James Palmer. Chomsky traces U.S. policy in Latin America and illustrates its hypocracies [sic] and needs for reform. Speech date believed to be September 22, 1998 at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium at U. of Calgary." -- Disc 3: "The Media and the New World Disorder: produced by Meril Reslor, introduced by Jeff Cohen. MIT professor of linguistics and noted foreign policy analyst talks about U.S. terrorism abroad. He critiques the military aid to El Salvadorian death squads and government interferences with Harold Gray of United Technologies. Concludes with audience questions. Recorded in Los Angeles, 7 Mar. 1993." Disc 4: "The New World Order. Noted MIT linguist and spokesperson on international relations, speaks on the direction of U.S. foreign policy following the defeat of Iraq. He also discusses the UN's peace keeping role, reasons for war making on the part of the U.S., and much more. KPFA broadcast 1991." -- Disc 5: "Veterans Day with Noam Chomsky. Introduction by Jeff Cohen. "Speech by noted M.I.T. professor and author of "Manufacturing Consent," discusses the social and political obedience in the American mind. He analyses [sic] the mind numbing force of mainstream media and uses the Gulf War as an example. Recorded 11 Nov., 1991. KPFK broadcast 13 Nov, 1992." -- Disc 6: "The Media as propaganda. Professor of linguistics at MIT, speaks about how commercial media misrepresents events in Central America. He discusses Reagan Administration's clandestine military operations, and how the United States public opinion influences foreign policy. Recorded at Campbell Hall, Santa Barbara, 21 Mar. 1988." Sound/D 221

Not in My Name
An independently produced documentary which presents an alternate view to the mass media presentations of America's "war on terrorism." It explains the background to the war, and the central part the U.S. played in actually creating the power of Osama bin Laden and explores the way the control of television coverage has become a central issue in the war, with mainstream broadcasters relaying government propaganda. Bush claims his war is a war between good and evil. Others believe it is a war about oil and global domination. The U.S. says they will attack terrorist anywhere in the world, but who decides who is a terrorist?

Contents: A war against bin Laden? -- A surgical war? -- A humanitarian war? -- A just war? -- A legal war? -- War on the media -- A war for oil? -- A war for a safer world? 2002. 41 min. Video/C 8815

North Africa/Southwest Asia: The Challenge of Islam. (Power of Place: World Regional Geography; 17-18)
Prog. 17. Sacred space under seige: Jerusalem, sacred space under seige. Istanbul, fundamental change.--Prog. 18. Population, food supply and energy development: Egypt, population overload. Oman, looking beyond oil.

A telecourse designed to build understanding of geography by examining eleven regions of the world and their interconnections. Each program contains case studies which characterize an individual region. Jerusalem, Sacred Space Under Seige investigates the conflicts and tensions which result from the variety of religious affiliations in Jerusalem. Istanbul, Fundamental Change explores the gaps between rich and poor, secular and fundamentalist muslim in Istanbul Turkey. Egypt, Population Overload examines the rapid population growth of Egypt and its agriculture, particularly along the Nile River Valley. Oman, Looking Beyond Oil, investigates the oil rich nation of Oman as it seeks to diversify its economic base beyond a dependence upon oil. 58 min. 1995. Video/C 4320

Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West
"In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Islamic fundamentalism has, in the minds of many, taken the place once held by communism as the leading threat to the safety and security of the industrialized West. Filmmakers Wayne Kopping and Raphael Shore explore what they regard as the most dangerous force since the rise of Nazism in this documentary. Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West features footage from Arab television outlets with interviews which are compared with newsreel images of terrorist actions staged by the PLO and other groups in an effort to show parallels between hate-based groups of the past and the current mood among Islamic extremists. Obsession also includes interviews with guerilla fighters, former Hitler Youth members, and terrorist operatives as they discuss the role and function of extremist political and religious groups." [Mark Deming, All Movie Guide] Narration by Wayne Kopping ; featuring interviews with Martin Gilbert, Robert Wistrich, Khaleel Mohammed, Daniel Pipes, Alan Dershowitz. Directed and edited by Wayne Kopping. 77 min. 2006. DVD 8471

The Peace Process in the Middle East with Alfred Atherton.
From the series, Conversations. A conversation with Alfred Atherton, former Director General of the Foreign Service, on the peace process in the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. 1987. 30 min. Video/C 1321

Permissible Dreams. (As Women See It)
An examination of the lives of Arab women through the life of Om Said, a traditional Egyptian woman who is typical of thousands of women living in rural villages throughout Egypt. She married at fifteen, has eight children, and does not read or write--yet she is the economist, the doctor, the planner of her family's future. 32 min. 1983. Video/C 4169

The Perfumed Garden
Through interviews with men and women of all ages and classes this film explores the myths and realities of sensuality and sexuality in Arab society, a world of taboos, of erotic literature and films. It begins looking at a more permissive history, and ends with the experiences of contemporary lovers from mixed backgrounds. The film discusses pre-marital sex, courtship and marriage, familial pressures, social taboos and issues of language. It also demonstrates how the rich legacy of fantasy in the A Thousand and One Arabian Nights still permeates contemporary Arab culture. 2000. 56 min. Video/C 8191

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The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
Explores the origins of Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East, and neoconservatism in America, the parallels between these movements, and their effect on the world today. In part one, the program examines the origins of the neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists in the 1950s. The second part of the series examines how the radical Islamists and neo-conservatives came together to defeat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. In part three, the program explains how the illusion of terrorism was created and the use of these movements to manipulate public opinion. Pt. 1. Baby it's cold outside -- pt. 2. The phantom victory -- pt. 3. The shadows in the cave. Written and produced by Adam Curtis. 2006? 180 min. DVD 9245

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The Prize : The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power.
Contents: Tape 1. Program 1. Our plan. Program 2. Empires of oil --Tape 2. Program 3. The black giant. Program 4. War and oil -- Tape 3. Program 5. Crude diplomacy. Program 6. Power to the producers -- Tape 4. Program 7. The tinderbox. Program 8. The New order of oil. Program 8. The New order of oil. 480 min. 1992. DVD 9820 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2806 Pt. 1-4

Religious Terrorism.
Reveals how religious factions can use violence in the name of God to achieve their political goals. Explores three groups: The Shiite network known as the Hizballah of Southern Lebanon, Al Jihad Organization of Egypt, and the Sikhs in India. Dist. Ambrose Video 1996. 46 min. Video/C MM1086

The Rise of OPEC (Oil Series; 4).
Focuses on Saudi Arabian Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani and his role in OPEC, the oil-producing cartel established to counter the power of the oil companies. 58 min. 1986. DVD 7954 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1723

The Road to 9/11 [
Since September 11, 2001, Americans have wondered how their nation had become such an anathema in the Muslim world. This documentary presents a gripping look at the forces that have shaped the modern Middle East -- from terrorists to dictators to the CIA. Chronicles the deep historical roots of Al-Qaida, examining the years of political oppression, economic stagnation, religious fanaticism and violence that gave rise to the attacks of 9/11. Features rare footage, and insightful commentary by leading scholars and journalists including Bernard Lewis, Fareed Zakaria, Thomas Friedman, Ishad Manji, Azar Nafisi, Kanan Makiya, Fawaz Gerges, and David Fromkin. 60 min. 2006. DVD 8317

Edward Said, 1935-2003[Sound recording]
Disc 1: [Announcement of the death of Edward Said] on program Democracy Now, 9/26/03 (59 min.) -- Disc 2: "Memory, inequality and power: Palestine & the universality of human rights." Recorded at UCLA, 2/20/03 (67 min.) -- Disc 3: "Massacre at Sabra and Chatilla," September 16-18, 1982. Interview with Said on 9/20/82 (34 min.) -- Educator and author explains how Israel cannot defeat the idea of Palestine (32 min.) -- Disc 4. "The Palestinian movement" with Judy Miller, David Gelber, Edward Said. Broadcast 6/13/72 (39 min.) -- Disc 5: "Edward Said on Salman Rushdie" (8 min.) -- Edward Said interviewed by Paul McIsaac (64 min). -- Disc 6. "Uprising radio: remembering Edward Said" Broadcast 9/26/03 (20 min.) -- "The question of Palestine: Edward Said," Satellite broadcast, 4/12/88 (28 min.) -- "Edward Said on Oslo," Pt. I & II / reporter, Marcos Frommer. Broadcast 11/29/95 (29 min.) Sound/D 222

Edward Said: The Last Interview.
Less than a year before his death in September 2003, Edward Said, Professor of English at Columbia University and one of the most important literary critics of the late 20th century, spoke at length about his illness, his work, Palestine and politics, his life and education. Born into a Palestinian family in Jerusalem in 1935 and educated in the U.S., he was a member of the Palestine National Council. After his resignation from the PNC in 1991, Said wrote critically about the failures of Yasser Arafat and the PLO. 2004. 115 min. DVD X2228; vhs Video/C MM337

[Said, Edward] Edward Said
Edward Said discusses his postcolonial theory and how it applies to modern culture, from politics to literature. He exposes the Western image of the East as an artificial construct that is still retained today. He discusses Palestine as a politically expedient construct of Europe; argues the right of Palestine to exist as an independent, self-governing nation; and traces the origins of European attitudes toward the Arab world through the literature of E.M. Forster, T.S. Eliot, Joseph Conrad, and Chinua Achebe. Originally produced in 1992 as a Wall to Wall Television production for Channel 4. Dist: Films Media Group. 40 min. Video/C 7946

[Said, Edward] Memory, Inequality and Power: Palestine and the Universality of Human Rights
A lecture by Edward Said, professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He opens with critical commentary on the 1993 Iraq War and moves on to address American support for Israel and human rights abuses against Palestinian Arabs. Berkeley webcast events, 2/19/93. 90 min. Video/C 9474

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[Said, Edward] Professor Edward Said on Orientalism (Race and Diversity Series)
Edward Said's book Orientalism has been influential in a diverse range of disciplines since its publication in 1978. In this interview he talks about the context in which the book was conceived, its main themes, and how its original thesis relates to the contemporary understanding of "the Orient." c1998. 40 min. DVD 4914; vhs Video/C 5800
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[Said, Edward] Edward Said in Lecture: the Myth of the "Clash of Civilizations" (Race and Diversity Series)
In this lecture delivered at the University of Massachusetts, Edward Said in a critique of the groundbreaking book by Samuel Huntington takes aim at one of the central tenents of recent foreign policy thinking - that conflicts between different and clashing "civilizations" (Western, Islamic, Confucian) characterize the contemporary world. Said argues that collapsing complex, diverse and contradictory groups of people into vast, simplistic abstractions has disastrous consequences. Presenting instead a vision of the "coexistence" of difference, Said concludes with the fundamental challenge that faces humanity at the turn of the millennium. 55 min. 1998. DVD 4915' vhs Video/C 5801

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[Said, Edward] Out of Place
Traces the life and work of Edward Said and explores his sense of always feeling out of place geographically, linguistically, and personally. Visits his birthplace in Jerusalem, his boyhood homes in Lebanon and Cairo, and his New York City apartment. Looks at his intellectual legacy, especially his work in literary criticism and postcolonial studies, his love of music, his role on the Palestinian National Council, and his relationship with Yasir Arafat. Blends readings from Said's memoirs and other writings, home movies, and interviews with Elias Khoury, Azmi Bishara, Daniel Barenboim, Noam Chomsky and others. Contents: Summer home in Lebanon -- Said's grave -- NYC apt. with Mariam Said -- Short biography -- Return to Palestine & Israel -- Memorial conference, the West Bank -- The Barenboim-Said Foundation -- Jerusalem, Said's birthplace -- Family home -- Excerpt, The pen and the sword" -- Cairo, Egypt -- Said's father -- Beirut -- Columbia University -- Major works -- Noam Chomsky -- Excerpt, My right of return -- Ein el Helweh refugee camp -- Eid ul-Adha (The feast of sacrifice) -- Excerpt, After the last aky -- Elias Khoury -- Mariam Said -- Excerpt, What price Olso? -- Ramallah -- Excerpt, After the last sky -- Kibbutz Dan -- Israeli diversity -- Identity -- The bi-national state -- Arab Israelis -- Israeli & Palestinian coexistence -- Dan Rabinowitz, Tel Aviv University -- Michel Warschawsky, human rights activist -- Daniel Barenboim -- Said memorial lecture, Columbia University. Directed by Sato Makoto. 2005. 138 min. DVD X2228

[Said, Edward] Selves and Others: A Portrait of Edward Said
A French film crew spent several weeks with one of America's great contemporary intellectuals, Edward Said shortly before his death in 2003, and offers a glimpse at some of his final reflections on the themes that dominated his work. 2003. 54 min. DVD 3811

Sam Spiegel School Short Subjects
A collection of short Israeli films produced by students of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. In Hebrew with English subtitles. <

Program A: Jerusalem, rhythms of a distant city: Three episodes portray the common historical role which Jerusalem fulfills in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Ancestral desire: A thick-skinned politician will not stop running for the post of city council chairman. Home: Tells the story of the filmmaker's immigrant family, sitting in their sealed room during the Gulf War, watching their former home, Baghdad, on television. Operation Ruth: Benny rehearses how to say "I love you" to Ruth. Price is right: A supermarket clerk has a chance at fame, fortune and love if he can only win the grand prize. Contents: Jerusalem: rhythms of a distant city, Dan Geva (1993, 12 min.) -- Ancestral desire, Dror Sabo (1994, 18 min.) -- Home, David Ofek (1994, 18 min.) -- Operation Ruth, Yoav Gurfunkel (1996, 17 min.) -- The price is right, Daphna Levin (1994, 17 min.). 82 min. Video/C 6021

Program B: Neighbors: Two Jerusalem neighbors argue over where to install their TV antennas. Cotton balls: A routine afternoon in the house of a girl and her mother, the hooker. Visions: An experimental movie about the search for love. In good hands: A criminal escaping in a truck filled with stolen cash reaches a lone cabin occupied by twin sisters. Sammy Malso, private eye: A private detective is asked by his partner to find out who his wife's lover is. Bedouin sand: Nine year old Roi falls in love with a bottle of colored sand that a bedouin tries to sell him in Sinai. Contents: Neighbors, Dannah Nayblat (1992, 13 min.) -- Cotton balls, Adva Magal (1992, 8 min.) -- Visions, Galit Rozen (1995, 10 min.) -- In good hands, Oded Davidoff (1994, 18 min.) -- Sammy Malco, private eye, Shahar Rozen (1996, 20 min.) -- Bedouin sand, Omri Levy (1997, 17 min.). 86 min. Video/C 6022

September 11, 2001.
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Shackled Women.
This program assesses second- and third-world abuses of women's rights by the male establishment and examines how female collaboration sometimes contributes to their perpetuation. Feminist Taslima Nasreen and others speak out on topics such as dowry deaths, female circumcision, the Islamic Zina law, the rigors of Hijab, and child prostitution. 1999. 41 min. Video/C 7042

Sects and Violence: Fragmentation Within Religions.
Explains how religions of the Middle East are differentiated into various smaller sects which compete for influence and political power. Looks at several examples of religious fragmentation including: the Muslim split between Shi'ites and Sunnis; the sectarian violence in Lebanon among Muslims, Maronite Christians, and the Druze; and the increasing fiction in Israel between Jews of Ashkenazic and Sephardic origin. 1984. 25 min. DVD 7241 [preservation copy]; Video/C 9962

Shibley Telhami: America and the Middle East
Lecture by Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland. The live event took place on February 25, 2003 in Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley.

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The Singing Sheikh.
Sheikh Imam Mohammad Ahmad Eissa, born 1918, is famous throughout the Arab world for his folk songs indicting the ruling classes. He is considered the voice of the oppressed, banned from state television and radio. 11 min. 1991. Video/C 3034

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Soldiers for Peace
Documents the history of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces, which were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988 for their hazardous service to the cause of peace. Examines the forces monitoring the Afghanistan Accords, the Iran-Iraq ceasefire, and the buffer zone in southern Labanon. 1988. 26 min. Video/C MM678

The Story of Oil: Chief Economic Resource of the Middle East.
Assesses the role of oil in the development of theMiddle East from ancient times to the present, showinghow the presence of vast supplies of oil has shapedMiddle Eastern culture from the beginning. Emphasizesthe roots of Western involvement in the oil industryand examines the current impact of oil wealth onrelations among Middle Eastern states. 1984. 25 min. DVD 7243 [preservation copy]; Video/C 9964

Suicide Bombers: Secrets of the Shaheed
A documentary probing the minds of suicide bombers whospearheaded the psychological war of terror in theMiddle East. The film examines the reasons why youngmen justify sacrificing their lives to become humanbombs. The quest to become "Shaheed," or in English,"holy martyr" is analyzed in rare, intimate interviewswith these men. 52 min. 1998. Video/C 8985

Tales From Arab Detroit.
A film about music in the culture of an immigrant community (Detroit, Michigan) that takes as its point of departure the performance of the Bani Hilal epic by a story-teller from Egypt. Traditional music and dance to hip-hop to rap are featured here as the largest Arab community in North America blends the old with the new. 1995. 45 min. Video/C 5043

[Telhami, Shibley] America and the Middle East
A lecture by Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland. He opens with critical commentary on the 1993 Iraq War and then addresses themes in his recent work, "The stakes: America and the Middle East. Berkeley webcast events, 2/25/93. 95 min. Video/C 9475

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There is No God But God.
Describes the main tenets of Islam and shows scenes of Muslims praying in a mosque, signing a marriage contract and attending a class for the study of the Koran. Modern-day Egyptians are seen boarding a plane in Cairo airport to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. 1978. Video/C 194

They Call Me Muslim.
Muslim headgear, the Hijab. One in France has chosen to wear the Hijab in defiance of French Law. The other skirts the law in Iran, by wearing it as little as possible. A documentary written, produced and edited by Diana Ferrero. 2006. 27 min. DVD 7902

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The Third World War, Al Qaeda.
Dist: Films Media Group. 1994. 41 min. each installment

Europe: Revealing the Hidden Enemy. Examines how al Qaeda's global network was uncovered, and how, in response to counterterrorism, that network has evolved new structures and strategies. Through detailed interviews with American security officials, European intelligence agents, and terrorist Salim Boukhari, looks at the methods and resiliency of terrorists groups. DVD 3735

America: Hunting for Sleeper Cells.Can America fight an enemy within its borders while preserving civil liberties? This program examines the critical role of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces in the hunt for al Qaeda sleeper cells, and how that role has created new challenges for the agency. DVD 3736

Asia: Staking Out Terror's Breeding Grounds. Unstable Southeast Asian countries with poorly equipped law enforcement agencies have become havens for terrorism; one example is the 2002 Bali bombing. This program underscores the minimal attention that Asia has received in comparison with Middle East counterterrorist operations -- and how the disparity negatively affected European and Australian intelligence preceding the Bali attack. DVD 3737

Examines one of the most controversial issues in Islam today, the Hijab - the Islamic dress code for women. Is it a form of oppression or a woman's expression of faith? Through sharing their views and personal experiences, several Muslim women living in the United States help us understand the various attitudes toward the Hijab and the compelling arguments of the underlying issues of morality, modesty and faith to oppression and a woman's right to choose. Produced and directed by Osama Al-Zain. 2002. 30 min. DVD 9906

U.C. Charter Day, 1982.
Celebration of the 114th birthday of the University of California. Among several speakers, Philip Habib, former Undersecretary of State and Special Presidential Envoy to the Middle East, delivers the keynote address on American foreign policy and the Middle East. Video/C 1718

Under One Sky: Arab Women in North America Talk About the Hijab
Is the hijab veil associated with Muslim women, a symbol of oppression, cultural identity or a combination of both elements? Set against a backdrop of Madison Avenue ads and Hollywood movies that romaticize or demonize the Middle Eastern woman, this program presents the history of Arab womanhood, from the days of early colonial missions to the post-Gulf War era. Informed, articulate Arab women living in North America describe the ideologies behind the veil and tear away the labels imposed by both East and West. Dist: Films Media Group. 1999. 44 min. Video/C 7346

Veils Uncovered
Documents the reality of sexual competition among women in Damascus as they vie for number one position, exclusivity with their husbands. Filmed in the marketplace of Souk Al-Hamidivyah, this is a moving personal account of the unexplored sexual world of women who live behind the veil. Islamic religious rules and their application in marriage are explained, the wide ranging social dynamics are explored in marketplace and in the lives of the women of Damascus. c2002. 25 min. Video/C 9759

War of Ideas; Requium(News Wars)
Reporter Greg Barker travels to the Middle East to examine the rise of Arab satellite TV channels and their impact on the "war of ideas" at a time of convulsive change and conflict in the region. His report focuses on the growing influence of Al Jazeera, and the controversy around the recent launch of Al Jazeera English, which U.S. satellite and cable companies have declined to carry. Barker also visits the "war room" of the State Department's Rapid Response Unit, which monitors Arab media 24 hours a day, and meets with U.S. military officers whose mission is to engage the Arab news channels in debate. Requiem (Part two of the fourth hour of News war): Centers around journalists risking their lives to challenge the powerful. In this film, Sheila Coronel focuses on specific examples of journalists in different countries who have encountered censorship, imprisonment, and even death. Originally released as an episode of the television series Frontline World. 60 min. DVD X509

When the World Spoke Arabic (Lorsque le monde parlait arabe)
Dist: Films Media Group. c2001

An Empire Rises from the Sands, Part 1: The Arabs Make Their Entrance. As the shadow of the Dark Ages fell across Europe, the scene for the advancement of Western civilization shifted to the Near East. This program charts the rise of the Arab empire from its roots in the long-standing rivalry between the Byzantines and the Sassanids. Examines the dual role of Mecca as a place of worship and as a center for trade, the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islam, the rapid expansion of Arabia at the expense of Byzantium and the Sassanid kingdom, and the internecine struggle between Arab factions that led to the founding of the Umayyad dynasty. 26 min. Video/C 8025

An Empire Rises from the Sands, Part 2: Once Upon a Time, Baghdad. The victory of the Abbisids over the Umayyads signified much more than the replacement of one dynasty with another. With it, Islam saw the birth of a multiethnic concept of power, in which both Arab and non-Arab Muslims could share authority. This program presents the Abbasid Caliphate at its peak, enthroned in its prestigious capital city: Baghdad. The defining project of Caliph al-Ma'amun, the translation by an army of clerks of all the ancient writings his emissaries could procure is spotlighted--an achievement that set the stage for an eventual showdown between religious and secular scholars. 27 min. Video/C 8026

Encountering Others, Part 1: The Andalusian Epic. This program addresses the expansion of the Arab empire into Spain, where Muslims ruled with tolerance for more than seven centuries. The introduction and consolidation of Islamic power in Spain, the creation of the Umayyad emirate by the sole survivor of the Umayyad dynasty, the rise of Cordoba as a cultural rival of Abbasid Baghdad, and the gradual ebb of Arab rule on the Iberian Peninsula are all discussed. Special attention is given to the prosperous reign of Abdel Rahman III and the flowering of a Muslim culture that respectfully welcomed the contributions of Christians and Jews alike. 27 min. Video/C 8027

Encountering Others, Part 2: They Surveyed the World. During the 10th century, people routinely journeyed from one end of the huge Arab empire to the other--and even into non-Islamic lands far into the north and east. This program captures what it was like to be a pilgrim in a caravan bound for Mecca, an official carrying out the Caliph's orders, a scholar seeking knowledge, a merchant in search of new markets, and an explorer charting the seas. Some of the era's most memorable personalities --mathematician al-Khuwarizmi, the chronicler Abul Hasan Ali al Mas'udi, the cartographer Abu al-Qasim Muhammad ibn Hawqal -- are profiled. 26 min. Video/C 8028

Public and Private Life, Part 1: The Muslim Town. Although the first towns the Arabs founded during the expansion of Arabia were only vast campsites, it was not long before their temporary dwellings gave way to the magnificent signature architecture of Arabian culture. What was it like to live in the Arab cities of the Abbasid dynasty, grand oases of refinement and innovation? This program describes key centers of the Muslim town, including the mosque and the souk, and the roles of the prince, the doctors of the law, and the leaders of the various social groups in keeping order within the community. 26 min. Video/C 8029

Public and Private Life, Part 2: An Art of Living. As life among the aristocracy in Damascus and Baghdad attained its zenith of refinement, another important cultural center was developing in Islamic Cordoba. This program focuses on the remarkable cultural contributions of Ziryab, a talented young musician who fled the East for Andalusia and became the era's preeminent arbiter of style and taste. After creating a popular new form of music, he went on to radically reshape Arab high society, inventing new fashions and hairstyles, introducing fine dining, and creating a thriving market for all manner of luxury goods. 27 min. Video/C 8030

Embracing All Knowledge, Part 1: The Secrets of the Human Body. This program investigates the practice of medicine during the Abbasid Caliphate, offering profiles of Al-Ma'amun's House of Wisdom, Dioscorides, Rhazes, whose Kitab al-hawi outlines an exemplary clinical approach, Avicenna, universally known for his Canon of Medicine, and Abul Qasim al-Zahrawi, the father of modern surgery. The Islamic concern with the relationship between the body and the soul is also discussed, as is the founding of hospitals, one of the great achievements of Islamic society. 27 min. Video/C 8031

Embracing All Knowledge, Part 2: Everything Under the Sun. Picking up mathematics and astronomy from where the ancient Greeks left off, Arab scholars paved the way for the Copernican revolution and the rebirth of science in Europe. This program reveals the development in the Islamic Empire of the Indo-Arabic decimal system, algebra, algorithms and the refinement of the science of optics and the Ptolemaic model of the solar system. The application of astronomy to sacred ends, such as accurately fixing the time for prayers, the direction of Mecca, and the start of Ramadan, is also considered. 26 min. Video/C 8032

Believe, Imagine, Dream, Part 1: The Thousand and One Nights. Encompassing fairy tales, romances, legends, fables, parables, and anecdotes, "The thousand and one nights" is a composite of popular oral stories that developed over several centuries, mainly during the Empire of the Caliphate. This program scrutinizes the wonderfully audacious tale of Scheherezade and what it tells the attentive reader about the dreams of Arab men and women during the empire's golden age. Recurring themes such as hunger for adventure and a desire to be free from tradition are explored, as well as a conception of power that glorifies self-control and disparages violence. 27 min. Video/C 8033

Believe, Imagine, Dream, Part 2: Ulema and Philosophers. By replacing paganism with monotheism and tribal life with empire-building, the Arabs of the Umayyad and Abbasid dynasties effected a complete paradigm shift in their worldview. This program studies the codification of Islamic law and assimilation of non-Arab texts--and the ensuing competition between the ulema, or doctors of the law, and the philosophers, who saw reason as an equal to divine enlightenment. The contributions of key figures, including the Caliph al-Maamun, Yaqub ibn Ishaq al-Kindi, Abu al-Nasr al-Farabi, Avicenna, Muhammad ibn Tufayl, and Averroes, are also examined. 26 min. Video/C 8034

Europe Awakes, Part 1: From Arabic to Latin. As dissension mounted between the rival Arab dynasties in Baghdad, Cordoba, and Cairo, Christendom rallied to oppose the Muslims in Spain and Jerusalem. This program plots out the decline of the Caliphate and the acquisition of Arab knowledge by Europeans starved for Islam's intellectual riches. The rise of feudalism and papal authority, the gradual defeat of the Muslim rulers in Spain, the Seljuk ursurpation of Abbisid power in the Near East, and the Crudades are explained, along with the concerted efforts of Catholic authorities to translate the vast libraries of Arab scientific and philosophical texts. 26 min. Video/C 8035

Europe Awakes, Part 2: Forgetting Arabic. Why was Islamic philosophy, once the epitome of learning, eventually rejected by Muslims? And why, after assimilating it, did Europeans distance themselves from its formulators? This program seeks to understand the religious climate of the late Middle Ages, in which universities and madrassas became centers of power and models for evolving sociopolitical systems. The potentially heretical nature of philosophy is also analyzed--in Islamic lands the djinni of intellectuality was put back in the bottle, but in Christendom it escaped the control of those who used it, paving the way for Renaissance humanism. 27 min. Video/C 8036

Where There is Hatred.
In this examination of nonviolent movements in the Philippines, Chile and Israel, filmmaker Ilan Ziv portrays on Videotape his own awakening to the power of nonviolence after the carnage of violent struggles for overcoming oppression. Live footage of current nonviolent movements is interspersed with on-site interviews in the three countries. 1990. Video/C 1757

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden
After finding out his wife is pregnant, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock sets off for the Middle East in search of Osama, to make the world safer for his unborn child. Armed only with a hasty round of survival training and a camera, Spurlock searches the Middle East's mosques, malls, schools, and caves for public enemy #1. From Saudi Arabia to Pakistan to Israel, he interviews ordinary people and experts on all sides of the Middle East confict, with results that are both comic and thought-provoking. Special features: Alternate ending ; animated history of Afghanistan ; interview with Israeli President Shimon Peres ; interview with former IRA leader Martin McGuinness ; interview with Egypt's democracy activist Saad Ibrahim ; on being a woman in Saudi Arabia ; secret meeting at the Watergate Hotel. c2008. 90 min. DVD X140

Why the Hate?: America, from a Muslim Point of View
A television news program produced after the terrorist attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001, exploring the mixed emotions felt by many Muslims toward the United States. Interview topics include American culture, often perceived as offensive, and U.S. foreign policy, frequently viewed as threatening. By capturing individual opinions and attitudes, news correspondents address common themes in an effort to answer the question of a stunned American populace: "Why do they hate us to much?" Originally presented as a segment of ABC Nightline. 2002. 44 min. Video/C 8678

Women in the Arab World. 1996. 25 min. each installment.

Egypt: To Live with the Differences. An interview with Soraya Altorki, originally from Saudi Arabia, who is now a professor of anthropology at the American University in Cairo. In this candid portrait, she and her educated women colleagues express their fears that the fundamentalist movement will take away their hard-won achievements. Yet, they also resent the lack of understanding of their culture among Westerners and the tendency to regard Muslim women as all the same, without regard to class or education. 1996. Video/C 5072

Jordan: Democracy for Our ChildrenToucan Faisal of Jordan is the first and only woman in the Jordanian parliament. A former television personality, she decided to go into government to rectify the abuses her investigative reports uncovered. Though publicly decried by the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, despite repeated death threats, she refuses to be intimidated as she speaks out for human rights and democracy. 1996. Video/C 5073

Morocco: The Rights of Women. Aicha Belarbi is professor of sociology at the University of Rabat. When Morocco won its independence from France in the 1960's the new constitution granted women equality, but in reality "family law" based on the Islamic code prevails to this day. Professor Belarbi teaches in the area of gender roles, child welfare, women and power and the modern Muslim woman but along with her progressive outlook, she believes strongly in the importance of traditional family ties of which her own close-knit family is an example. 1996. Video/C 5074

Women of Islam: Veiling and Seclusion
Farheen Umar travels throughout Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and the United States to interview Muslim women about Western assumptions about the practice of wearing veils. Explores the historical origins and stereotypes about veiling and confronts common misconceptions about the tradition of covering in Muslim society. 2004. 50 min. DVD 3744

The World of Islam.
The world of Islam is shared by some 800 million people of all races, economic levels, and social strata. The essential principals on which Islam rests-the five pillars- are discussed. 1)The Five Pillars of Islam 2) Islamic Art 3) The Islamic City 4) Orient/Occident 5) Islamic Science and Technology 6) Islam Today. Dist: Films Media Group. 1988. 30 min. each. Video/C 2507-2512

Young Voices from the Arab World: The Lives and Times of Five Teenagers
Everyday aspects of Arab culture and society are conveyed through the lives of five teenagers from Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait, and Morocco. They take the viewer into their homes, schools, places of worship and favorite entertainment spots. Additional narration provides historical, geographical and other background information. 30 min. Video/C 7333


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Afghan Muscles.
In war-ravaged post-Taliban Kabul, Afghanistan young men have discovered the art of bodybuilding and dream of muscle, honour and fame. Once barely tolerated by the Taliban, bodybuilding gyms and clubs are sprouting up throughout the country. Today, competitions take place in the open -- in overcrowded halls where contestants strut their stuff before enthusiastic audiences of robed bearded men who fervently cheer for their favorites. Directed by Andreas M. Dalsgaard. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 59 min. DVD X362

Afghan Star
In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. After thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to the country. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular American idol-style series, Afghan star. Like its Western predecessors, people compete for a cash prize and a record deal. More surprisingly, the contest is open to everyone across the country despite gender, ethnicity, or age. Produced & directed by Havana Marking. 2008. 88 min. DVD X3002

Afghan Stories.
Meet a member of the Afghan royal family once tortured by the Taliban, a refugee couple stuck in no man's land, a revered elder dedicated to peace, an international aid worker, U.S. soldiers and Afghan warlords. This documentary exposes the extraordinary life experiences of ordinary people coping with turmoil as the world comes down on their country once again. The U.S. war on the Taliban is only the latest in the series of 24 years of war and tyranny. But amazingly the new generation, who have never known peace, still have hope and dream of a future lived in prosperity and peace. Director, Taran Davies. 2002. 60 min. DVD 6341

In Afghanistan, the Taliban -- militant Sunnifundamentalists schooled in Pakistan -- have takenover almost all of the country. Will their Jihadspread to the Sunni minority of Iran, igniting a rebellion against that country's Shiite government? Or will Iran strike first, through the Shiite minority living in Afghanistan? This report, filmed by the first crew to enter Afghanistan after America's anti-terrorists air strikes in 1998, takes a firsthand look at the results and implications of the escalating tensions between Afghanistan and its neighbors. 1999. 24 min. Video/C 7040

Afghanistan: Captives of the Warlords
As Afghanistan's extremist Taliban regime shocks theworld, Canadian journalist Arthur Kent returns to Afghanistan, with a hidden camera. Hecompares the harsh reality of life for Afghans todaywith scenes from a bitter history. Lifting the veil onAfghanistan's ruling Taliban regime the film reveals:teachers and students who actively defy Taliban edictsagainst female education in secret "home schools;"women who speak out against harsh segregation, andface death threats for appealing for the right to goback to work; warlords who claim they're cracking downon drug trafficking while poppy cultivation and opiumsmuggling thrives; the Taliban's Religious Police andtheir ban against television cameras; desperate Afghanfamilies who labor to rebuild their farms, even thoughcontinuing fighting may well wipe out their gains; the forces that warn of the export of terrorismas they continue to finance the combatants. 2001. 52 min. Video/C 8640

Afghanistan: The Lost Truth
Presents an unprecedented journey across Afghanistan. Despite the turmoil and suffering they have endured, the women, men, and children hold on to their hopes for the future. This film captures subtle facial expressions, architectural grandeur, and landscape of disarming beauty, painting a vivid portrait of both Afghani people and their country. 2003. 64 min. Video/C MM186

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Afghanistan Unveiled (Regards D'Afghanes)
This film is shot by Afghan camera women traveling across Afghanistan offering unparalleled access to other Afghan women. The documentary traces the effects of the repressive rule of the Taliban on women and the recent U.S.-sponsored bombing campaign. Directed by Brigitte Brault. 2003. 52 min. DVD X2398; vhs Video/C MM346

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Afghanistan: Words and Deeds.
Through a compilation of footage the history of the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan is sketched. 1987. Video/C 1340

Afghanistan, the Lost Generation. (Understanding Terrorism)
Focuses on the country of Afghanistan dominated by a terrorist regime in an unflinching look at the atrocities of war and a people struggling to survive in the total desperation caused by an almost perpetual state ofconflict. Told through the personal stories of threepeople Ustad Kamal, a dean of traditional music, 12yr. old Bashir who struggles to feed his six siblingsafter his parents were killed and Nasrullah, a soldiercrippled by war. 2001. 30 min. Video/C 8447

Afghanistan: Words and Deeds.
Through a compilation of footage the history of the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan is sketched. 1987. Video/C 1340

The Beauty Academy of Kabul
What happens when a group of hairdressers from America travel to Kabul with the intention of telling Afghan women how to do hair and makeup? This documentary tracks a unique development project: a shiny new beauty school, funded in part by beauty-industry mainstays, which sets out to teach the latest cutting, colouring and perming techniques to practicing and aspiring Afghan hairdressers and beauticians. The American teachers, all volunteers, include three Afghan-Americans returning home for the first time in over twenty years. Special features (69 min.): post-screening Q&A with Mermin (13 min.); 18 deleted scenes (56 min.); filmmaker bio (Mermin); resource guide with weblinks. Director and editor, Liz Mermin. 2004. 74 min. DVD X366

Beneath the Borqa in Afghanistan
Filmed in 2001, this documentary looks at conditions in Afghanistan, one of the worlds's poorest, most war-stricken countries. Since the Taliban regime has gained power, millions have relocated to refugee camps where living conditions are scarcely improved. This documentary presents interviews with Afghan men and women about life under the Taliban rule; scenes of life and society in Afghanistan; and discusses hardships for women in areas of health, work, and education. c2001. 12 min. Video/C MM154

Beneath the Veil
A report on social and political conditions in Afghanistan in 2001. The program focuses on the harsh version of Islamic law that has been imposed on Afghanistan by the Taliban, which controls most of the country. Originally broadcast on August 26, 2001 as an episode of the television program CNN Presents. 56 min. Video/C 8315

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[Bin Laden, Osama] Bin Ladin Yatahaddath
An interview with Osama Bin Ladin in Arabic. In this December 1998 interview broadcast by the al-Jazirah Channel, he talks about himself and his views on politics and jihad. In Arabic.85 min. Video/C 9559

[Bin Laden, Osama] Focus & Analysis of Osama Bin Laden Video
Live news coverage and analysis by several networks of the terroristOsama Bin Laden accused of organizing the September 11, 2001terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.Includes coverage of the "hunt" for Bin Laden by U.S. troops inAfghanistan and analysis of the Taliban terrorist organization.Contents: CNN Live Today 12/27/01, 7:05 AM (Pacific time)(11:25) -- CNN new war 12/27/01, 9:40 AM (5:55) -- CNN TalkBack 12/27/01, 12:05 PM (25:24) -- CNN America's new war12/27/01, 1:06 PM (10:32) -- CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports 12/27/01,2:06 PM (12:22) -- CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports 12/27/01, 4:07 PM(13:32) -- CNN, America's new war 12/26/01, 1:06 PM (4:08) --NBC Nightly News 1/04/02, 6:30 PM (3:07). DVD 8418 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 8590

[Bin Laden, Osama] Networks Analyze Recent Footage of Osama Bin Laden
Live news coverage and analysis by several networks presenting recent footage of the terrorists Osama Bin Laden and his associate Mohammed Atef, both accused of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Includes segments of speeches and remarks by Bin Laden. Contents: CNN live 10/05/01, 8:35 AM (Pacific time) (2:58) -- Fox News live 10/05/01, 9:09 AM (1:51) -- MSNBC live 10/05/01, 9:02 AM (1:32) -- Fox News live 10/05/01, 10:04 AM (2:15) -- CNN headling news second watch 10/05/01, 1:48 PM (1:42) -- MSNBC live 10/08/01, 7:18 AM (2:14) -- CNN, The point with Greta Van Susteren 10/18/01, 5:38 PM (3:57). 2001. Total: 16 min. DVD 8214 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 8409

Broken Promises
With the Taliban gone are the Afghan people any better off? This program explores the faltering commitment by the United States and other nations to reconstruct Afghanistan to keep it from becoming a base for other terrorists. Includes interviews with Afghan refugees returning to their country and with President Hamid Karzai. Originally broadcast as a segment of the CBS television program 60 minutes on September 15, 2002. 11 min. Video/C 9252

Dateline Afghanistan: Reporting the Forgotten War
As the United States and its allies engage in a continuing battle to free Afghanistan of its ties to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, many journalists from around the world cover the ongoing conflict. Noted journalists from The New York Times, the BBC, Time, and The Washington Post as well as others reveal the daily personal and professional pressures they face. Learn how female reporters get the story despite the harsh restrictions placed on women in the country and how the U.S. military presence both aids and hinders journalists in their efforts to give fair and balanced coverage. Producer and director, Bill Gentile 2006. 54 min. DVD 8598

Daughters of Afghanistan
A documentary chronicling the struggle for women's rights in Post-Taliban Afghanistan. Journalist and UNICEF representative Sally Armstrong follows four women and one girl as they pursue their dreams of liberation and the powerful forces that threaten their freedom. Includes interviews with the new government's Minister of Women's Affairs, Dr. Sima Samar, who risked death by keeping girls' schools and women's health clinics open. 2004. 52 min. DVD 3105

Dishonorable Killings: Punishing the Innocent
Investigative documentary on honor killings of women in Kurdish communities in southeastern Turkey. The film features compelling testimonies of women survivors in hiding, as well as candid interviews by male killers. The narrative thread juxtaposes the weight of tradition and community pressure against the courage of women who have the courage to take a stand and struggle to overcome ancient practices. Produced and directed by Richard Wolf. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2008. DVD X2414

Hekmat Karzai: Planting the Roots of Peace in Afghanistan
Planting the Roots of Peace in Afghanistan," a talk by Hekmat Karzai, first secretary for the embassy of Afghanistan. Karzai is a guest of the executive and international programs of the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. The talk took place on February 12, 2003 at the Goldman School of UC Berkeley. 28 minutes

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Human Terrain
Human Terrain' is two stories in one. The first exposes the U.S. effort to enlist the best and the brightest of American universities in a struggle for the hearts and minds of its enemies.... The other story is about a brilliant young scholar who leaves the university to join a Human Terrain team. After working as a humanitarian activist and winning a Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford, Michael Bhatia returned to Brown University to conduct research on military cultural awareness. A year later, he left to become embed as a Human Terrain member with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan. On May 7, 2008, en route to mediate an inter-tribal dispute, his Humvee hit a roadside bomb and Bhatia was killed along with two other soldiers. Asking what happens when war becomes academic and academics go to war, the two stories merge in tragedy. Directed by David Udris, James Der Derian and Michael Udris. 85-min. version and 57-min. version (also with bleeped option). c2010. DVD X5102

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Hunting bin Laden [1]
On Friday, August 7, 1998, two cars exploded simultaneously at United States embassies in Africa, killing 268 people and injuring more than 5,000. The accused mastermind of the bombings was named immediately: Osama bin Laden, an exiled Saudi millionaire. This program investigates bin Laden, his followers, and the Africa bombings. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program: Frontline. c2000. 60 min. DVD 6685; vhs Video/C 8322

Hunting bin Laden [2]
Investigates Osama bin Laden, his followers, and the bombings of two African embassies in 1998. This edition has been updated to cover the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, of which bin Laden is also accused. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program: Frontline. 2001. 55 min. Video/C 8355

In Search of Al Qaeda
Follows the trail of Al Qaeda from the Afghan borderareas into Pakistan's cities as American and Pakistaniauthorities track down some of the network's leaders.The journey continues to other Middle Eastern countries, where local villagers, officialsand others are interviewed about what has happened toAl Qaeda and its efforts to regroup. Originally televised as a segment of the program Frontline. c2002. 60 min. Video/C 9573

Kansas to Kandahar
Explores the response of the U.S. military in the war on terror by chronicling the service of army reservists called for an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan. The stress of extended deployment is borne not only by the soldiers but also by their families. Originally broadcast as a segment of the PBS series America at a Crossroads on June 11, 2007 60 min. DVD X1281

Motherland Afghanistan
Afghanistan today has the second highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi reveals the extent of this tragedy by documenting the 2003 return to Afghanistan of her father, an OB/GYN who emigrated to the U.S. in 1972, as he attempts to rehabilitate Kabul's Rabia Balkhi Hospital and to curb the rising maternal mortality rate despite limited supplies, unsanitary facilities, and an untrained staff. Originally broadcast on television in 2007 as an episode of Independent lens. 74 min. DVD X1931

A Nation Uprooted: Afghan Refugees in Pakistan
Examinates the plight of 3 million refugees from Afghanistan living in refugee camps in Pakistan through interviews with Afghan men, women and children who tell of their journeys into exile. It presents the indoctrination of young male children into the Taliban, the beginning repression of Afghan women and the cultural heritage that the Taliban worked to destroy. The refugees also discuss the importance of Islam, education, and ethnic crafts in maintaining their culture and traditions while living in exile. 1985. 30 min. Video/C 8469

Networks Analyze Recent Footage of Osama Bin Laden
Live news coverage and analysis by several networks presenting recent footage of the terrorists Osama Bin Laden and his associate Mohammed Atef, both accused of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Includes segments of speeches and remarks by Bin Laden. Contents: CNN live 10/05/01, 8:35 AM (Pacific time) (2:58) -- Fox News live 10/05/01, 9:09 AM (1:51) -- MSNBC live 10/05/01, 9:02 AM (1:32) -- Fox News live 10/05/01, 10:04 AM (2:15) -- CNN headling news second watch 10/05/01, 1:48 PM (1:42) -- MSNBC live 10/08/01, 7:18 AM (2:14) -- CNN, The point with Greta Van Susteren 10/18/01, 5:38 PM (3:57). 2001. Total: 16 min. Video/C 8409

Return to Kandahar
Nelofer Pazira, star of the feature film 'Kandahar'(Media Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Media Center DVD 1616), returns to Afghanistan to search for her childhood friend Dyana. Her first attempt to find Dyana inspiredthe fictional movie Kandahar. This film is thedocumentary account of her second journey, taken sevenmonths after the fall of the Taliban. While searchingfor her friend, Nelofer unravels her past and thetroubled history of her country. Produced, directed & edited by Paul Jay and Nelofer Pazira c2003. 65 min. DVD 2436

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Ansari, Usamah. "'Should I Go and Pull Her Burqa Off?': Feminist Compulsions, Insider Consent, and a Return to Kandahar." Critical Studies in Media Communication; Mar 2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p48-67, 20p UC users only

Rise: Revolutionary Women Re-envisioning Afghanistan.
Documents the lives of Afghans following the recent American-led military campaign. RAWA members interview refugees, victims of factional fighting and Taliban abuse as well as residents who witnessed the recent bombings of civilian homes. RAWA spokeswomen call for gender equality, democracy, freedom, and an end to foreign military intervention. Shot by members of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, using both a regular and a hidden camera. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2002. 14 min. DVD 3260

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Search for Freedom
Traces the dramatic social and political history of Afghanistan from the 1920s to the present through the stories of four remarkable women: Princess Shafiqa Saroj, sister of the beloved progressive King Amanullah (1919-1929); Mairman Parveen, the first woman to sing on Afghan radio; Moshina, a war widow and survivor of a Taliban massacre; and Sohaila, an exiled medical student who ran underground schools for RAWA (Revolutionary Association of Afghan Women) during the Taliban regime. 2003. 54 min. Video/C MM351

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Shroud of Silence: Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan
Chronicles the everyday struggle that is life for women and girls living in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime's brutal system of gender apartheid. 1998. 15 min. Video/C 8340

State of the Talib
This documentary traces the history of the Taliban from its rise to power in 1994 to its dominance over the Afghan population. Through interviews with Afghan civilians and refugees this program examines the ideology and objectives of this militant Islamic organization and the tactics they use that often violate human rights and are contrary to the beliefs of many who follow the Islamic religion. 2001. 50 min. Video/C 8485

Süleyman the Magnificent.
Describes the Ottoman sultan known as the second Solomon, Suleyman the Magnificent. Tells how he ruled half the civilized world in the sixteenth century from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul and how his empire flourished and witnessed a golden age under his enlightened guidance. Shot on location in Turkey, this film explores the breathtaking palaces and mosques of the Ottoman Empire as it focuses on the life and personality of Sultan Suleyman. Narrator: Ian McKellen. 57 min. 1987. DVD X2095 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4649

The Taliban Legacy
A report on the havoc created by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan which has resulted in two million Afghans fleeing the country. It shows the suffering of the people under taliban rule and their brutality towards their political opponents. There are now 2 million Afghans living in refugee camps in Pakistan which has refused to ameliorate their inhumane living conditions, insisting that the refugees return to Afghanistan. c2001. 35 min. Video/C 8326

Target America
Following Sept. 11, the nation's top leaders gathered to decide the U.S. response. This documentary examines the debate within the context of the history of terrorist attacks against the United States byIslamic fundamentalists, beginning with the AmericanEmbassy workers taken hostage in Iran during JimmyCarter's presidency. Looks at other incidents--thebombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, thekilling of American soldiers in a Berlin nightclub,the downing of Pan Am 103, and the first attack on theWorld Trade Center. Discusses the Americangovernment's attempts to deal with these attacks,particularly focusing on the Reagan administration.Uncovers a long-standing division within the nation'ssecurity apparatus about how to deal with an enemy that has been targeting America and Americans for decades. c2001. 60 min. Video/C 8443

The Torchbearers.
Emphasizes the crucial role of Islam in the history of the Middle East in bridging the 800 year gap between the fall of Rome and the onset of the European Renaissance in the early fourteenth century. 1990. 25 min. Video/C 4602

View from a Grain of Sand: Three Women, Three Wars: Stories of Survival from Afghanistan
Shot over a three-year period in the refugee camps of north-western Pakistan and in the war-torn city of Kabul, three women's personal stories are portrayed within the larger context of international interference, war, and the rise of religious fundamentalists in Afghanistan. Written and directed by Meena Nanji. Dist.: New Day Films. 2006. 82 min. DVD X2404

Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment
Examines the question of to what extent aliens are protected by First Amendments rights. Follows the case of eight Palestinian immigrants in Los Angeles who were arrested for distributing PLO literature. The case involved the FBI, the INS, and the ACLU. 1998. 30 min. Video/C 6554

With Us or Against Us: Afghan-Americans Since 9/11
When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in the late 1970's, many Afghans fled to the U.S. some settling in Fremont, California which became the center of a community of 15,000 exiled Afghans. After the terrorist attacks of September 11th, these Afghan-Americans found themselves caught in a cultural crossfire between their adoptive and native land. Includes interviews with a variety of individuals who tell what it means to be an Afghan in America today and includes a segment on the Fremont community who fought to keep Taliban representatives from taking over their mosque with their brand of fundamentalism. 2002. 27 min. Video/C 9254

Women and Islam. (Islamic Conversations.)
Leila Ahmed, professor of women's studies at Amherst, argues the case for revision of the widely-held views of the Islamic world about the role of women, using examples from history and the role played by women in the contemporary society. She explains the origin of the veil, and discusses the issue of marriage and women's rights within marriage. Dist: Films Media Group. 1993. 30 min. Video/C 6894


Algeria: the Life & Death of Algerian Journalists(Africa: Search for Common Ground; 11)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. This segment examines the impact of the free press movement in Algeria, using archival footage recorded between 1988 and 1989 by journalist Merzak Allouache. Many lives have been lost in this struggle, but the desire for true democracy and freedom of expression in Algeria remains strong. A film by Benny Brunner and Alexandra Jansee. 1997. 26 min. DVD 7419 [preservation copies]; vhs Video/C 5354

Algeria's Bloody Years
Chronicles Algeria's struggle for democracy since independence from France, tracing the rise of fundamentalist groups in the 1980's and 90's in response to the country's authoritarian leadership. The film examines Algeria's descent into a morass of massacres among the Islamic guerillas, the military and civilians. Algeria's first democratic election since independence went to the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), but when they initiated Islamic reforms, protests erupted. With the FIS positioned to win the 1991 elections, the military circumvented the democratic process and cancelled the vote, which brought about a massive revolt with many sent to prison camps that became breeding grounds for terrorism. A film by Thierry Leclere, Malek Bensmail and Patrice Barrat with Samia Chala c2003. 59 min. DVD 8632; vhs Video/C 9720

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Algeria: Women at War.
A documentary on the situation of the woman in Algeria to-day. Some "Mudjahadines", the women fighters during the war of Independence from the French (1954-1962), recall their own experiences: their hopes and their disillusion after the war, when the Government refused to recognize their role and contribution to the National Liberation Movement. A new generation of women tries to find a path between modern democracy and the fundamentalism of the Islamic faith. 50 min. 1992. DVD X2405; vhs Video/C 4081

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The Battle of Algiers (La bataille d'Alger) (1965)
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. A documentary-style re-enactment of the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafes. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed. 117 min.

Special features: Disc 1: Theatrical and re-release trailers; production gallery. Disc 2: "Gillo Pontecorvo: the dictatorship of truth," a 37 min. documentary made in 1992 about Pontecorvo; The making of The battle of Algiers (51 min.); Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone discuss the film (17 min.). Disc 3: "Remembering history," a 69 min. documentary about the Algerian Revolution; "Etats d'armes," 28 min. of excerpts from Patrick Rotman's 3-part documentary, L'Ennemi Intime, which focuses on the horror of the Revolution; "The battle of Algiers, a case study" a 25 min. conversation about the contemporary relevance of The battle of Algiers between former National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism Richard A. Clarke, former State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Michael A. Sheehan, and Chief of Investigative Projects for ABC News, Christopher E. Isham; "Gillo Pontecorvo's Return to Algiers" (1992) (58 min.). DVD 3050; also VHS Video/C 999:111

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Death Squadrons: The French School.
The story of the involvement of the French military in Operation Condor, established in 1975 by the autocratic governments of South America. This supranational criminal organization's mission was the extermination of political opponents both in their own countries and abroad. Presents a cautionary note about what happens when governments and the military are convinced that enemies are everywhere, and that any means necessary can be employed to fight them. 2003. 60 min. Video/C MM341

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Drowning by Bullets.
On the evening of October 17, 1961 about 30,000 Algerians, ostensibly French citizens, descended upon the boulevards of central Paris to protest an 8:30 curfew. The curfew was in response to repeated terrorist attacks by Algerian nationalists in Paris and other French cities. They were met by a police force determined to break up the demonstration. Demonstrators were beaten, shot, even drowned in the Seine. This film exposes the massacre, and the cover-up. Directed and produced by Philip Brooks and Alan Hayling 1982. 52 min. DVD X3431; Video/C MM922

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Independence: Egypt and Algeria.
Explores the common features underlying most of the Middle Eastern countries' achievement of independence underscoring the significance of the Second World War to Middle Eastern struggles over Western colonialism. Then examines in more detail the struggles for independence in Egypt and Algeria -- the rise of Nasserism in Egypt and the full-scale Algerian revolution against the French. c1984. 25 min. Video/C 9965

The Nouba of the Women of Mount Chenoua (La Nouba des femmes du Mont-Chenoua)
Taking its title and structure from the "Nouba," a traditional song of five movements, this film mingles narrative and documentary styles to present the creation of women's personal and cultural histories. Returning to her native region in Algeria after 15 years, Lila is obsessed by memories of the war for independence that defined her childhood. In dialogue with other Algerian women, she reflects on the differences between her life and theirs and contemplates the power of grandmothers who pass down traditions of anti-colonial resistance to their heirs. A film by Assia Djebar. 1977. 115 min. DVD X1307; vhs Video/C 8137

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Paroles de pieds-noirs
The story of the refugees from the Algerian war who returned to France, told mainly in their own words. Directed by Jean-Pierre Carlon. In French without English subtitles. 2009. 148 min. DVD X3641


Beyond Division: Reunifying the Republic of Cyprus
The compelling story of the transformation of an ancient land to a modern democratic state. Cyprus emerged from colonial rule in 1960, but in 1974 was divided by force when Turkey occupied the northern third of the island. This documentary discusses its struggle to be free from foreign occupation, with a free market economy ready to take its place in the European Union. 2001. 33 min. Video/C 9317

Paradise Denied: A Covert Report on Turkish North Cyprus
Examines North Cyprus' hunger for a peaceful solution to an unbearable situation, in light of the current EU negotiations. Sections cover the history of the war of 1974, economic and political realities of life today inside the "TRNC." Included are interviews with "President" Rauf Denktas, of the unrecognized "Turkish Republic of North Cyprus", the President of the Cyprus Republic Glaukos Clerides ; Turkish, European and American intellectuals and citizens of North Cyprus. 2003. 52 min. DVD 9897


Separate videography of works about ancient Egypt

Le Caire-- (Cairo As Seen by Chahine)
Director, Youssef Chahine ; producer, Mustapha Abdel Aziz ; screenplay, Youssef Chahine ; cinematography, Tarek El-Telmessany, Samir Bahzan ; editor, Rashida Abdel Salam. Presents Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine's impressions of Cairo and its people in the early 1990's. Chahine employs a rapid pace as he follows an actor on his quest to play a part, transforming this declaration of love for the city into a self-portrait of a filmmaker. Originally produced for French television in 1991. 24 min. DVD 3833

City of the Dead and The World Exhibitions. Lettres du caire.
Examines the definition of civilization in Islamic countries and the various influences and perceptions of their culture by European nations and the Americas with particular focus on the City of the dead in Cairo and the "exhibition" of foreign peoples at world's fairs. Lettres du caire: By referring to old family photographs and with vivid descriptions in Arabic, French and English, a woman reminisces about a life spent in Cairo, Paris, and Montreal. Films by Julian Samuel. 1995. 91 min. DVD 7403 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5281

Produced and directed by Tania Kamal-Eldin. This documentary examines the reasons behind the increased veiling occurring in Egypt. Intimate interviews set against a backdrop of compelling footage reveal the complex motives of women choosing to cover up. 1995. 30 min. Video/C 4880

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Egypt: The Habit of Civilization (Legacy series).
Pharonic Egypt, the longest lasting of the ancient civilizations, created the state institutions on which nations are still built- bureaucratic government, organized religion and international trade. 57 min. 1990. Video/C 3020

An Egyptian Salad (Salata baladi; Salade maison)
Nadia Kamel is an Egyptian with Jews, Muslims and Christians in her family. Her documentary uses her multicultural ancestry to examine Egyptian history and identity. 106 min. DVD X1827

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Four Women of Egypt
How do we get along with each other when our views collide? These four Egyptian women have the same goals--human diginity and social justice--but each adopts an approach radically different from the others. Muslim, Christian, Jewish or non-religious, their visions of society range from wanting a secular or socialist state to an Islamic one. But these friends refuse to demonize one another or treat each other with disdain. Deeply committed, these women argue openly, without ever breaking the bond that unites them. 1997. 90 min. Video/C 5655

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Garbage Dreams: Raised in the Trash Trade.
Follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for "garbage people" Far ahead of any modern "Green" initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community. Produced and directed by Mai Iskander. 2009. 79 min. DVD X2691

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Hidden Faces.
Originally intended as a film about internationally renowned feminist writer Nawal El Saadawi, this film develops into a fascinating portrayal of Egyptian women's lives in Muslim society. It broaches the contradictions of feminism in a Muslim environment and the profound attachments to traditional family life. 52 min. 1990. Video/C 3164

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Living with the Past.
Cairo, Egypt is one of the few intact medieval cities in the world. In Darb al-Ahmar, a neighborhood at the heart of the old city, four major restoration projects are in progress, to preserve ancient monuments. Uniquely, there are also development projects to improve the living standards of the local people, along with the restoration projects. 2001. 56 min. Video/C MM457

Nasser 56.
A docudrama presentation including vintage newsreel footage of the events surrounding the 1956 nationalization of the Suez Canal by Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. 1996. 140 min. Video/C 5593

Permissible Dreams. (As Women See It)
An examination of the lives of Arab women through the life of Om Said, a traditional Egyptian woman who is typical of thousands of women living in rural villages throughout Egypt. She married at fifteen, has eight children, and does not read or write--yet she is the economist, the doctor, the planner of her family's future. 32 min. 1983. Video/C 4169

The Price of Change.
Once considered shameful, nearly 40% of Egyptian women now work outside the home. This film examines the effect of working on five women revealing that modern Egyptian women have more choices today in family planning, education and careers. But for the poor and uneducated, the new status often creates double responsibilities at home and at work. Originally produced in 1982 (released in 1990's). 26 min. Video/C 7202

[Sadat, Anwar] Assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat: Tuesday, October 6, 1981 / ABC News.
Expanded edition of Nightline covering the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and the reactions from key political figures including former President Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger and others. 61 min. 1990 Video/C 5760

Sense of Honor.
Nadia Atif, an Egyptian anthropologist takes a look at the role of women in Egypt and explains the Muslim women's sense of honor. 50 min. Video/C 716

Shayfeen.com: We're Watching You(Why Democracry? Series)
In 2005, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose National Democratic Party has been the dominant political force for 24 years, announced that Egypt would hold multi-party presidential elections. Unable to sit by while their country is on the brink of change, three women activists [Bosayna Kamel, Ghada Shahbandar & Engi Haddad] start a grassroots campaign to empower the public and hold their government accountable... They film the election process, capturing widespread violence and voter fraud, and broadcast the footage on their website. Directed by Sherief Elkatsha, Leila Menjou. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 53 min. DVD X394

These Girls (el-benate dol)
Follows a band of teenage girls living on the streets of Cairo. With astonishing access to the girls' world, this vigorous, cinematic film is built upon the deep trust of its subjects. Already at a disadvantage as impoverished and abused girls in a Muslim society, they encounter rape, drug addiction, prostitution, pregnancy and motherhood on the streets. While the girls' troubles are not downplayed, neither are their courage, playfulness and vibrant camaraderie. A film by Tahani Rached. 2006. 68 min. DVD 7915

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La tradizione nell'Alto EgittoLa tradizione nell'Alto Egitto
Ethnographic film of Upper Egypt with footage of agricultural workers, work songs, household activities, epic songs and folktales, music and dance, musical instruments and religious customs. Contents: Lavoro e canto = Work and song -- Lo spazio domestico: lavoro, rito e gioco = The household: work, ritual and play -- Una fiaba: "La figlia del nibbio" = A folk-tale: "The kite's daughter" -- "Abu zayd e zanati halifa": canto epico hilaliano = Hilali epic song -- Musica e danza = Music and dance -- Strumenti musicali = Musical instruments -- Religiosita popolare = Popular religiosity. In Arabic with introductions to each segment in Italian. 32 min. Video/C 9658

Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt.
Documentary about singer Umm Kulthum, born a peasant at the turn of the century, who became a powerful symbol of the aspirations of her country. Produced, written and directed by Michal Goldman. Based on the book: "The voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthum, Arabic song, and Egyptian society in the twentieth century" by Virginia Danielson. c1996. 69 min. DVD 8835; vhs Video/C MM84

A Veiled Revolution.
Egypt was the first Arab country where women marched in political demonstrations (1919): the first Arab country where women took off the veil (1923): the first Arab country to offer free public secular education to women (1924). Today the grand-daughters of those early feminists are putting on a modest garb, sometimes with full face veil and gloves, which they call Islamic dress. The film explores the different facets of the new "veiling". Director, Marilyn Gaunt. 26 min. 1982. 1991. DVD X3438' Video/C 2818

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Virtual Cairo: A History
Using computer simulation, the film traces the spatial development and morphological transformation of the historic core of Cairo up to the sixteenth century. [199-?] 24 min. Video/C 7747


The Forbidden Land.
Eritreans have been fighting for independence from Ethiopia for over 30 years. This video discusses the struggle for liberation which culminated in a successful coup in May, 1991. 56 min. Video/C 2617

Sidet: Forced Exile.
Presents the stories of three Ethiopian women who each sought refuge in the Sudan. Tells how they have managed to survive displacement and create lives for themselves in exile. Notes: In Tigriniya and Arabic with English subtitles. 60 min. 1991. Video/C 3352

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All Restrictions End
In the early days of the Iranian revolution, anyone with press lines on his trousers would be dismissed from work. How can one say his prayers to Allah without breaking his trousers' press lines?" This and other reflections on Islam and clothing characterize this thought-provoking, free-form documentary. With clothing as the leitmotif, the filmmaker provides the history of Iran, the country of his birth, where beheadings and hangings are commonplace occurrences. It is an endless series of confrontations between groups that all want something different for their country. Clothing remains the point of departure in the stories about Iran, a land that has tottered for centuries between East and West, the present and the past, freedom and repression. In Baudelaire's words, fashion is the mirror of the times, and that makes it a great metaphor for what is going on in a country. The film is structured like a collage, interweaving archival footage from Iranian cinema, imagery from various stylistic epochs in the history of Persian painting, graphics from the period of the Islamic Revolution, and works provided by various artists. Directed and edited by Reza Haeri. 2009. 33 min. DVD X5059

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--aur Irani chai.
Documentary on the migrated Iranians who run cafes (famous for Irani tea) as their family business in Bombay, India. 2004? 20 min. DVD 7205

Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair.
Reveals the arms for hostages deal and also the activities of a shadow government made up of U.S. military personnel, C.I.A. agents, arms dealers, drug smugglers, and assassins, which operates with the sanction of the elected government. 76 min. 1998. Video/C 1644

Divorce Iranian Style (Talaq)
Looks inside an Iranian divorce court to show how women are treated under Islamic law by following the cases of three women who come before a judge and by turn use whatever they can -- reason, argument, charm, outrage, pleas for sympathy, patience, wit -- to get what they each want: a divorce. A film by Kim Longinotto & Ziba Mir-Hosseini. 1998? 76 min. DVD X3855; Video/C 6836
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Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option
In 1979, the eyes of the world were riveted on the hostage situation in Iran. What was not known, however, was that six Americans had managed to escape. This is a fascinating account of how these six Americans were given shelter by Canadian diplomats who eventually smuggled them out of Iran. Includes interviews with the escapees and those who helped them. Director, Chris Triffo. 2004. 47 min. Video/C MM929

The Evolution of Revolution: Live from Tehran. (Century: Events that Shaped the World; 11.)
During the Carter administration, Iranian students seized the American embassy in Tehran--and 53 American hostages--to begin a standoff that lasted until Ronald Reagan's inauguration 444 days later. What factors prompted that act of terrorism? This program examines the history of America's relations with Iran and the consequences of an American foreign policy shaped more by a desire to protect an oil-dependent standard of living and opposition to communist expansion than to promote democracy. 73 min. DVD X4547; Video/C 6352

Final Fittling
A documentary following Mr. Arabpour, the master tailor and craftsman, and the proprietor of the most famous tailor shop in Qom. He is in his eighties and for the last several decades has been the official tailor to the most important religious leaders of the country, starting with the late Ayatollah Khomeini to the current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, as well as for the former president, Mohammad Khatami. Directed and edited by Reza Haeri. 2008. 31 min. DVD X5059

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Fragments of a Revolution
Goes beyond the headlines and the tweets to tell the story of the protests that swept Iran in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 presidential election. Directed by an anonymous Iranian living in exile, the film brings together clandestinely sent emails, online videos and footage shot by protesters in the midst of demonstrations. Director(s): Anonymous. Produced by Virginie Guibbaud & Gilles Padovani. 2011. 56 min. DVD X6918

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Googoosh: Iran's Daughter
Googoosh, Iran's legendary pop diva, was silenced following the 1979 Islamic revolution, when women singers were labeled "temptresses" and forbidden to perform publicly in the presence of men or to release recordings. Looks at her beginnings as a child star to her full-fledged adult career of unpreceedented scope, to silence and resurgence. Packed with clips from her films as well as concert footage, examines her image and cultural significance, and places her story in a political and historical context. 2004. 158 min. DVD 3305

Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life.
A documentary in which Merian C. Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack, and Marguerite Harrison travel through Asia Minor and Iraq to reach a tribe of nomads in Iran known as the Bakhtyari. They follow the tribe on its forty-eight day trek across deserts, streams, and mountains to reach pasture for their flocks. These three people were the first Westerners to cross the Zardeh Kuh Pass and the first to make this migration with the tribes. Videodisc release of a 1925 motion picture. Bonus feature: Film historian Rudy Behlmer audio interview with producer-director Merian C. Cooper. 71 min. DVD 1931

Hollywood in Tehran.
This segment of Nightline looks at how Tehran's spirited filmmakers express themselves and create world-class cinema despite restrictions imposed by Iran's Islamic regime. Nightline 5/26/97. 23 min. Video/C MM415

The House is Black (Khanah siyah ast)
This film about the leprosy colony in Tabriz, Iran is a compassionate portrait of forgotten people. Straightforward yet sympathetic, the film affords dignity to its subjects, particularly through Farrokhzad's striking poem read by the poet herself. The House Is Black has heavily influenced the modern Iranian cinema of such great filmmakers as Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who called it "the best Iranian film." It provides, in the film's own words, "a vision of pain no caring human being should ignore." Directed by Forough Farrokhzad. 1962. 22 min. DVD 3529

Inside Out
Documents the daily activities of three individual who are coming to terms with their transgender identities and the related emotional and physical transformations while living in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Features intimate conversations with Maria (a male-to-female transsexual), Saman (female-to-male) and Arash (female-to-male), allowing them to tell their stories, including the lifelong struggle with their gender dysphoria, how this mind/body conflict has affected their everyday behavior, and the impact of hormone therapy and sex-change surgery on their lives. Directed by Zohreh Shayesteh. 2006. 39 min. DVD 8650

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Iran, a Cinematographic Revolution (Iran, une revolution cinematographique)
Traces the development of the Iranian film industry, which has always been closely intertwined with the country's tumultuous political history, chronicling how Iranian films reflected contemporaneous society and often presaged social change. It shows how mainstream commercial cinema served as a propaganda tool for both the monarchy and the fundamentalist religious regime, recounts the sporadic efforts of some filmmakers to reveal grimmer social realties, and the struggles against censorship and traditional cinematic formulas by such pioneers as Bahram Beyzai and Sohrab Shahid Saless and pre- and post-Islamic revolutionary 'new wave' filmmakers. A film by Nader T. Homayoun. 2006. 98 min. DVD 7189

Iran, a Revolution Betrayed.
In English and Persian, with subtitles in English. A historical documentary on the emotional muddle of Iranian political and religious turmoil of recent years. Looks at the career of the Shah and the triumph of Khomeini. Shows how the revolution began to devour its own as liberals fought conservatives, national minorities were crushed, and the dissident were eliminated through secret trials and executions. 60 min. 1983. DVD 4649 [preservation copy]; also VHS Video/C 141

Iran Contra Hearings.
Recorded off-air from KQED program of the joint congressional hearing on the Iran-Contra Affair, July 9-13, 1987. 7 videocassettes. 1987. Video/C 1205

Iran: The Cyber Dissidents
Documents the recent history and current state of the reformist movement in Iran. Discusses how the internet has given new life to a reformist movement that has deteriorated due to threats of arrest, imprisonment, torture, and death. Primarily follows Farid, a "cyber-dissident" who has become a leader of the opposition via his website. 2005. 26 min. DVD 4646

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Iran, Veiled Appearances
Twenty-three years after the Islamic revolution, this documentary investigates contemporary Iran at a turning point in its history, exposing both an extreme fundamentalism being fostered by its leadership and the seeds of change in its youth culture. By illustrating the generational and ideological division inherent in the theocratic society of contemporary Iran, the film becomes a powerful document of a county at the cusp of profound change. 2002. 59 min. Video/C 9771

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Iranian Journey
This documentary follows Masoumeh Soltan Bolaghie, the first female bus driver in the Muslim world, as she drives her bus on a 20-hour journey from the Iranian capital, Tehran, to the port city of Bandar Abbas on the Gulf coast. The changes in the lives and roles of women in a period of transition in Iran are explored. In a country where women's choices, including what they wear, are restricted by legal and religious doctrine, Masoumeh is a symbol of determination for change to take place in this Islamic society. 1999. 54 min. Video/C MM348

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Iran's Young Rebels
Nearly three quarters of the Iranian population is under the age of 30, and many are bursting with dissatisfaction. Evan Solomon goes inside Iran to explore an underground world where young people are rebelling in very typically Western ways -- punk bands, rap music, drugs, speed racing, defying gender roles -- but face much bigger consequences breaking rules under an authoritarian government. Theirs is not a political rebellion; it's a social revolution, but how much can Iran's young rebels change the country's current regime? Originally broadcast on the television program CBC NEWS Sunday in 2008. 36 min. DVD X5647

The Isfahan of Shah Abbas.
Explores the unique qualities of Islamic art and architecture as evidenced by the 17th-century Persian imperial capital of Isfahan, rebuilt by Shah Abbas. 1975. 30 min. Video/C 2629

The Ladies' Room (Zananeh)
Filmed in a women's restroom in a park in Tehran, this film offers insights into the lives of women in Iran. The ladies' room enables the women to unveil themselves, both physically and psychologically. In a series of frank and intimate conversations they debate everything from drugs and family abuse, to sex, relationships and religion. 2003. 55 min. Video/C MM347

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Letters from Iran
A moving account of an exile's return to his homeland in Iran. A series of letters written to a friend in America describe his homecoming and emotions. His reunion is joyous as well as sad for the longing of a vanished past. Writer and director, Nezam Manouchehri. 2004. 33 min. DVD 6182

Lt. Colonel Oliver North: His Story.
CNN network highlights of Oliver North's seven days of testimony before the Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition. 120 min. 1987. Video/C 1034

Mirror of the Soul: the Forough Farrokhzad Trilogy: Iran's Greatest Poet Revealed
Forough Farrokhzad, Iran's most celebrated contemporary poet became a legend in her own time for her innovative and controversial poetry. In this extensive multi-part documentary, Farrokhzad's life, work and very soul are laid bare as interviews and commentary dig into her personal and professional life to uncover this outspoken poet who pushed the boundaries of Iranian society. Written and directed by Nasser Saffarian. 2007. 152 min. DVD 8169

[North, Oliver] Oliver North [videorecording]: Friday, July 10, 1987 / ABC News.
Excerpts from the public testimony of Lt. Colonel Oliver North during hearings held July 7-14, 1987 before the two Congressional committees investigating the Iran-Contra Affair. After four days on national TV, explaining his part in the Iran-Contra affair, Colonel Oliver North has become a media hero to much of the country. Includes commentary by politicians and journalists. 23 min. 1987. Video/C 5765

The Other Side of Burka
On the southern Iranian island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf, women wear a headscarf and a "burka," a pinching mask of black bands that presses against the eyebrows and nose ending in a point just above the mouth. The interviewed women do not remove this outward sign of oppression, but against strict Islamic religious rules, they talk openly into the camera about their lives. Produced, written and directed by Mehrdad Oskouei. 2005. 52 min. DVD 5388

Our Times--
Documenting events surrounding the 2001 Iranian presidential election, director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad works with two groups of women, one old and one young, to contrast divergent political attitudes across the generation gap. At one end of this spectrum is the director's daughter and a group of her friends who form a committee to support the incumbent, President Khatami. On the other end is a group of older women running for office on a reform party ticket, despite being thrown off the ballot by an all-male government. The two stories are linked by the story of Arezoo Bayat and her daughter who are simply trying to scratch out a living amid the headier issue of the elections. Director, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad 2002. 75 min. DVD 4695

People of the Wind
A documentary in which the Babadi, a nomadic tribe belonging to the Bakhtiaries of Iran, annually migrate across the Zagros Mountains from winter to summer pasture with their herds of sheep. The people are led by Jafar Qoli, the Kalanter (chief) of the Babadi groups who assumes responsibility for the trek. Directed by Anthony Howarth ; written by David Koff. 1977. 110 min. DVD 1932

Persepolis (2007)
Directors, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi. Based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. Voices: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian, Gabrielle Lopes, Francois Jerosme, Arie Elmalah, Mathias Mlekuz. This animated biographical feature opens In 1970s Iran, as Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family. Their long dream is realized when the hated Shah is defeated in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, Marji grows up to witness first hand how the new Iran has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study. This change proves an equally difficult trial for Marji and finds herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and her homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. Special features: The hidden side of Persepolis ; Behind the scenes of Persepolis ; 2007 Cannes Film Festival press conference ; animated scene comparisions with commentary by Marjane Satrapi ; commentary on select scenes by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud and Chiara Mastroianni. DVD 9864
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A Place Called Home
An Iranian woman, after living and working in the United States, explores her controversial decision to move back to Iran, to return to the place she never stopped calling home. This very personal documentary presents interviews with her family -- with her mother and sister in the United States and with her father, who chose to remain in Iran. Examining the complex layers of expatriate and cultural identities, the film also features a rare glimpse of women's lives in contemporary Tehran. 1998. 30 min. Video/C 8368

Recording the Truth.
Opening with a journalist's startling statement that the Islamic revolution is the first since the Renaissance, 400 years ago, to take place outside the sphere of Western thought and goes on to allow Iran's intellectuals, religious leaders, and photojournalists to express their views on the fundamentalists movement. 1991. 25 min. Video/C 3036

Revolution, Iraq & Iran.
Explores two divergent trends in recent Middle Eastern history: revolutions that seek to change old ways and force nations into new paths and political directions, as exemplified by Iraq; and revolutions that aim to re-create the past and restore the place of Orthodox Islam in daily life, as exemplified by Iran. 1984. 25 min. Video/C 9918

A powerful documentary about a group of young runaway girls who are taken to the women's shelter, Reyhaneh Centre, in Tehran, Iran. It focuses on the sufferings of the girls who struggle to free themselves from the tyrannical and abusive power of their families, mainly their fathers, brothers and stepfathers. A moving, personal expose of the systematic control of women through anger and aggression in the Iranian patriarchal system. 2002? 84 min. Video/C 9097

The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis.
A Bill Moyers special that examines the Iran-Contra Affair, the Central Intelligence Agency, corruption in politics and subversive activities in the United States. 1987. 90 min. Video/C 1075

Shi'ism: Awaiting the Hidden Imam.
Adherents of Shi'ism comprise less that ten percent of the more than one billion Muslims in the world today, but ever since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, with its indelible images of blindfolded hostages seized at the American Embassy in Tehran, Shi'ism has been perceived by most Westerners as a religious sect characterized by violence and fanaticism. The ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and the continuing U.S. occupation of Iraq have led to a resurgence of Shia political activity after decades of oppression by Saddam's Sunni-dominated regime, providing Shi?ism with new found political influence as well as an opportunity to improve its image. This film discusses the history of Shi'ism, its origins, mythology of martyrdom, the centuries of persecution and discrimination of Shi'ism as a minority faith, and its basic tenets including the belief in the twelfth, or 'hidden' Imam, who will appear on the Last Day as the Mahdi. Filmed in Iran, Lebanon and Iraq, this film interweaves contemporary and historical footage, and introduces Muslim scholars, philosophers, writers, politicians and religious leaders discussing a wide range of issues. A film by Said Bakhtaoui and Mohammad Ballout. 2005. 53 min. Video/C 1075

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SOS a Teheran
What is on the mind of Iranians today? Presented here are five institutions that present the unseen life in the Islamic Republic; The Voice of Assistance, a psychology telephone hotline; the Committee of Iman, a charity created by Ayatollah Khomeini for the poor; mandatory pre-marital sex education courses of the Health Ministry; group psychotherapy sessions of Dr. Majd, psychoanalyst of Tehran's elite; and the Marriage Foundation, an ultra-Islamic matrimonial agency. c2001. 52 min. Video/C 8351

The Tree That Remembers
Tracing the history of the gross infringement of civil and human rights in Iran, this documentary examines the plight of former political prisoners under the regime of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Blending the testimony of the prisoners with historical footage, the film honors the memory of the dead and celebrates the resilience of the living. Directed by Masoud Raouf. c2002. 50 min. Video/C 9650

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Women Like Us
A documentary film profiling 5 ordinary Iranian women of different ages and backgrounds: a nurse, a journalist, a rice farmer, a religious college graduate and a piano teacher. Against a backdrop of Islam, revolution and war, they share their views on the veil, the relationship of Iranian women to the West and the long-ranging impacts of the 1979 Revolution on the status of women in their country. 60 min. 2002. Video/C MM344

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Voices of Iraq
In Spring 2004, 150 digital video cameras were given to Iraqi citizens. Passed from citizen to citizen, thousands of Iraqis were given the opportunity to candidly express their opinions for the first time in 24 years. Hear in their own words their feelings about Hussein, the multinational invasion, the presence of American troops, and their hopes for what may lie ahead for Iraq. c2004. 79 min. DVD 5954

Woven Gardens.
Examines the woven rugs of the Qashqai tribe of Iran and explains how the rugs are made, what functions they serve, and the significance of the traditional symbols used in their design. 1976. 52 min. Video/C 179


General and Misc.
Gulf War 1990/91
War in Iraq 2002--


General and Miscellaneous

Baghdad Blogger: Life in Baghdad

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En Route to Baghdad: Sergio Vieira de Mello, Envoy to Iraq
On August 19, 2003, the UN Headquarters in Baghdad was bombed... But more than shaking the very foundations of the UN, the attack shocked the world because Sergio Vieira de Mello was killed. He was slated to be the next Secretary General of the UN and was its most compassionate and skilled mediator. It was generally acknowledged that he was the one who could balance the delicate intricacies that the Iraqi situation presented. This film recounts Vieira de Mello's history which in many ways is the recent history of the UN itself. He helped reconstruct Mozambique and Cambodia after vicious civil wars there. He helped stabilize East Timor. This remarkable Brazilian-born diplomat earned a reputation for humanitarian ideals and practical solutions. 2005. 56 min. DVD 4882

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Facing Extinction: Assyrian Christians in Iraq
Each day thousands of Aramaic-speaking Assyrians (the language of Christ) are enduring unjust persecution because of their Christian faith. The film crew traveled into threatened Christian communities to capture the stories in this program. Included is actual footage, filmed by the terrorists themselves, performing acts of violence against innocent Assyrians. Directed by Rob Marcarelli. 2009. 35 min. DVD X5770

Gertrude Bell: Iraq's Uncrowned Queen
A biography of Gertrude Bell, British archaeologist, traveller, political analyst, and administrator in Arabia. After WWI, when British troops occupied Iraq, with her extensive knowledge of the country she was able to influence politicians in London and Iraqi leaders, ultimately helping to form the modern state of Iraq. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and the Iraqi ambassador to the U.S. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 33 min. DVD X235

Iraq in Fragments
Documentary in three parts. Offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the U.S. presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied. American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Disc 1. Iraq in fragments (94 min.) -- disc 2. Sari's mother (21 min.) -- Iraq before the war (14 min.) -- An interview with James Longley (20 min.) -- Independent Film & Television College (IFTC) shorts: Hiwar (12 min.); Let the show begin (15 min.); Omar is my friend (15 min.); Baghdad days (34 min.). Director, James Longley ; producers, John Sinno, James Longley. 2006. 225 min. DVD 8135

American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults
Full Frame Documentary Festival - Jury Award
International Documentary Association Award

Aufderheide, Pat. "Iraq in Fragments." Visual Anthropology; Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p91-93, 3p UC users only

Iraq, the Shadows of War
Constant wars, embargos and border tension have transformed Basra, Iraq's sole opening to the sea, into a living hell for the men and women who live in the region. A ghost port, a graveyard for hulks. Amidst the ruins, however, Basra is trying to revive its glorious past. For the first time since the American invasion of Iraq, a team of reporters has been to see what thirty years of war have done to the city, its estuary and its people. Directed by Clement Gargoullaud. Dist.: Ciné Fête. 2010. 25 min. DVD X5729

Iraq: The Cradle of Civilization. (Legacy).
After thousands of years as a hunter/gatherer, man built the first cities 5,000 years ago on the banks of the Euphrates in Southern Iraq. Civilization as we know it began. The recent Gulf War was only the latest in a series of conflicts to befall this region between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. 57 min. 1991. Video/C 3017

Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness
While visiting Iraq in 2007 for the premiere of his first feature film, Ah.la-m (Dreams), director Mohamed al-Daradji summons the courage to look back over the turbulent past three years of his life and the making of his film in a volatile war zone. Ah.la-m became the first narrative feature film to come out of Iraq in over thirteen years. Written and directed by Mohamed al-Daradji. 2008. 83 min. DVD X5645


American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Handman, Gary. "Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness." Educational Media Reviews Online; Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p91-93, 3p

Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq /
Journalist John Pilger and former Asst. Sec. Gen. of the United Nations, Denis Halliday, journey to Iraq to investigate the effects of UN sanctions imposed in 1998. Together, they reveal the shocking realities of everyday life in a country with a decaying infrastructure, presenting evidence that "holds" on humanitarian supplies have paralyzed the country and many are dying from curable diseases because life saving drugs are only available intermittently. He also finds that the breakdown of the clean water system and health facilities are having tragic effects on children, contributing to a rise in their mortality rate. 75 min. 200. Video/C 7632

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Remembering Saddam
As Iraqis emerge from the dark ages of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, the staggering dimensions of his cruel atrocities are becoming known. One million, three hundred thousand Iraqis are still missing and believed murdered through his orders. "Remembering Saddam" is the story of nine Baghdad merchants who incurred the wrath of Saddam in 1995 for allegedly dealing in foreign currency and who were brutally punished. Unlike many others, they survived to tell their story. Produced and directed by Don North. c2004. 55 min. DVD 9460

Revolution, Iraq & Iran.
Explores two divergent trends in recent Middle Eastern history: revolutions that seek to change old ways and force nations into new paths and political directions, as exemplified by Iraq; and revolutions that aim to re-create the past and restore the place of Orthodox Islam in daily life, as exemplified by Iran. 1984. 25 min. Video/C 9918

Saddam's Road to Hell
As Saddam Hussein faces trial for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, filmmaker Gwynne Roberts and a team of human rights investigators attempt to find out what happened to 8,000 Kurdish men and boys who went missing in the early years of Saddam's rule. Frontline/World which aired January 24, 2006. 60 min. DVD 6784

Shāhadāt Irāqīyah 2006
The Oral History on Film Project records in-depth testimonies of the survivors and first-hand witnesses of Ba'thist atrocities, to give voice to the many thousands of victims and survivors of atrocity in Iraq between 1968 and 2003. In 2006, the Foundation continued to conduct in-depth interviews for historical purposes. Originally televised on Iraqi and Arab networks broadcasting throughout the Middle East, this set is the second in a series of annual survivor testimonies published by the Iraq Memory Foundation. In Arabic without English subtitles. 5 DVDs. DVD X5795

Shāhadāt Irāqīyah 2007
The Oral History on Film Project records on film in-depth testimonies of the survivors and first-hand witnesses of Ba'thist atrocities, to give voice to the many thousands of victims and survivors of atrocity in Iraq between 1968 and 2003. In 2007, the Foundation continued to conduct in-depth interviews for historical purposes. Originally televised on Iraqi and Arab networks broadcasting throughout the Middle East, this set is the third in a series of annual survivor testimonies published by the Iraq Memory Foundation. In Arabic without English subtitles. 5 DVDs, 9 hrs., 20 min. DVD X5796

Shāhadāt Irāqīyah 2008
The Oral History on Film Project records on film in-depth testimonies of the survivors and first-hand witnesses of Ba'thist atrocities, to give voice to the many thousands of victims and survivors of atrocity in Iraq between 1968 and 2003. In 2008, the Foundation continued to conduct in-depth interviews for historical purposes. Originally televised on Iraqi and Arab networks broadcasting throughout the Middle East, this set is the fourth in a series of annual survivor testimonies published by the Iraq Memory Foundation. In Arabic without English subtitles. 5 DVDs, 8 hrs, 30 min. DVD X5797

Someone Else's War
In the background of the war in Iraq is an invisible army made up of more than 30,000 low-wage workers (TCNs, Third country nationals) from South and Southeast Asia. Working for a fraction of what American contractors earn in Iraq, these Asian workers do the dirty work on U.S. military bases--cleaning toilets, serving food and driving some of the most dangerous roads in the country. Yet few Americans outside of Iraq have ever seen or heard of these workers. Written, produced and directed by Lee Wang. 2006. Video/C MM1291

The Trial of Saddam Hussein
Looks at the trial of Saddam Hussein and the conflict between Iraq's new political leaders, who wanted the former dictator tried, convicted, and executed as quickly as possible and the American lawyers sent to provide guidance in establishing a lawful judicial system and conducting a fair trial. Includes trial footage, secretly recorded cell-phone videos, and interviews with trial participants. Originally broadcast on PBS as an episode of the television program America at a crossroads on Oct. 12, 2008. 60 min. DVD X1287

Uncle Saddam
A documentary presenting a uniquely intimate view of the personal life of Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein. Includes interviews with Saddam's inner circle, the impact of American sanctions on Iraq, Saddam's extravagant personal lifestyle and his family, including the revenge, betrayals and murders within the clan. 2000. 63 min. Video/C 8113

Gulf War - 1990/1991

The Anti-War Tapes. (The 90's series)
The television series looks at "people, places and ideas from around the world...fast-paced, entertaining, irreverent, funny and thought-provoking reports from the creative edge of the video age". This segment "is about war, what war does to us and what we can do about it." It looks specifically at public opinion about the Gulf War featuring footage inside Iraq, Vietnam Veterans against the War, peace activist Dr. Blaise Bonpane, Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal, Allen Ginsberg and more. Contents: Inside Iraq / by John Alpert and Maryanne DeLeo -- Iraq war essay / by Andrew Jones -- Trident sub demonstration / by Jay April -- Blase Bonpane ; Ernesto Cardinal / by Nancy Cain and Jody Procter -- Ecofeminist / by Eddie Becker -- Rosa Guillen / by Karen Ranucci -- Allen Ginsberg / by John Schwartz -- Dear President Bush / by Herman J. Engle. 60 min. 1991. DVD X1375 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2205

The Arming of Iraq.
Videocassette release of the television program, Frontline, televised on September 11, 1990. Hodding Carter, investigative reporter, investigates the buildup of military forces in Iraq which led to the invasion of Kuwait. 58 min. 1990. Video/C 1773

Bayit (Home)
Tells the story of filmmaker David Ofek's immigrant family, sitting in their sealed room during the Gulf War, watching their former home, Baghdad, on television. In Hebrew with English subtitles. 18 min. 1994. Video/C 6066

Behind the Flag.
A panel of people present what they perceive as alternatives to the resolution of the U.S. problems with Iraq by encouraging diplomatic solutions and suggesting that we resolve our own domestic crises. One segment presents evidence that suggests that our government deliberately exaggerated the Iraqi threat to Saudi Arabia. The panel features Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, the former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, James Akins, and representatives of Greenpeace and Common Agenda Coalition. 20 min. 1991. Video/C 2562

Blood Makes the Grass Grow
This program interviews four men and two women who were among the 2,500 U.S. soldiers who attempted to become conscientious objectors during the Gulf War. c1997. 46 min. Video/C MM917

Desert Storm : A Collection of Speeches .
Contents: George Bush addresses the nation (Jan. 16, 1991) --Richard Cheney and Colin Powell, Pentagon briefing (Jan. 16, 1991) -- George Bush discusses Desert Storm after State of the Union address (Jan. 29, 1991) --Norman Schwarzkopf briefing from Riyad, Saudi Arabia detailing the land operations (March 6, 1991) -- George Bush announces the end of the war (March 6, l991). 1991. Video/C 2283

Desert Storm: The War Begins (CNN Special Reports).
Coverage of the extraordinary leaders and warriors, the history, the diplomatic ploys and battlefield stratagems in the opening chapter of the war in the gulf. 65 min. 1991. Video/C 2182

The Gulf Crises TV Project.
Contents: v. 1. War, oil and power; Operation dissidence-- v. 2. Getting out of the sand trap; Bring our troops home; Bring our troops home . News coverage of opposition to American involvement in the war in Iraq, of the philosophies of the dissenters and actions taken to inform the American public of their opinions. 120 min. 1991. Video/C 2165

Hidden Wars of Desert Storm
The result of a two-year investigation, the film is based on never-before-seen documents and interviews with Desert-Storm Commander General Norman Schwarzkopf, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, former UN Iraq Program Director Denis Halliday, former UNSCOM team-leader Scott Ritter and many others. Written and directed by Audrey Brohy and Gerard Ungerman. 2000. 60 min. DVD 4958

Hide and Seek in Iraq
Explores the role of United Nations inspectors in Iraq after the Gulf War as they investigated, monitored, and destroyed biological, chemical and nuclear weapons in the country. 29 min. 1992. Video/C 2165

The Iraq Campaign 1991: A Television History in Color.
Filmmaker Phil Patiris condenses 750 hours of film into a pastiche of short clips, Desert Storm events, new reports, Superbowl clips, advertisements, the Rodney King beating, and war and science fiction movies to show how American commercialism and sports hype influenced the public attitude toward the Gulf War. The film closes with scenes of President Bush greeting returning men at the Capitol. The film is followed by a radio interview of Patiris. 1992. 20 min. Video/C 5390

Killing Machines.
Discusses the effectiveness of the United States' smart weapons as the nation faced a military confrontation with Iraq. Originally broadcast on the PBS television program Nova. 58 min. 1990. Video/C 2136

Lessons of Darkness (Lektionen in Finsternis)
A stirring documentary of 1992 post-Gulf War Kuwait, focusing on the oil well fires ignited by retreating Iraqi soldiers. What resulted is less a simple documentary about an environmental catastrophe than an apocalyptic vision of hell, a strangely beautiful portrait of a world on fire. Director, Werner Herzog. 1992. 50 min. DVD 6506; DVD 4278

Nowhere to Hide.
On February 2, 1991, during the height of the Allied bombing, Ramsey Clark left Amman, Jordan on a one week investigative journey through Iraq. Through an interpreter, Clark and his cameraman talk to several Iraqi civilians. 28 min. Video/C 1933

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Persian Gulf, Images of a Conflict. ABC News, 1991. Hosted by Peter Jennings.

Prelude to War. The first of four films of a complete history of the conflict in the Persian Gulf. This first segment begins with an introduction to Saddam Hussein in a rare interview conducted by Diane Sawyer, which predated by weeks, the invasion of Kuwait. The program then moves through the invasion, the UN resolutions, the debates in both Houses, the deadlines, the war of words between the United States and Iraq finally culminating in the night of January 16, 1991 when the first bombs fell. 140 min. 1991. Video/C 4620

The Allies Strike. Second of a four part documentary using newsreel footage from U.S. and Iraq television covering the complete history of the conflict in the Persian Gulf. This second segment covers the war day by day as it is initiated in the air and then reaches its climax with the final 100 hours on the ground. Contains newsreels from the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Baghadad, and other areas of the Middle East as well as reactions in the United States and interviews with American troops. The viewer is introduced to weaponry never before utilized in any other war: technology at work in its most devastating form. 149 min. 1991. Video/C 4621

Saddam Hussein vs. The Coalition: Behind the Military Strategies. Third of a four part documentary using newsreel footage from U.S. and Iraq television covering the complete history of the conflict in the Persian Gulf. This third segment analyzes how the Gulf War was fought, planned and implemented, with graphic explanations of strategy. What went on in the minds of those in the Pentagon who planned the operation? What were Saddam's tactics and where did he fail? 55 min. 1991. Video/C 4622

A Conversation with General Schwarzkopf. Last of a four part documentary covering the complete history of the conflict in the Persian Gulf. This fourth segment is an interview with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf by Barbara Walters. Revealed here are the multidimensional sides of a soldier, a father, a son, and an American as he shares his feelings on a wide range of topics from the wars in Vietnam and the Gulf, to memories of his father, his family and his country. Closes with a newsreel tribute to U.S. Gulf War casualties. 49 min. 1991. Video/C 4623

Report from Iraq.
On April 1991, a team of doctors, lawyers and students from Harvard University went to Iraq to assess the destruction and damage brought on by the Persian Gulf War. Among their findings were that the sewage plants in Baghdad were left inoperative, resulting in pollution of the Tigris River, and that an estimated 170,000 children under age 5 will die of malnutrition and disease, due to the devastation of the health care system in Iraq. 22 min. 1991. Video/C 2561

To the Brink of War: A Frontline Special Report, January 15, 1991.
A discussion of the events leading to the war in the Persian Gulf. Video/C 1908

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War Against Iraq Begins: January 16, 1991 (Nightline)
News coverage of the Gulf War and "Desert Storm" with commentary by American military analysts and politicians and reports during the conflict from American war correspondents in Saudi Arabia, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. 52 min. 1991. Video/C 5774

War In The Gulf. (1996)

Desert Storm 1: The Weapons of Desert Shield. The confrontation in the Persian Gulf which resulted from the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait pitted the largest and most hardened Arab Army against a coalition of UN forces led by the United States. In the months between the invasion of Kuwait and final unleashing of Desert Storm, both sides frantically reinforced their positions with troops and equipment. This program looks at the massive arsenals and sophisticated weaponry assembled by the Iraqi and allied armies in this conflict. Contents: Desert shield -- Gulf seapower -- Desert armor -- Desert airpower -- Desert firepower. 54 min. Video/C 7683

Desert Storm 2: The Air Assault. On Jan. 16, 1991 the combined forces of the UN coalition in the Persian Gulf launched a massive air attack against the Iraqi armed forces in Iraq and Kuwait. This program looks at the conduct of that air attack from the pinpoint bombing of the F-111F to the F-15EStrike Eagle and the role of the F-117 Stealth Fighter. Also examines the role played by British and French air forces in the air war. Contents: Air assault -- Air superiority -- Desert strike -- Storm from the sea -- Missile war. 47 min. Video/C 7684

Desert Storm 3: The Ground Assault. On Feb. 24, 1991 the ground forces of the UN multinational force launched a massive ground attack against Iraqi forces in Kuwait. In a rapid three-day drive, coalition forces outflanked and routed the Iraqi army in one of the most lopsided victories in the annals of military conflict. This program examines the weapons and tactics of the Desert Storm ground offensive. Using actual footage previously classified, this program portrays the operation in unprecedented detail. Contents: Tools of war -- Desert arsenal -- The battle for Khafji -- The plan -- The 100 hour war. 47 min. Video/C 7685

Desert Storm 4: Desert Victory. The Gulf War of 1991 ended in an overwhelming victory for the UN sponsored allied coalition forces. This program analyzes the vital military lessons of Operation Desert Storm. Using actual combat footage much of it previously classified, it provides a unique perspective on the strategies and tactics employed during the Gulf War. Contents: Air campaign -- 100 hour war -- Face of war -- Sinews of war. 47 min. Video/C 7686

War in Iraq - 2002/2003

Peace and Conflict Studies

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About Baghdad
In July 2003 Sinan Antoon, an exiled Iraqi writer and poet, returned to Baghdad to see what has become of his city after wars, sanctions, decades of oppression and violence, and now occupation. Antoon takes us on a journey exploring what Iraqis think and feel about the post-war situation and the complex relationship between the US and Iraq. Directed by Sinan Antoon. 2004. 90 min. DVD X4559

Baghdad ER
An unforgettable look at the 86th Combat Support Hospital, which is the premier U.S. Army medical facility in Iraq. Watch as doctors and nurses fight to save lives of wounded soldiers on a frighteningly routine basis. Directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill. 2006. 64 min. DVD 6203

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Bagdad Rap
A documentary narrated to a hip hop rhythm by Spain's leading rap artists, filmed in Iraq a few days before the war in Iraq began in March, 2003. The film doesn't merely seek to tell about the lives of the civil population a few days before the attack, but intends to go further and show the "terrible consequences that the attack has caused to the civilian population, and will continue to cause for generations. Special features: Theatrical trailer ; rappers/recordings sessions. Audio CD: Llora por tus miserias / El Se~nor Rojo -- La palabra como arma / Frank T. -- Mal panorama / Ari [Arianna Puello] -- Vosotros en Irak / Selekta Kolektiboa -- Psicosis / Zenit -- Mienten / Kase.o y Kamel -- Marcha 271005 / Mikel Salas -- Grafittis / Mikel Salas -- Victimas civiles / Mikel Salas -- Saliendo de Bagdad / Mikel Salas -- Llora por tus miserias (Mensaje 2005 remix) / El Se~nor Rojo. Producer/director, Arturo Cisneros. 2005. 75 min. DVD 6144

BattleGround: 21 Days on the Empire's Edge
In late 2003, two filmmakers spent three weeks on the front lines of the simmering guerrilla war in Iraq, gathering intelligence, dodging bullets, and capturing the untold stories of what has become the world's most covered and misunderstood conflict. Special features: Exclusive interview with director Stephen Marshall and producer Anthony Lappe; lost scenes; breakfast at the Al Safeer; trailer; liner notes by Chris Chang of Film Comment. Directed by Stephen Marshall. 2005. 82 min. DVD 5018

Beyond Baghdad
Correspondents Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria take a 5-week trek across Iraq from Kurdish Mosul and Kirkuk in the north, across the Sunni triangle to Baghdad and finally into the Shiite south of Karbala and Najaf, to take a hard look at the prospects for democracy inIraq. Through encounters with Iraqi civilians, sheiks, ayatollahs, politicians, aid workers, soldiers and U.S. authorities, the film reveals what the U.S. is facing. Can democracy work in this diverse and fractured land? Originally broadcast as an episode of the PBS television news program Frontline on Feb. 12, 2004. 60 min. DVD 3609

The Blood of My Brother
Takes the viewer behind the scenes of one Iraqi family's struggle to survive amidst the carnage of the growing Shia insurgency. Nineteen-year-old Ibrahim struggles to provide for his family when his older brother is shot and killed by an American patrol. With scenes of fighting and death on the streets of Baghdad, this documentary is the closest most viewers will ever come to being in Iraq; kneeling in prayer amidst a thousand Muslim worshippers, feeling the roar of low-flying Apaches, riding atop a sixty-ton tank, driving with masked resistance fighters to attack American positions, fleeing the threat of an overwhelming response, the blood in the street, a tank on fire, or the cold, distant stare of a dead Iraqi fighter. Director, Andrew Berends. 2005. 81 min. DVD 6658

Bringing the War Home: On the Road with Eyes Wide Open
This documentary captures the essence of Eyes Wide Open, a traveling exhibition exposing the human cost of the Iraq War. Since January 2005, a simple exhibit of empty boots and shoes with the names of their owners, has been opening eyes and stirring emotions across the country. American Friends Service Committee, c2006. 12 min. DVD 6538

Bush's War
An indepth two-part series that tells the epic story of how the Iraq War began and how it has been fought, both on the ground and deep inside the government. Now, on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, the full saga unfolds as veteran producer Michael Kirk draws on one of the richest archives in broadcast journalism -- more than forty Frontline reports on Iraq and the war on terror. Combined with fresh reporting and new interviews, Bush's War is the definitive documentary analysis of one of the most challenging periods in the nation's history. 12 min. DVD 6538 Part 1 (146 min.): 1. Within hours of the 9/11 attacks -- 2. Preparing the plan of attack -- 3. Cheney's focus: new wartime powers -- 4. The Afghanistan campaign -- 5. Cheney's secret plan for handling detainees -- 6. Iraq is back on the table -- 7. Working in the shadows -- 8. Rumsfeld: hardback infighter -- 9. Rumsfeld takes on the generals and State Dept. -- 10. The drumbeats of war -- 11. Tough new interrogation techniques -- 12. The CIA national intelligence estimate on WMD -- 13. The CIA's flawed intelligence goes public. -- 14. Powell makes the case for war at the U.N. -- 15. The countdown to war. Part 2 (116 min.): 1. The invasion is over in three weeks -- 2. Plans for Postwar Iraq quickly go awry -- 3. L. Paul Bremer takes over -- 4. Bremer's next edict: dissolve the Iraqi army -- 5. No weapons of mass destruction -- 6. Things are getting bad, fast -- 7. Late 2003 - Spring 2004 -- 8. The insurgency rages -- 9. Bush re-elected: Iraqis vote -- 10. 2006: a flickering civil war -- 11. A new Defense Secretary, a new strategy. Written and directed by Michael Kirk. First broadcast as episodes of the television program Frontline on Mar. 24, 2008 & Mar. 25, 2008. 262 min. DVD X380

California First Amendment Coalition annual Assembly Featuring Seymour Hersh
Michael Krasny of KQED-FM interviews The New Yorker writer Seymour Hersh whose stories on the military, intelligence-gathering, and national security have shaped the American political agenda for three decades. Hersh evaluates American foreign policy particularly in Iraq and press coverage and government coverups in the War on Iraq. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on October 8, 2004. 82 min. Video/C MM366

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Campus Forum: Implications of War in Iraq
To initiate a campus dialogue about the Iraq war, a panel of UC Berkeley faculty experts were invited to explore the war's economic, political and regional implications. The event was introduced by Chancellor Robert Berdahl and the panel was moderated by David Leonard, Dean of International and Area Studies. The panelists and their areas of knowledge are Nezar Al Sayyad, Middle Eastern Studies; Thomas G. Barnes, law and history; David D. Caron, law; Laura Nader, anthropology; Steven Weber, political science; and Janet L. Yellen, economics. Each faculty member makes a presentation, followed by an all-panel discussion. The live event took place on April 1, 2003 in Zellerbach Auditorium, UC Berkeley. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Video/C 9527

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The Case Against War in Iraq
The first segment looks at the growing opposition to war in Iraq, the groundswell of dissent and new tactics in the cause of peace. The second segment examines Bush's fight for Republican control of the Congress in the midterm elections, followed by an interview with Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye. NOW with Bill Moyers, October 11, 2002. 60 min. Video/C 9580

The Case for War: In Defense of Freedom
With the debate over the war in Iraq reaching a fever pitch, this program follows one of the advocates for the war against Saddam Hussein. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense, Richard Perle travels the globe articulating, defending and debating the neo-conservative case for an assertive American foreign policy. Originally broadcast as a segment of the PBS series America at a Crossroads on May 1, 2007. 60 min. DVD X1282

Celsius 41.11: The Temperature at Which the Brain Begins to Die
Examines "the truth behind the lies of Fahrenheit 9/11". This film attempts to correct the record when it comes to the left's attacks on President Bush, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the war in Iraq and Kerry's 20-year tenure in the Senate. Directed by Kevin Knoblock. Washington, D.C. : Citizens United, c2004. 71 min. DVD 35078

A Company of Soldiers
Frontline reports from inside the U.S. Army's 8th Cavalry Regiment stationed in Baghdad for an up-close, intimate look at the dangers facing an American military unit in Iraq. Shot in the weeks following the U.S. presidential election, the film tracks the day-to-day challenges facing the 8th Cavalry's Dog Company as it suddenly has to cope with a dramatic increase in attacks by the insurgents. Producer and director, Tom Roberts. Originally broadcast Feb. 26, 2005 on the PBS television program Frontline. 90 min. Video/C MM476

A collaborative producton created by Iraqui and American filmmakers. After a major U.S. led offensive launched in November of 2004, two-thirds of the city of Falluhah was destroyed and thousands of its citizens were forced into refugee camps. In this documentary journalists record the destruction and death inficted by the American assault. Also included are interviews with residents who were forced to live in refugee camps on the outskirts of Fallujah and Baghdad. Iraqi production and direction, Homodi Hasim; US production and direction: Brandon Jourdan and Jacquie Soohen. Dist.: Deep Dish Television. c2004. 29 min. DVD 7345

Falluja April 2004
Fallujah has become a symbol of the resistance movement against the U.S. occupation of Iraq. In April 2004, the U.S. forces invaded Fallujah with several thousand soldiers. Why did Fallujah become a base of the resistance against the occupation? How did the U.S. forces attack? Who fought against them? And what damages and injuries did people suffer? Ten days after the siege of Falluja was lifted, Toshikuni Doi, a Japanese independent journalist, went into Fallujah. His documentary investigates the causes of, the conditions during, and damages from the siege. Producer, director, camera, editor, Toshikuni Doi. 2005. 55 min. DVD 4468

Fahrenheit 9/11
Through actual footage, interviews, and declassified documents, Michael Moore illustrates the connections President Bush has to the royal house of Saud of Saudia Arabia and the bin Laden's, how the president got elected on fraudulent circumstances and then proceeded to blunder through his duties while ignoring warnings of the looming betrayal by his foreign partners. When the treachery hits with the 9/11 attacks, Moore explains how Bush failed to take immediate action to defend the nation. Special features: "The release of 'Fahrenheit 9/11'" featurette; montage: the people of Iraq on the eve of invasion; new scene: Homeland Security, Miami style; outside Abu Ghraib Prison; Eyewitness account from Samara, Iraq; Extended interview with Abdul Henderson; Ella Lipscomb at the Washington, D.C. premiere; Arab-American comediens - their acts and experiences after 9/11; Condoleezza Rice's 9/11 Commission Testimony; Rose Garden press briefing after 9/11 Commission appearance.Written, produced and directed by Michael Moore. 2004.DVD 3011


Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary Feature
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or; FIPRESCI Prize
International Documentary Association Award
National Board of Review, USA - Freedom of Expression Award
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Non-Fiction Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Documentary

Michael Moore web site

Gangs of Iraq
Takes a hard look at the four-year effort by America and its allies to train Iraq's new army and police forces and make them capable of bringing security to the country. Follows U.S. advisory teams working with Iraqi forces during two months in the fall of 2006. Shows the obstacles faced by these U.S. soldiers and the challenges of ending the violence, torture, and murder on the Iraqi streets. Examines the history and events that led to the current sectarian crisis, why the Iraqi elections didn't curb escalating Shia-Sunni sectarianism, and how top Iraqi officials have downplayed or denied the growing sectarian militia forces. Contents: Introduction : powerless to stop the killing -- Standing up the Iraqi Forces : mixed results -- Cultivating a nationalist feeling -- Badr Corps infiltrate Iraqi government -- Shia police vs. Suni [i.e. Sunni] civilians -- Al Qaeda bombing in Samarra -- Iraqi Army better than its police? -- Changing US strategy. Originally broadcast on PBS as an episode of the television program America at a crossroads and as a special Frontline report in 2007. 60 min. DVD X1286

Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
Interviews with perpetrators, witnesses, and victims examining the abuses that occurred in the fall of 2003 at the notorious Iraqi prison. Probes the psychology of how typical American men and women came to commit these atrocious acts. A film by Rory Kennedy. 2007. 78 min. DVD 7798

Gunner Palace
In the world's most dangerous war zone, 400 American soldiers carry out their mission from a bombed-out pleasure palace once owned by Saddam Hussein. Welcome to a place called "Gunner Palace" and experience what life is like for the soldiers who live there. For these war hardened soldiers "minor combat" involves everything from executing raids on suspected terrorists, enduring roadside bombs and mortar attacks from an enemy they never see to post-raid parties around the palace pool. This is their story which shows a side of the war not seen on the nightly news. Directed by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein. 2004. 85 min. DVD 4369

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Gunning for Saddam
As Americans are confronted by acts of bioterrorism, powerful forces in the nation's capitol believe Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is to blame, for this and many other terrorist acts during the last decade. Many are lobbying to mobilize a military operation to oust Hussein when the next phase of the war on terrorism kicks in. This program also looks at Saddam Hussein's taste for revenge during his two decades as Iraq's leader, and at the failure of U.S. policy on Iraq since 1991, including the failure to support uprisings against Saddam in the northern and southern parts of Iraq. 57 min. c2001. Video/C 9571

Has America Failed in Iraq?: War, Torture, and Accountability
A panel discussion on American actions in the war with raq with particular emphasis on abuses and torture of Iraqi prisoners and journalistic lapses, facts that have not been reported or have been reported wrongly to the American people. Has there been a systematic series of abuses and methods that have resulted from orders that were given at very high levels of the American military? Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on October 25, 2004.

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Hostages Inc.
It was supposed to be a new Iraq. American-style free enterprise leading to growth and prosperity. However, a new group of entrepreneurs have emerged and their product? Hostages! Over 170 foreigners have been kidnapped since the U.S. invasion. Taken at gunpoint by Islamic militants some are kidnapped for ransom, others as propaganda tools, offered to the highest bidder to Islamic fundamentalist organizations such as Al- Qaida. Terrorism experts fear that hostages have become very effective marketing tools. This documentary examines the psychology and strategies behind taking people for money and includes harrowing interviews from former hostages. Originally presented as a segment on CBS News Correspondent television program. 2006. 40 min. DVD 5482

How Should We Use Our Power? Iraq and the War on Terror
Debate: How Should We Use Our Power? Iraq and the War on Terror The Goldman Forum on the Press and Foreign Affairs, in conjunction with the J-School, hosts a debate between I.F. Stone Fellow Christopher Hitchens and J-School Professor Mark Danner on the topic of America's role in Iraq. The event is introduced by Paul Gray, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley. It is moderated by Orville Schell Dean, Graduate School of Journalism. The event took place January 28, 2003 at 7:30pm in Zellerbach Auditorium, UC Berkeley. 1 hour, 41 minutes.

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Imperial Grand Strategy: The Conquest of Iraq and the Assault on Democracy.
Imperial Grand Strategy: "Chomsky takes on the war in Iraq cutting through the ideological fog that surrounds the invasion and occupation, laying waste to the U.S. government's justifications for them. In the process, he uncovers the real motivations behind U.S. military aggression: a global imperial plan put in place long before Iraq --and that will extend far into the future, unless we do something about it." The Assault on Freedom and Democracy: Chomsky "moves from broad, geo-political concerns to the sort of authoritarian societies needed "on the ground" for such imperial strategies to work. Discussing the Patriot Acts (1 & 2) at home and a long and disgraceful U.S. history of "democracy-building" abroad, Chomsky highlights the vast difference between noble rhetoric and our consistent military and economic support for dictators and thugs." Questions About Anarchism: Comsky is interviewed by Barry Pateman of the Emma Goldman Papers. "In a more relaxed and personal exchange, Chomsky discusses the anarchist principles that have guided him since he was a teenager and that lie behind the social and political analysis he's been producing for the last four decades." Imperial grand strategy was recorded May 22, 2004 ; The assault on freedom and democracy was recorded December 3, 2003 ; Questions about anarchism was recorded February 17, 2004. 220 min. DVD X2785

The Insurgency
The Iraqi insurgency continues to challenge the most highly trained and best-equipped military in the world. This investigation includes access to insurgent leaders, commanders of Iraqi and U.S. military units, and journalists who have risked their lives to meet insurgent leaders. In addition, the film explores the battle for one Iraqi town and presents testimony from civilians whose families were targets. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline on February 21, 2006. 56 min. DVD 5273

Invasion of Iraq
On the first anniversary of the beginning of the Iraqi War, through interviews with journalists, military analysts and soldiers who actually fought the battles, presents an in-depth followup report on the U.S.-led coalition's March 2003 invasion of Iraq. Through first hand accounts investigates the key strategies, battles, and turning points of the war from both sides of the battlefield. Originally broadcast as an episode of Frontline on Feb. 26, 2004. 120 min. DVD 3611

Iraq, Battle Plan Under Fire.
Originally broadcast as an episode of the television program Nova in 2004. 60 min. each installment.
Battle Plan Under Fire. Evaluates clash of "smart" technology versus desperate terrorism which is causing some experts and government leaders to seriously question America's battle plan, spending strategies, and political policies towards Iraq. Offers a rare first-hand look at the remarkable innovations -- and lethal frustrations -- of the modern battlefield. Produced and directed by C. Scott Willis. 60 min. DVD 8690

Spies that Fly The story of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or remote controlled reconnaissance planes used by the military. The Predator, as well as newer, micro UAVs are changing America's battle plans. From flying spies the size of a CD player to fully armed pilotless jets that roam halfway around the world, get a close look at the revolutionary UAVs from the past 50 years, including the Lightning Bug, Pioneer and Predator. Follow military specialists, scientists, and engineers as they examine some of the revolutionary vehicles currently under development, such as the Global Hawk, a long endurance jet programmed to fly itself from takeoff to landing. Originally broadcast on Nova television in 2003. Produced and directed by Larry Klein. 60 min. DVD 8691

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
Discusses the monetary cost of war and describes the misuse of funds that were intended for Iraq's reconstruction. takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so. Produced and directed by Robert Greenwald. 2006. 90 min. DVD 6286

Iraq: Voices from the Streets
Joins a U.S. congressional delegation that traveled to Iraq in September 2002 to discuss with Iraqi officials the readmission of UN arms inspectors in the hope of averting war. The documentary also features numerous man-in-the-street interviews with Iraqi citizens, commentary from international politicians and peace activists. Offers a rare chance to hear the views of ordinary Iraqi citizens about the United States along with shocking views of the impact of UN sactions and U.S. bombing on the Iraqi economy and the restrictions of the 'Oil-for Food' Program. A film by Saul Landau and Soia Angulo. c2002. 23 min. Video/C 9346

Looking at America from Abroad: A European Media Perspective
A panel discussion by European journalists discussing the future of the Atlantic Alliance and how the war with Iraq is precipitating shifting political alliances and the balance of power worldwide. Also examines how the War in Iraq has been reported by the European media. Moderator: Orville Schell; Panel: Federico Rampini (La Repubblica), Patrick Jarreau (Le Monde), Annette Levy-Willard (Liberation), Anthony Gooch (Great Britain), Godfrey Hodgson (Oxfore Univ.). A Berkeley Webcast event; sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. 2003. 4/3/03 110 min. Video/C 9509

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Michael Nacht: Update on the War on Terrorism and Iraq
On October 3, 2002, Dean Michael Nacht gave an informal and informational talk on the status of the Bush Administration's efforts to wage war with Iraq. Nacht, as well as Dean and Professor of Public Policy, specializes in U.S. national security policy, international affairs and in management strategies for public organizations. 32 minutes, 42 seconds.

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My Country, My Country
Documentary providing an intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. The principal focus is Dr. Riyadh, an Iraqi medical doctor, father of six, and Sunni political candidate who is an outspoken critic of the occupation but passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq. As his waiting room is filled daily with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence, Dr. Riyadh struggles to understand the tragic contradiction of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy through the Middle East. A film by Laura Poitras. 2004. 90 min. DVD 6511

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No End In Sight
An insider's look at the decisions that led to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the handling of the occupation. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officals, as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and prominent analysts. Examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy--the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government and the disbanding of the Iraqi military--largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. Producer/director, Charles Ferguson. 2007. 102 min. DVD 9128


Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary
National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Non-fiction film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Non-fiction film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Documentary
Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Occupation, Dreamland
Follows the members of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, deployed in Falluja, Iraq, during the winter and spring of 2004, leading up to the Battle of Fallujah. An uncensored look at the war on the ground revealing Army life and the complexity of American war in the 21st century. A documentary by Garrett Scott & Ian Olds. 2005. 78 min. DVD 5390

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Off to War: From Rural Arkansas to Iraq
Tracks the citizen soldiers of the Arkansas National Guard from Clarksville and their famiies before, during, and after a deployment to Iraq. Ten episodes of a television series details their lives as they come face to face with the horrors of war. Never before has a unit of soldiers been followed from the beginning to the end of their deployment at war. Produced and directed by Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud. 2005. 452 min. DVD 6453

Opening the Gates of Abu Ghraib
Looks at the political fallout from the torture and humiliation inflicted on Iraqi prisoners of war by U.S. Military personnel in the Abu Ghraib Prison, and responses by President Bush and Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The questions are clear: Who knew what and when and who are the contract employees who have been hired to do much of the guarding and interrogation of Iraqi prisoners? Finally correspondent Jake Tapper revisits a 1971 experiment at Stanford University, which sheds light on what happens to people who are put into positions of power over others. Originally produced for the television program Primetime Live, broadcast on May 5, 2004. 22 min. Video/C MM296

Outside the Wire
A documentary trilogy by independent filmmaker J.D. Johannes. "Go outside the wire" ...as he tells the complex story of the war in Iraq. The interviews with Soldiers and Marines were conducted at the combat outposts where they lived and worked. 'Danger Close' is an up-close, in-depth look at a complex attack by Al Qaida on a small, distant U.S. Army outpost on the edge of the Euphrates river valley. J.D. Johannes was the only reporter to witness the attack and followed the US Army paratroopers into combat --nearly getting himself killed. 'Anbar Awkens' shows the greatest turn-around of the Iraq War --the tribes of Al Anbar province joining with the coalition to fight Al Qaida --from the perspective of the Jumayli tribe. The Jumayli tribe --with no prompting from the Coalition --turned on Al Qaida and engaged in a serious gun-battle with Al Qaida before formally joining with the coalition. 'Baghdad Surge' is a look at the surge from asphalt level. This episode follows a U.S. Army infantry Captain through a 'day-of-the-surge' and the modern three-block-war. Written & narrated by J.D. Johannes ; shot & directed by J.D. Johannes. 2008. 110 min. DVD 9473

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Testifies, May 7, 2004
Presents footage of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumnsfeld as he faces Congressional hearings concerning issues of abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. Military personnel in the Abu Ghraib Prison. There are lots of serious questions. Why hasn't Rumsfeld thoroughly read the report on the abuses at that prison in Iraq? Why is the investigation moving so slowly? Why didn't he inform the President, or Congress, before the now infamous pictures showed up on television to inflame the American public and damage relations with Iraq? Originally produced for the television program Primetime Live, broadcast on May 7, 2004. 22 min. Video/C MM295

Shocking and Awful
Deep Dish TV has collected and produced these programs about the Iraq War and the occupation, which are being distributed to communities all over the United States on Free Speech TV and on community access channels. Each program contains a number of segments with a total of twelve programs (28 min. each) presenting an independent viewpoint of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. [Disc 1] 1. The real face of occupation -- 2. Standing with the women of Iraq -- 3. National insecurities -- 4. The art of resistance. [Disc 2] 5. Dance of death -- 6. Erasing memory, the cultural destruction of Iraq -- 7. Globalization at gunpoint, the economics of occupation -- 8. The world says no to war. [Disc 3] 9. Empire and oil -- 10. Channels of war, the media is the military -- 11. Resistance at home -- 12. Baghdad. c2004. 1 hr. 56 min. each disc. DVD 6916

Tariq Ali: War, Empire, and Resistance
Tariq Ali, editor of the New Left Review and author of "Clash of Fundamentalisms," visits campus as the Sanford S. Elberg Lecturer in International Studies. His talk, "War, Empire, and Resistance," focusses on the current debate over the war in Iraq. The live event took place on May 8, 2003, Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Center. 1 hour, 57 minutes

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The Tenth Planet: A Single Life in Baghdad
Paints a picture of the current situation in post-Saddam Iraq from a young Baghdadi woman's perspective. It is a respite from the media's incessant coverage of the cost of war measured in dollars and body-counts and portrays a more intimate and human side of Baghdad, woven with the joys, fears and hopes of a young woman's everyday life. Directed by Melis Birder. 2004. 39 min. DVD 6979

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Tough Talk About Iraq
A look at President Bush's tough talk on Iraq and how it's playing in the Middle East with interviews with Egyptian talk show host Emad El-din Adeeb and publisher of Harper's Magazine, John MacArthur on the propaganda war. Concludes with an interview with Georgetown University professor Charles Kupchan,author of The End of the American era. NOW with Bill Moyers, January 31, 2003. 60 min. Video/C 9579

Truth, War, and Consequences
Traces the roots of the 2003 Iraqi war with the attempt to look for evidence justifying the war that began with Sept. 11, 2001, when Defense Secretary Rumsfeld ordered a special intelligence operation to look for evidence that would justify war. Intelligence reports became part of a continuing struggle between civilians in the Pentagon and the CIA, State Department and uninformed military. PBS Frontline, 2003. 90 min. DVD 3610

Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War
A documentary taking the viewer behind the walls of government, as CIA, Pentagon and foreign service experts speak out detailing the lies, misstatements and exaggerations that served as the reasons for fighting a "preemptive" war against Iraq that wasn't necessary. Includes interviews with more than 20 experts in opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq. Produced and directed by Robert Greenwald, 2003. 60 min. DVD 2191; vhs Video/C MM1095

The War Tapes
The war tapes is Operation Iraqi Freedom as filmed by Sergeant Steve Pink, Sergeant Zack Bazzi and Specialist Mike Moriarty. Steve is a wisecracking carpenter who aspires to be a writer. Zack is a Lebanese-American university student who loves to travel and is fluent in Arabic. Mike is a father and resolute patriot who rejoined the Army after 9/11. These soldiers captured over 800 hours of footage, providing a glimpse of their lives in the midst of war. The result is a raw portrait of three men -- and their families -- as they face, and struggle to understand, their duty. Directed by Deborah Scranton; produced by Robert May and Steve James. 2006. 97 min. DVD 6613

Arthur, P. "Iraq in No Particular Order." [War documentaries]. Film Comment v. 42 no. 5 (September/October 2006) p. 19-22 UC users only
Boruszkowski, Lilly Ann. "Editing Subject-Filmed Documentary: Steve James and The War Tapes." Journal of Film and Video Volume 63, Number 4, Winter 2011 UC users only
Carruthers, Susan L. "Say Cheese! Operation Iraqi Freedom on Film." Cineaste v. 32 no. 1 (Winter 2006) p. 30-6UC users only

War, the Press and U.S. Power: Diplomacy and Conflict in the Post-9/11 World
Panel host: Orville Schell. A panel discussion with Strobe Talbott, former Deputy Secretary of State and president of the Brookings Institution, professor Mark Danner of the UCB Graduate School or Journalism and professor Peter Tarnoff, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, two days before the beginning of the war on Iraq concerning American foreign policy and the impact and implications of the impending war. A Berkeley Webcast event ; sponsored by the Goldman Forum on the Press and Foreign Affairs and the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, 3/18/03. 93 min. Video/C 9526

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What's Next for Iraq
Report on the commencing war in Iraq followed by interviews with Thomas Carothers, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Iraqi dissident Kanan Makiya; historian Simon Schama and Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute, an international organization dedicated to inquiry on issues of global concern. NOW with Bill Moyers, March 17, 2003. 60 min. Video/C 9578

WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception
There were two wars going on in Iraq, one was fought with armies of soldiers, bombs and a fearsome military force. The other was fought alongside it with cameras, satellites, armies of journalists and propaganda techniques. One war was rationalized as an effort to find and remove WMDs, Weapons of Mass Destruction; the other was carried out by even more powerful WMDs, Weapons of Mass Deception. Based on the book, Embedded-- weapons of mass deception: how the media failed to cover the war in Iraq by Danny Schechter. 2004. 98 min. DVD 3844


9 Star Hotel (U-ti-l tis nuju-m)
This unflinching documentary takes a look at some of the many Palestinians who illegally cross the border into Israel looking for work, and how they share their food, belongings, and stories, as well as a fear of the soldiers and police. Director, Ido Haar. 2006. 78 min. DVD X4881

119 Bullets + Three.
The November 4, 1995 assassination of Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin riveted the world's attention on the conflict between Israel's religious and secular Jews over the essence of Zionism and the future of Israel's cultural and political identity. Will the nation be torn apart by zealots? Two filmakers journey from Tel Aviv to Hebron, where the model of a second Israel already exists, interviewing jews, some of them fanatic religious idealists, concerning the incendiary issues that will determine the future of Israel...and the Middle East. 1995. 61 min. Video/C 4624

Al Nakba: the Palestinian Catastrophe
A documentary that tackles the tragic events surrounding the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem. It tells how and why 750,000 Palestinian Arabs became refugees by the end of the first Arab-Israeli War of 1948. Arab and Israeli eye witnesses together with Professor Benny Morris of Ben-Gurion University, describe what happened rather than what successive generations of Israeli and Arab propagandists have said happened. 1997. 56 min. Video/C 7300

[Aljafari, Kamal] The films of Kamal Aljafari
Contents: Port of memory (2009, 62 min.) -- The Roof (2006, 61 min.) -- Balconies (2009, 11 min.) -- Visit Iraq (2006, 26 min.). The haunting films of Kamal Aljafari mix documentary, fiction and personal memoir to render complex portraits of the Palestinian communities in Ramleh and Jaffa, now part of Israel. While providing a rare look at the everyday lives of Palestinian Israelis, the films are more than simply sociopolitical treatises of often-overlooked communities and neighborhoods in danger of dissolving. Aljafari instead astutely balances fiction and nonfiction to capture the fragile rhythms of lives lived in a kind of permanent displacement and the strange limbo of neighborhoods subtly yet inexorably transforming. Port of Memory : The history of the town of Jaffa, a thriving port city now part of Tel Aviv, provides the background for Aljafari's most recent film, centering on his mother's family at risk of eviction if they can't find proof that the house they have lived in for decades belongs to them. Their predicament is rendered with Aljafari's usual subtlety, as well as deadpan humor and dark wit. This skeletal narrative provides the scaffolding for a portrait of life in what was once a bustling neighborhood that was nearly emptied by fighting during the establishment of the state of Israel, and then suffered decades of official neglect. The Roof : This deceptively quiet film presents a portrait of Aljafari's family in Ramleh and Jaffa that hovers between documentary and cinematic memoir, guided by a nimble camera moving calmly but ceaselessly around the rooms of homes inhabited, damaged and ruined. The title refers to the roof missing from the house where Aljafari's family resettled in 1948, a home unfinished, an incomplete construction project. Balconies : An experimental meditation focusing on the deteriorating and unfinished balconies in Palestine. Visit Iraq : A humorous look at how Geneva residents imagine and project clichés on the recently abandoned office of Iraqi Airlines. 159 min. DVD X5823

Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land.
Based on the book of the same title by David K. Shipler. Examines the critical tension between Arabs and Jews living within lands under jurisdiction of the Israeli state including the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and explores their prejudices, stereotypes, and interactions. 118 min. 1989?. Video/C 1408

Arena of Murder
Amos Gitai investigates the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin three weeks after the event. He travels through the country for several months, filming random encounters to paint a melancholic portrait of a country in turmoil. Field Diary (Yoman sadeh)Field Diary: Shot in the occupied territories before and during the Isaraeli invasion of Lebanon, the film consists of about 50 sequence shots, mostly filmed from a moving car. Like an endless traveling shot, the film weaves hypnotically through occupied zones, occasionally slowing down or pausing to underscore a moment. The film's view of the occupation was controversial in Israel, leading to Gitai's decade-long exile from his native country. Videodisc release of films produced in 1982 (1st work) and 1996 (2nd work). 163 min. Directed by Amos Gitai. DVD 5086

Arna's Children
Arna Mer Khamis spent her life campaigning for human rights. In the Jenin refugee camp, Arna opened a theater where she taught children to express themselves through art. When Arna died of cancer in 1995, the theater ultimately did not survive. Five years later her son, Juliano, returns to discover what happened to "Arna's children." Filmed mainly in the Jenin refugee camp. Written and directed by Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel Danniel. 2006. 84 min. DVD X633

At the Green Line
Since 2002, the "Courage to Refuse" movement has been growing steadily within the Israeli Defense Force, based on the conviction that "the commands issued to us in the Occupied Territories destroy all the values we were raised upon," an action that some could consider treason. This film is an exploration of peoples' attempts to break free from an endless cycle of violence and to reconcile individual conscience with responsibility and love for one's country. Directed by Jesse Atlas. 2005. 53 min. DVD 4587

Without narration, this film documents the pioneering labors of early Jewish settlers in Palestine in the 1930s as they build a new homeland. The film records the technological and agricultural accomplishments of the pioneers and extols the idea of a socialist Jewish state. Footage includes shots taken at the Jaffa port and on various kibbutzes of the time. Director Lerski's expressive style creates an almost mythic image of the Jew in Palestine, toiling and triumphing amidst the sweeping desert landscape. 1935. 50 min. Video/C 7320

Barak, Ehud: Peacemaking: Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak delivers an address on "Peacemaking: Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace". Israel's 10th Prime Minister offers an insider's perspective on the past, current, and future efforts to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The live event took place at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 19 at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall.

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The Bombing
On September 4, 1997, three Palestinian terrorists blew themselves up on Ben Yahuda Street in crowded central Jerusalem. Among the victims were three Israeli teenage girls. The film documents the aftermath of the attack with interviews with the mothers, fathers and siblings of the bombers and their victims. The parents of attackers and victims met, despite the ongoing conflict, to commiserate and from the depth of their sorrow... comes an irrefutable will to make peace and forgive. S film by Simone Bitton. 1999. 59 min. Video/C 7896

A Brief History of Israel & The Arab/ Palestinian Conflict.
An unbiased view of the major political turning points in the history of Israel, from antiquity to the present day. Film examines the roots and development of Israel's conflict with the Arabs and the Palestinians and the claim of two peoples to one piece of land and the origins of that claim. Text accompanies. 1992. 30 min. Video/C 2820

The amazing account of one family's leadership of a movement to prevent Israel's Separation Barrier from slicing the Palestinian village of Budrus in half. They not only save the village, but the Barrier is pushed back behind the Green Line into No Man's Land. In the process, they unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. An action-filled documentary featuring archival footage of this movement from its infancy. Written and directed by Julia Bacha. 2009. 82 min. DVD X6843


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San Francisco International Film Festival - Audience Award
Silverdocs Documentary Festival - Witness Award

Charting his own course through Israeli history, filmmaker Amos Gitai (who is only two years younger than Israel) becomes a living symbol for the country itself. This biography visits him as a child of the kibbutz, a young soldier wounded during the Yom Kippur War, a sometimes testy but always honest artist whose works are more often welcomed abroad than at home - Gitai has led a life as dense, rich, and complex as the nation of his birth. 2010. 93 min. DVD X6670

Chatila, Beirut 2001
Examines living conditions in the Chatila Refugee Camp for Palestinian Arabs in the suburbs of Beirut as seen through the eyes of the children. The film also explores themes such as the experience of exile and Palestinian national identity in the diaspora; the cult of martyrdom; and the role that media coverage of the intifada has played in politicizing youth in the camp. Filmed and edited by Diana Allan. c2002. 44 min. Video/C MM114

Checkpoint: The Palestinians After Oslo.
Personal view into the lives of the children of the Palestinian uprising, as seen through their eyes. 1997. 50 min. Video/C 5183

Children of Fire.
Explores events after the 1993 Oslo Peace Accord, the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Rabin, Palestinian takeover of West Bank towns, the first Palestinian elections, suicide bus bombings, Arafat's abuse of power, and the growing frustration among Palestinians. Palestinians and Israelis speak of the contest over Jerusalem, Israeli settlement expansion, forgotten refugees, and their visions of a just peace. 1997. 58 min. Video/C 3630

Children of the Sun.
Conceived as a utopian refuge, kibbutz were collective communities in which children were raised to become the new face of the Jewish people. In the kibbutz, children were offered only limited contact with their parents; completely oblivious to the bold experiment in which they were the primary test subjects. They were cared for by nannies, and slept together in a separate cottage designed specifically for them. As a result the children became their own family, a new breed that placed little value on material possessions while immersing themselves in physical labor and strict ideology. Director, Ran Tal. 2007. 70 min. Video/C X6802

Chronicles of a Refugee
A documentary series that looks at the Palestinian refugee experience, in its global context, over the last 60 years...Filmed in 17 countries, 18 refugee camps, 36 cities, with more than 300 interviews, Chronicles of a Refugee gives voice to Palestinian refugees displaced in 1948, as well as to their descendants. Episode 1, the Nakba Dailies, tells the stories of those who were born and raised in Palestine. In episode 2, Palestinian refugees living through out the world tell their stories of other expulsions they have lived through. Episode 3 looks at the primary experiences of Palestinian refugees: discrimination, whether legal, political, economic, or social. Episode 4 looks at questions around identity formation for new generations of Palestinian refugees--the impact of camps, of citizenship, and of living in the diaspora. Episode 5 focuses on the right of return, but not U.N. resolutions, international law, or how we have this right; the questions are about what do we want, how do we get it, how individuals and communities have organized. Episode 6 deals with leadership and representation: What is the relationship between the represented and our representatives? ([Disc 1]. [Series introduction] (10 min.) ; Episode 1: The Nakba dailies (79 min.) ; Episode 2: The daily Nakbas (89 min.) -- [disc 2]. Episode 3: Homeland without identity (79 min.) ; Episode 4: Identity without a homeland (78 min.) -- [disc 3]. Episode 5: The talk of return (78 min.) ; Episode 6: The return of talk (84 min.)) Produced and directed by Perla Issa, Aseel Mansour, Adam Shapiro. 2008. DVD X1343

Close, Closed, Closure.
A portrait of life in and around the Gaza Strip 35 years after it was occupied by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967. Comments from Palestinians inside Gaza are interspersed with confrontations on the other side of the border between Israeli settlers and peace activists, who are willing to give up the occupied territories as part of a peace treaty. The film also considers the role of filmmaking in shaping perceptions of the conflict. 2002. 53 min. Video/C MM59

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The Color of Olives
A contemplative look at the lives of the Amers, a Palestinian family living in the West Bank who live surrounded by the Israeli West Bank Barrier. Constructed with a combination of verité scenes and re-enactments. Directed by Carolina Rivas. 2006. 97 min. DVD X1957

Daughters of Allah.
Through interviews with Palestinian women, including militant but heavily veiled female activists, a peasant who wants schooling for her daughter, university students of diverging opinions, and two runaways who found the pressure to conform unbearable, the range of Islamic feminism is presented in its social, political, and religious context. 50 min. 1998? Video/C 6529

Davidoff Newsreel
A newsreel segment depicting the first voyage of a Polish ocean liner with Jewish immigrants to Palestine in 1934. The film contains footage of the departure from the Black Sea port of Constanta, the passengers enjoying the voyage, the recitation of Yom Kippur prayers on deck and an extended cantorial performance. Other images include passengers dancing the hora, singing Zionist songs, and the impressive urban vistas of Haifa and Tel-Aviv which greeted the visitors upon their arrival. 10 min. Video/C 7319

Deadly Currents.
A documentary about the history of the conflict between Jews and Arabs over the lands of the Middle East, focusing on the intifadah-- the Palestinian civil uprising that began on the occupied West Bank in the late 1980s. The film shows the conflict from both sides, giving voice to the full spectrum of opinion: Arabs and Jews, doves and militants, rational academics and bloodied combatants. The film's attempt to give meaningful form to violence and confusion is mirrored in interspersed performances by dancers, theater groups, protest singers, and a remarkable street-performer. 114 min. 1997. Video/C 6469

The Deadly Game of Nations.
From the series, War. Explores reasons why national governments feel compelled to keep armies and to fight wars. Israeli and Palestinian struggles are used as a focus. 30 min. 1983. Video/C 843

Death in Gaza
This poignant and powerful documentary takes a shocking, first-hand look at the culture of hate that permeates the West Bank and Gaza, which continues to escalate the perennial violence pitting Palestinians against Israelis. Filmmaker James Miller follows reporter Saira Shah as she attempts to unravel the cycle of violence in a world where the greatest glory is to die a martyr. The film ends in May of 2003, on a day like many others -- with death -- but on this day the victim is the filmmaker James Miller, who is shot dead by an Israeli solder in the Gaza Strip. 2006. 77 min. DVD 5181

The Dream of My People (with Joseph Rosenblatt Bringing Present Day Palestine Before Your Eyes)
A An early travelogue on Palestine, focusing on Jews living and working in the Holy Land. Locations featured include Jerusalem sites, the Judean Hills, Mikve Israel Agricultural School, pioneers working in the fields; Rishon le Zion, Rehovot, Nes Ziona, citrus picking and packing, Jezreel Valley and settlements, Tiberias and Lak Kinneret, Bedouin dwellings, Tel Aviv and Jaffa beach and street scenes and the Maccabiah Stadium. 1934. 66 min. Video/C 7318

Dreamers and Builders
A compilation from silent films of the 1920s originally produced, photographed and directed by Ya'akov Ben Dov. This documentary traces the history of Zionism and the movement to create a national homeland for the Jewish people focusing on the work of the early filmmaker Yaakov Ben Dov. Landmark events in the creation of the state of Israel are highlighted, such as the first waves of Jewish immigrants to Palestine, the Zionist Congress in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland, the Balfour Declaration, and the early agricultural, economic and political development of the country. Based on three films - Return to Zion, Rebirth of a New Palestine, Romance of Palestine. 60 min. Video/C 7295

Edward Said: Memory, Inequality and Power: Palestine and the Universality of Human Rights
This lecture was held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 19, in Zellerbach Auditorium. 1 hr. 39 min.

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Encounter Point
Created by a Palestinian, Israeli, North and South American team, this documentary tells the story of an Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who risk their safety and public standing to press for an end to the conflict. They are at the vanguard of a movement to push Palestinian and Israeli societies to a tipping point, forging a new consensus for nonviolence and peace. Perhaps years from now, their actions will be recognized as a catalyst for constructive change in the region. Special features: "On the road", global premier audience reactions (12 min.) ; "The story continues" additional and extended scenes (41 min.) ; optional filmmaker commentary ; optional film subject commentary in Hebrew ; optional film subject commentary in Arabic ; theatrical trailer (3 min.) ; extended trailer (4 min.). Directed by Ronit Avni; co-directed by Julia Bacha. 2007. 85 min. DVD X5405

Field Diary (Yoman sadeh)
Field Diary: Shot in the occupied territories before and during the Isaraeli invasion of Lebanon, the film consists of about 50 sequence shots, mostly filmed from a moving car. Like an endless traveling shot, the film weaves hypnotically through occupied zones, occasionally slowing down or pausing to underscore a moment. The film's view of the occupation was controversial in Israel, leading to Gitai's decade-long exile from his native country. Arena of Murder: Gitai investigates the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin three weeks after the event. He travels through the country for several months, filming random encounters to paint a melancholic portrait of a country in turmoil. Videodisc release of films produced in 1982 (1st work) and 1996 (2nd work). 163 min. Directed by Amos Gitai. DVD 5086

Film Class
Filmmaker Uri Rosenwaks traveled to Rahat, a Bedouin town in Israel's Negev Desert, to teach a group of Afro-Bedouin women how to make films. Over the course of eighteen months the group began to explore its own history, i.e., as descendents of Africans kidnapped and sold as slaves to white Bedouins, and remaining enslaved until about 50 years ago. This documentary is the result of their investigations. c2006. 56 min. DVD 8977

The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs.
Terrorists, generals and statesmen from Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Sudan and U.S. Presidents and officials of the former Soviet Union tell the story of the 50 year Arab-Isreli Conflict. Opening with the U.S. decision to partition Palestine in 1947, the program charts the ensuing half-century of enmity, warfare, mediation and negotiation. Episode 1 covers Israel's struggle for statehood, including the victories against Arab armies in 1948 and 1967. The concluding program features a history of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the Camp David peace accord in 1978, the start of the Palestinian "Intifada" uprising in 1987, the Oslo agreement in 1993 and current attempts to consolidate a shaky reconciliation. Filmed in Israel, the Palestinian autonomous areas, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the U.S., and Russia. 300 min. [2 videocassettes]. 1999. Video/C 6121

The Five Houses of Lea Goldberg
A prolific Hebrew poet, author, playwright, literary translator and researcher of literature Lea Goldberg's writings are considered classics of Israeli literature. She died 41 years ago, but even today, Lea Goldberg is still an enigmatic figure - she is Israel's most beloved poet, a powerful woman, who lived with her mother and never married, a woman who invented herself from the ashes of WW1 though her magical poetry. The film is a cinematic fantasy in five acts, using animation, after affects, archives, still photos, original music and interviews that celebrate together the fascinating story of Lea Goldberg. Directed by Yair Qedar. 2011. 52 min. DVD X6117

Forget Baghdad.
Looks at a community of people known as "Sephardis," "Mizrahim," or "Arab Jews:" people of Jewish religion and Arab culture, who have long found themselves caught between warring world-views. Uprooted virtually overnight at the founding of the modern Israeli state, many Sephardis lost first their homeland and then, with the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, their very cultural identity. A documentary film by Samir. Special DVD features: Introduction to the film (in English, French or German, 29 min.); participant bios (in English); participant interviews (with same language options as the film).2002. 112 min. DVD X3147; Video/C MM413

Tsoffar, Ruth. "Forget Baghdad: Roundtrip to the Promised Land." Anthropological Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 1, pp. 133-43, Winter 2006 UC users only

Frontiers of Dreams and Fears
Shows the friendship that evolves between two Palestinian girls, Mona, a resident of a Beirut refugee camp, and Manar, who lives under Israeli control in Bethlehem's Al-Dheisha camp. After corresponding through letters the girls finally meet at the border during the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon and are impacted when the intifada erupts around them. Produced and directed by Mai Masri. c2001. 56 min. Video/C 9734

Gaza Stip, Spring 2001
American filmmaker James Longley follows a range of Palestinian Arabs living in the Gaza Strip and events following the election of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, including the first major armed incursion by the Israeli Army (IDF) forces. Filmed almost entirely in the verite style without narration and with little explanation, this documentary focuses on ordinary Palestinians rather than politicians presenting a rare look inside the stark realities of Palestinian life and death under Israeli military occupation. 2002. 74 min. DVD 2686; also on VHS Video/C 8833

Gaza Under Siege (City Life; 10)
The Gaza Strip is home to a million Palestinians, most of whom are refugees whose parents and grandparents went there in 1948 after Israel moved in. In this program, we meet Reyidh and Sabah, members of one refugee family trying to cope. This program also examines why the United Nations fails to criticize Israel's aggression and denies Palestinian statehood. 2001. 30 min. Video/C 8938

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Gaza, West Bank: Inside Hamas
Reporter Kate Seelye travels across the occupied Palestinian territories to get inside the mindset of Hamas. In a journey across Gaza and the West Bank, Seelye, a veteran Mideast reporter, gains special access to Hamas, talking with jailed leaders, party strategists, and militant hard liners to uncover how this Islamist party rose to power and whether it will restrain its terrorist wing. Originally aired on PBS May 9, 2006. 60 min. DVD 5916

Hatikvah (The Hope: This Being a Report of What had Happened During the 1930s in Palestine)
Created in 1936 in an effort to inspire German Jews to emigrate to Palestine, this documentary focuses on major personalities of the Zionist movement, the constructive work carried out in Palestine by the first waves of immigration, and the religious life of Jews from diverse backgrounds. Originally released in 1936; re-edited for the 1993 48 min. Video/C 7317

Heritage: Civilization and the Jews
(For information on episodes 4-9 of this series, SEE MRC's Jewish Studies videography)

Episode 1, A People is Born (3500 B.C. to 6th Century B. C.).
Focuses on Jewish and Near East-ern life and culture from prehistory down to the sixth century B.C. Discusses the Exodus, the birth of Israel, and the Babylonian exile. 63 min. Video/C 701:1 pt. 1

Episode 2, Power of the Word (6th century B.C. to 2nd Century B.C.).
Explores Jewish culture and civilization from the sixth to the second century B.C. Chronicles the emergence of a Jewish identity based on ideas, not territory, and the intellectual interaction between the Jewish world and classical Greece and Rome. 60 min. 1984. Video/C 701:2 Pt. 2

Episode 3, The Shaping of Traditions (1st to 9th Centuries).
Explores Jewish culture and civilization from the first to the ninth centuries. Explores the rise of Christianity and Islam and the development of new trends within the Jewish world. Discusses the shift of Jewish life from the Near East to the European continent. 60 min. 1984. Video/C 701:3 Pt. 3

Historic Israel Films
Film and newsreel collection spanning 1933-1957 on Israel. Includes coverage of the Israeli-Egyptian War, early footage of Palestinian refugee camps, Israel in the 1930s, and Israeli life and culture. Contents: Five newsreels (1955-1957, 5 min.) -- Amateur footage (1933, 16 min.) -- Labor of thy hands / Hadassah presents ; screenplay, Mina Brownstone ; producer, Hazel Greenwald (1950s , 14 min.) -- Sands of sorrow / director, Theodore A. Morde ; producer, Council for Relief of Palestine Arab Refugees ; narrator, John S. Martin (1950, 28 min.) Five newsreels: Includes footage of Israel's war and entry into Egypt, as well as a Tel Aviv protest. Amateur footage: Rare film footage of Israel from the early 1930s, full of street scenes and landmarks, including the Wailing Wall. Labor of thy hands : Sponsored by an American Zionist women's organization, this film aims to build support for Israel among Americans by showing similarities between the two countries. Sands of sorrow: Produced by The Council for Relief of Palestinian Arab Refugees, an American organization, this film shows the conditions of Palestinians living in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip around 1950. DVD X56

The Holy Land
One of the most important aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has been overlooked is the plight of Christians in the Holy Land. Christians in the Palestinian territories have dropped from 15 percent of the Arab population in 1950 to just two percent today. This Christian exodus is a result of many factors, including the fighting between Israelis and Palestinians, but perhaps most significantly, the religious persecution these Christians encounter from their Muslim neighbors. Produced and directed by Pierre Rehov. 200-? 60 min. DVD 3290

Homeland: Israel and Palestine.
Probes the coninuing Arab-Israeli struggle by presenting two opposing viewpoints by Professors Gabriel Weimann and Muhammad Muslih on the problem which results when both Jews and Palestinian Arabs claim the same territory as their homeland. 1984. 25 min. DVD 7236 [preservation copy]; Video/C 9957

House [A House in Jerusalem](Une Maison `a Jerusalem
Two thematically linked films, House and A House in Jerusalem explore the history of a house in the city's German Colony and the changes in ownership it has undergone as a microcosm for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Produced yet censored by Israel Broadcasting Authority, the first film House (Bayit) (1980) chronicles the inhabitants of the house, abandoned during the 1948 war by a Palestinian doctor and requisitioned by the Israeli government as "vacant." Eighteen years later, Gitai returns in A House in Jerusalem (1998) to observe the changes in the new residents as well as in the neighborhood. Written and directed by Amos Gitai 148 min. DVD 5085

Human Weapon
Examines the history of suicide bombing and strives to understand how its introduction has unleased a different kind of warfare in conflicts around the world, looking in particular at the phenomenon in Iran, Sri Lanka, Israel, and Lebanon. Includes interviews with victims and government officials as well as with militants whose organizations use suicide bombing as part of their strategy. c2002 57 min. DVD X3423; Video/C 9242

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I Was There in Color
Presents historic footage of the birth of Israel shot by Fred Monosson, a Jewish-American businessman from Brookline Boston who died in 1972 leaving in his basement reams of 16 mm film. Until this discovery the history of Israel was only captured in black and white. Now, for the first time Israel's history is told in color. Monosson not only captured the dramatic events with his camera but was also secretly involved in the struggle to establish the young State of Israel. Director, Avishai Kfir. Dist.: Ruth Diskin Films. 55 min. DVD X6702

Ici et Ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere).
Initially begun as a documentary by Jean-Luc Godard portraying a sympathetic view of Palestinian revolutionaries, this film was ultimately transformed into a filmed essay addressing the relationship between politics and image and the problems of documentary filmmaking. After the filmmakers returned to France, a massacre by Hussein's troops killed most of the film subjects. At this point Godard joined the production and produced a film presenting the parallel lives of two families -- one French, one Palestinian -- with the film questioning the images and suggesting that documentaries present a false, constructed vision of reality. 1970. 55 min. Video/C 6879

In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II.
Personal reminiscences by veterans of the Jewish Brigade, a regiment of the British Army during World War II composed of Jewish men. Includes extensive historical footage of their activities and campaigns during World War II. 1998. 84 min. Video/C 5424

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In Whose Interest?
Filmmaker David Kaplowitz leads an eyeopening journey, questioning the effects of U.S. foreign policy over the past 50 years. Revealing a pattern of intervention, the film focuses on U.S. intervention in Guatemala, Vietnam, East Timor, El Salvador and Palestine/Israel. Archival footage, photographs and media coverage are interwoven with personal eye-witness accounts and commentary from academics, religious leaders and politicians. 2002. 28 mins. Video/C 9833

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Introduction to the End of an Argument
Muqaddimah Li-Nihayat Jidat. Combining news soundbytes, movie clips and documentary footage shot in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the filmmakers critique Western-based representations of Arab culture. The artists cleverly mimic the Western media tableau in an exhilarating mix of fragmented stereotypes from mainstream movies to prime-time news. 41 min. 1994. Video/C 3627

Fouad, Khater, Akram. "Introduction to the End of an Argument." The American Historical Review. Oct 1994. Vol. 99, Iss. 4; p. 1262 (3 pages) UC users only

Israel's Shattered Dreams
The country of Israel was originally formed to be a utopian haven in the desert, where the hopes and dreams of the Jews would flower. Instead, more than 20 years of occupation and expansion have imposed a stark reality on the soul of Israel. 173 min. 1990 Video/C 2349

Jerusalem: Between Heaven and Earth.
A three part exploration of the history, religion and politics of Jerusalem as seen through the eyes of residents of Jerusalem, adherents of the three major faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 1996.

Part 1, City of History. Presents an in-depth look at Jerusalem's turbulent history as seen through the eyes of academics as well as native denizens. 52 min. Video/C 7969

Part 2, City of Religion. The importance of Jerusalem to the world's three major faiths is closely examined through interviews and visits to Jerusalem's holiest sites. 52 min. Video/C 7970

Part 3, City of Peace. The hopes and dreams of Jerusalem's inhabitants are examined in the post-"intifada" era. 52 min. Video/C 7971

Jenin Freedom Theatre Today
The original children's theater, founded in 1996 by Arna Mer Khamis as her response to occupation, was destroyed by the Israeli Army in 2002. The theater and its destruction were documented by Arna's son, Juliano Mer Khamis, in his award winning film Arna's Children. That theater has now been reconstituted and renamed The Freedom Theatre, with Juliano Mer Khamis as artistic director and with the full support of the camp's community. Here the children are encouraged to find creative outlets for their emotions and to find their own forms of resistance through art. 2007. 13 min. DVD X664

Jenin Jenin.
This film includes testimony from Jenin residents after the Israeli army's Defensive Wall operation, during which the city and camp were the scenes of fierce fighting. The operation ended with Jenin flattened and scores of Palestinians dead. Palestinians as well as numerous human rights groups accused Israel of committing war crimes in the April 2002 attack on the refugee camp. Jenin Jenin shows the extent to which the prolonged oppression and terror has affected the state of mind of the Palestinian inhabitants of Jenin. Directed by Mohamed Bakri. 2002. 54 min. DVD 6887

Journey to the Occupied Lands.
A Frontline special that examines the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza through a personal journey that explores the bitter and complex issues of land ownership, the scope and future of the Israeli settlements, the realities of Israeli military justice, and daily life under Israeli occupation. 86 min. 1993. Video/C 3067

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The killing Zone
In this report for Britain's Channel 4, reporter Sandra Jordan and producer Rodrigo Vasquez face gunfire and tear gas within hours of arriving at a memorial service for Rachel Corrie, the peace activist crushed by an army bulldozer two days before. That sets the scene for the next five weeks during which they also document the wounding of British peace activist Tom Hurndall, the death of award winning cameraman James Miller, shot as he filmed Israeli troops bulldozing Palestinian homes, and the killing and maiming of civilian residents of Gaza. The Dispatches team reveal what life is really like in a war zone. Directed by Rodrigo Vazquez. Broadcast on 23 June 2003 on ABC-TV program Four corners. 49 min. DVD X6895

Live, from Bethlehem
The Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency (MNA) emerged out of the ashes of the second Intifada to become the only independent news network in the Palestinian Territories and an increasingly prominent and influential journalistic force in the wider Middle East. This documentary tells MNA's remarkable story, revealing the agency's struggles and successes through the eyes of the station's reporters, producers, and photographers and how they have attempted to embrace objectivity and declared independence from hate-filled propaganda. Produced and directed by Matt Sienkiewicz and Joseph C. Sousa c2009. 37 min. DVD X2115

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The Long Way Home.
Discusses the critical post World War II period between 1945 and 1948 and the plight of the tens of thousands of Jewish refugees who survived the Holocaust. The documentary looks at their attempts to get to the Jewish homeland (often illegally) and the formation of a Jewish state, Israel. Combining rare archival film and stills with new interviews, this film interweaves historical narrative with stories, anecdotes and recollections of Jewish refugees. 1997. 120 min. Video/C 4954

[Meir, Golda] Golda Meir[Sound Recording]
Golda Meir discusses the meaning of Israel to its own Jewish citizens and to Jews who are citizens of other countries, and the responsibility of the Jewish nation to the world at large. She also comments on the status of Jews in the USSR and in Arab countries, and describes the importance of Israel to persecuted Jews everywhere. 1973? 14 min. Sound/C 1652

Mekudeshet: Sentenced to Marriage
This shocking documentary exposes the Kafkaesque process of divorce for women in Israel where secular law does not exist, and divorce is dealt with according to archaic and fundamentalist orthodox Jewish law. Follows the stuggles of three young women doing all that is possible to obtain a divorce from the Rabbinical Courts, which hold that the husband must grant the divorce willingly. They are aided by a group of female orthodox rabbinical advocates. Director, Anat Zuria. c2004. 65 min. Video/C MM459

Middle East (Human Rights in the Occupied Territories)
First segment: Examines human rights violations as the transition to Palestinian self-rule takes hold in the Israeli-occupied territories. Includes an interview with Hanan Ashrawi, one time Palestinian peace negotiator and head of a Palestinian group. Second segment: Allen Ginsberg reads his newest poem, Peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Third segment: Presents a music video produced by Yothu Yindi, an aboriginal band of musicians from Australia. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 21, 1994. Video/C 6710

Milim (Israel, 1996)
Directed by Amos Gitai. Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Samuel Fuller (narrator), Enrico Lo Verso, Macha Itkina, Shuli Rand Haunting and deeply personal, this stylized film reflects director Amos Gitai's feelings and response to the 1995 assassination of Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin. Essentially a series of images shot from a moving vehicle in key Israeli and Polish cities, with a focus on the death place of Prime Minister Rabin, the film is narrated by several notable personalities reading passages from the writings of Josephus Flavius, a Jewish commander who lead the Israeli Jews in a desperate bid to keep the Romans out of their holy land in 73 A.D. 87 min. DVD X2099
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Minds in Black (Mielet mustissa)
This film examines the conflicts in Israeli society between the different Jewish factions in the 50-year old state. The schism between the extreme orthodox and the rest of the population, from conservative to secular, poses as great a threat to the State of Israel as outside forces. Reformist and conservative rabbis express frustration at the narrow definition of Judaism and wish for pluralism so that there is more choice in the complex Israeli society. 1998. 44 min. Video/C 6528

Monastery of Mount Sinai: Where God Walked on Earth
A visit to the Greek Orthodox monastery on Mt. Sinai, the oldest surviving monastery in the world. 53 min. 1985. Video/C 6046

My Home, My Prison
The Palestinian-Arab activist and journalist Raymonda Hawa Tawil's biography during the time of the military occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, when everyday life for the Palestinians was a minefield of violent uncertainties. 66 min. 1992. Video/C 3341

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Never Again?: Genocide Since the Holocaust
After the atrocities of World War II, the cry of conscience was "never again!" As this program demonstrates, that bitterly learned injunction went unheeded throughout much of the world. The chronicle of genocide continues with a look at Mao's purges in China, Cambodia under Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge, the Arab/Israeli conflict, border wars in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and killing in Central America. 2002. 57 min. Video/C 8744

No. 17
Presents the investigation of the identity of the bombing victim on the bus which was attacked at Meggido junction by a suicide bomber as it traveled from Tel Aviv to Tiberius. Seventeen people were killed but no. 17 passenger remained anonymous. The filmmakers interviewed several people who knew something about the bombing, with the hope of unravelling the mystery surrounding the unidentified victim. The investigation reveals how the Israelis are living a precarious life on the brink of death as their lives can be cut short by suicide bombers. Finally after about six months, the case was solved and the victim was granted a proper burial by his family. A film by David Ofek, Ron Rotem, Elinor Kowarsky. Originally produced in 2003 for Israeli Films and Keshet Channel 2, Israel. 75 min. Video/C MM1091

Night on the Sea of Galilee: Israel Folk Dance Festival.
A collection of the best folkloric dance groups performing in Israel today, consisting of one hour of action, colors and music reflecting the traditions and history of the Israeli people. 60 min. 1985. Video/C 1994

On the Borders (Aux frontières)
"I spent 4 weeks, 3 nights and 2 days to circle around a country without a name : Palestine/Israel. I never crossed its borders, watching it like those who watch it from the outside." Lebanese director Danielle Arbid describes a variety of encounters in the Middle East, as she roams through Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Directed by Danielle Arbid 2002. 61 min. DVD X4635

On the Edge of Peace (Israel and Palestine: At the Edge of Peace?)
First segment: Presents two "video diaries" taped between 1993 and 1996 by a Palestinian living in a refugee camp and an Israeli settler living a few miles away. Each presents their perspectives on the ongoing peace process in the Middle East, the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, and the difficulties of ensuring a real and lasting peace. Second segment: Interview with U.N. Under Secretary General Terje Larsen on his views of peacekeeping strategies in the Middle East. Broadcast May 9, 1996. Video/C 6731>

One Day in September
Presents the shocking true story of the brutal massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by a team of extreme Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Chronicles events from terrorist training in Libya to the terrorists sneaking into the Olympic Village to the tension-filled negotiations to the shocking conclusion at a German airport. Told with actual video shot during the crisis and interviews with those who took part (including the only surviving member of the Black September group). 2001. 90 min. DVD 1040

Operation Thunderbolt, the Entebbe Hostage Rescue. (Understanding Terrorism)
Presents a detailed look at the Israeli Defense Force that formulated a daring and top secret rescue of the hostages on the hijacked Air France Airline in Entebbe, Uganda. Granted unprecedented access to newly declassified IDF and Mossad intelligence archives, including never-before-seen footage shot by the rescue force, this is the complete story of the Entebbe rescue, considered to be the most perfectly planned, executed and daring of all modern hostage rescues. 2001. 54 min. Video/C 8451

Our Honour, His Glory: Honor Killing in the Palestinian Zone
In some Palestinian villages, honor is deemed of such importance that a father, brother or cousin is entitled to kill a woman if her morals are suspect. This film follows two cases of these so-called honor killings which are tacitly accepted, although Palestinians refuse to admit that women are killed for these reasons and human rights organizations remain silent on the problem. 1997. 28 min. Video/C 7892

Out for Love--, Be Back Shortly (Yatsati le-hapes ahavah--, miyad ashuv)
The personal story of Dan Katzir, a 23 year old filmmaker just out of the Israeli army, who documents through the prism of his own personal experience, rare footage of historic events. Katzir documents the intense years during which Prime Minister Rabin tries to move the region from war to peace. The sequences dealing with the Prime Minister's assassination and its aftermath are extremely moving. This film expresses the outcry of a generation as it struggles to find love amidst a reality of fear and hatred. 1997. 55 min. Video/C 6446

Palestine: Historie d'une Terre, 1880-1950.
Recounts the story of Palestine commencing with the earliest mass migration of European Jews to Palestine, when 4,500 Jews sought relief from persecution in Czarist Russia. It then guides viewers through Theodore Hertzl's Zionist Congress in 1897, the influx of 150,000 Jews during Hitler's first three years in power, and the events leading to the foundation of Israel, all the while examining watersheds in the Zionist movement's history, including the Balfour Declaration, the Exodus incident and the Dir Yassin Massacre. 58 min. 1993. DVD X3427; Video/C 4481

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Palestine: Historie d'une Terre, 1950-1991.
Recounts the story of Palestine beginning with the strife that subsumed Israelis, Palestinians and their Middle East neighbors after the establishment of the Jewish state. It introduces the key figures--Arafat, Begin, Nasser, Rabin, Sadat, Shamir, and many others-- and the pivotal roles each played in the region's volatile history, as the unrest escalated into wars and terrorism in the second half of the century. The program ends at the Madrid Peace Conference, where the groundwork was first laid for a possible peace. 58 min. 1993. Video/C 4482

Palestine is Still the Issue.
John Pilger travels to Israel and the West Bank of Jordan and Gaza to ask why the Palestinians are still refugees in their own land. In a series of interviews with both Palestinians and Israelis, he explores the issue of Palestine and presents the Palestinians as a nation of people, traumatized, humiliated and yet resilient. He asks for a solution that will bring justice and peace to Palestine. 2002. 50 min. Video/C 9830

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The Palestinian People Do Have Rights.
Traces the roots of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict to the Jewish settlement on the area during the Ottoman Empire. Continues with the heightening of the conflict through the time of the British Mandate, the establishment of Israel, and the major wars between 1948 and 1973. The emphasis is on the condition of the Palestinians during the 30 year period of 1948-1978. 48 min. 1978. Video/C 160

Palestine - Programme biblique (France, 1904)
Director: Mulsant. These short films were shown in lectures, salons, geographical societies, colleges, and convents. If they indeed have been shot in 1904, as suggested by Abbot Mulsant’s statements, they present one of the oldest Christian filmed observations of Muslim country.

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The Palestinian Portraits.
Presents interviews with Palestinian professionals who, although they have lost their possessions and live outside their homeland, have nevertheless achieved success in other countries. Designed to counter the stereotyped view of Palestinians as destitute refugees or as guerrillas. 1987 22 min. Video/C 9931

Paper Dolls
After closing the border to Palestinian workers, Israeli authorities enticed foreigners to fill gaps in the job market. Filipinos in various stages of gender transition came as caregivers to elderly, orthodox Jewish men. These individuals who see themselves in a female persona, shunned by their families and communities at home, build new lives in Israel. On their nights off, the workers perform as a drag queen ensemble, 'Paper Dolls,' in Tel Aviv nightclubs. Although the troupe's members enjoy Israel's liberal atmosphere, they are still outsiders and are always treated as such. Directed by Tomer Heymann. 2006. 80 min. DVD X2101

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites-- working together with Israeli public relations strategies-- exercise a powerful influence over news reporting about the Middle East conflict. Combines American and British TV news clips with observations of analysts, journalists, and political activists to provide insight into the nature of the Occupation and factors that have distorted North American media coverage and, in turn, public opinion. Narrator: Loretta Alper. Commentary: Arik Ascherman, Hanan Ashrawi, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Neve Gordon, Hussein Ibish, Karen Pfeifer, Alisa Solomon, Gila Svirsky. Disc 1: American media: occupied territory -- Hidden occupation -- Invisible colonization -- Violence in a vacuum -- Defining who is newsworthy -- Myth of U.S. neutrality -- Myth of the generous offer -- Marginalized voices -- Is peace possible? Disc 2: [Short films]. The matrix of control, on the ground realities / Jeff Halper (54 min.) (2004) -- Birth at the checkpoint / Alia Arasoughly (13 min.) (2003) -- The poetry of listening, Middle Eastern stories / Ian Koebner (15 min.) (2003) -- Other voices from Israel Palestine (8 min.) (2001) -- Bethlehem diaries / Kevin Skvorak (25 min.) (2002) -- Jenin Spring, April 14-17, 2002 (29 min.) (2002) -- Jenin Spring, April 20, 2002 (19 min.) (2002) -- A la muqata's / Kevin Skvorak (21 min.) (2002) -- Jerusalem day / Kevin Skvorak (10 min.) (2002) -- Jewish voices for peace / Amir Terkel & Cecilie Surasky (4 min.) (2004) -- Occupation diary, Ta'ayush in southern Hebron / Rona Even (6 min.) (2002) -- Occupation diary, Ta'ayush in Sulfit / Rona Even (6 min.) (2002) -- Futbol Palestina 2006 [trailer] / Marcelo Pi~na & Nelson Soza (5 min.) (2004) -- Salt of the Earth, Palestinian Christians in the northern West Bank / Elizabeth & Marthame Sanders (56 min.) (2004). c2003. 80 min. DVD 5547; vhs Video/C MM44

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Pillar of Fire: A Television History of Israel's Rebirth, 1896-1948
A history of the rebirth of the state of Israel from the beginning of the Zionist movement in the 1890s to the creation of the modern day state of Israel in 1948. Chapter 1. Jew returns, the Arab awakens (1896-1920) -- ch. 2. The dream (1914-1929) -- ch. 3. The rise & fall of German Jewry (1914-1929) -- ch. 4. Who's afraid of a Jewish state (1937-1939) -- ch. 5. Holocaust (1939-1945) -- ch. 6. Exodus (1945-1947) -- ch. 7. A nation reborn (1947-1948). Director, Gideon Drori. 2005. 7 hrs. DVD 7948 [also available in Hebrew without subtitles: Perakim be-toldot ha-Tsiyonut DVD 7949]

The Political Debate in Israel: Security and Ideology with Shlomo Avineri [and Ernst Haas].
From the series, Conversations. A conversation on Israeli politics between Shlomo Avineri professor of Political Science at Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Ernst Haas, professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. Recorded Feb. 3, 1984. 60 min. Video/C 1315

Pourquoi Israël (Why Israel)
Documentary montage using interviews with other footage showing some aspects of Israel today; young Israelis in the army, an Israeli prison, a police chief who was in a concentration camp, Russian immigrants arriving in Israel, American Jews touring Israel, etc. Special features (Disc 2, 43 min.): Suite du film and Supplement: "Serge Toubiana et Claude Lanzmann parlent de Pourquoi Israël." A film by Claude Lanzmann. 1972. 192 min. DVD X2718

Promised Lands
Famed writer and critic Susan Sontag's sole documentary project, shot in Israel on the fly in the final days and immediate aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Not only does the film scrutinize the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, it also brilliantly underscores the deepening divisions within the Jewish thought over the very question of Palestinian sovereignty. Banned by Israeli authorities upon its initial release, it's a visually visceral portrait of a land torn apart. Special features: original liner notes by film critic Ed halter; rediscovered 1975 essay by Sontag on the making of the film originally published in Vogue Magazine; collectable 2010 theatrical re-release poster art by artist Paul Chan. Directed by Susan Sontag. 2011. 87 min. DVD X5240

Follows the journey of one of the filmmakers, Israeli-American B. Z. Goldberg, as he travels to Palestinian communities and settlements in the West Bank where he has never ventured before, and to the familiar neighborhoods of Jerusalem. There he meets with seven Palestinian and Israeli children between the ages of nine and thirteen and explores the Middle East conflict through their eyes. Produced & directed by Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg. 2001. 106 min. Video/C 9517

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Purity: Breaking the Codes of Silence.
Israeli filmmaker Anat Zuria examines the Tharat Hamishpaha, or Taharat HaMishpacha (family purity), religious laws that are often seen as imposed by men to shape women's lives and sexuality. The filmaker and her friends discuss their own struggles with observance and adaptation of traditional practices to their changing lives, exploring the meaning of purity to modern women. 2002. 63 min. Video/C MM458

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Redrawing the Map of the Arab World,
A lecture by Azmi Bishara, leading Palestinian human rights activist and one of only seven Arab members of the Israeli Knesset, the Parliament. Bishara presents some of his ideas about the general situation in the Middle East and about the current war in Iraq and its implications for Arab-Israeli relations. A Berkeley Webcast event ; co-sponsored by the Dept. of Near Eastern Studies and the Office of the Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley. 117 min. Video/C 9537

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Refuseniks: Why Do We Refuse to Serve in the Occupied Territories?
Speakers: Ishai Rosen Zvi, Ofer Shorr and Ron Gerlitz (speakers represent Courage To Refuse and Yesh G'vul). Over 1000 Israeli officers and reservists have declared their refusal to serve in the Occupied Territories, while maintaining their commitment to serve in the IDF to protect Israel. In this presentation three "Refuseniks," representing the groups Yesh G'vul and The Courage to Refuse, discuss issues of human rights in Palestine and their reasons for refusing to participate. Recorded 2003-03-11 105 min. Video/C 9512

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Relentless: The Struggle for Peace in Israel.
This documentary uses TV clips, polls, analysis, and newspaper articles to make the case that the Palestinian Authority fomented terrorism, glorified terrorist groups, destroyed Jewish holy sites, refused to officially recognize Israel, and educated its children for war from 1993 onward, thus violating every single Oslo obligation. Produced and directed by Pierre Rehov. c2003. 60 min. DVD 3289<P>

The Road to Jenin
Did a massacre at Jenin take place? This documentary explores the tumultuous events of April, 2002 during the Israel Operation Defensive Shield. Interweaves candid Palestinian and Israeli interviews with archival footage to recount in detail the key events of the Jenin battle. Addressing Palestinian accusations and Israeli explanations head on, this documentary establishes the details of this highly charged incident. Produced and directed by Pierre Rehov. 2003. 52 min. DVD 3291

Route 181: Fragments of a Journey to Palestine - Israel / Momento! ... [et al.]
In 2002 the Palestinian filmmaker Michael Khleifi and Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan set off on a cinematic journey in their country, Palestine-Israel, filming along the partition line drawn up by UN resolution 181 that was to separate the Jews and Arabs of Palestine. All those who cross their path are given a voice -- men and women, Israelis and Palestinians, young or old, civilians or soldiers -- capturing their daily lives and relations and attitudes towards each other. 402 min. DVD 3632

This provocative documentary goes behind the ghetto walls of Ramlah to look at a year in the life of budding Palestinian hip-hop star Sameh Zakout a.k.a. Saz. Growing up in a Jewish neighborhood as a third generation of a moderate family, Saz has had to learn to balance their traditional viewpoints with his strong feelings of insult and rage for the injustices his people have suffered. He does this through music, using it as a starting point for discussion with Israeli and Arab youth who have grown further apart since the recent Intifada. For Saz, music is a place where people who disagree can come together. It takes him to the clubs and neighborhoods of Tel Aviv, Haifa, and London. The film also looks at his relationship with his aging grandfather, a refugee of the 1948 war, whose conversations reveal their differing ideologies. Written and directed by Gil Karni. 2004. 51 min. DVD 6573

Six Days in June: The War that Redefined the Middle East s
Although the fighting lasted for only six days in June of 1967, the effects of the Six Day War are still apparent today. On its 40th anniversary, the region remains trapped in conflict and is every bit as explosive as it was then. For Israel, the 1967 war was a military success. But it also redrew the map of the Middle East and mired the region in a never-ending cycle of occupation, terrorism and reprisal. The Six Day War forever changed the politics of the Middle East by helping to destroy the secular basis of Pan-Arab nationalism and transform secular Zionism. It gave rise to a Palestinian nationalist movement and helped unleash the fury of fundamentalism. Shot on location in Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Moscow and Washington, this powerful film moves through the weeks that preceded the war, its six days of fighting and its aftermath that still lingers today. Directed by Ilan Ziv. c2007. 108 min. DVD 8665

Sleeping with the Enemy; Behind Enemy Lines
Sleeping with the Enemy: A documentary in which Benny Herness, a captain in the Israeli police force and Adnan Joulani, a Palestinian journalist, meet on a joint peace mission to Japan. While embracing the "Toyko spirit" of understanding, the two vowed to take home a message of peace. Soon after their return the second Intifada erupted. Behind enemy lines: Four years after their first encounter, frustrated from years of brutal fighting, Benny and Adnan meet again. The two former friends travel together for a week through the landscape of the Intifada which takes them from Jerusalem and the Holocaust Memorial of Yad Vashem to the Temple Mount and the Jenin refugee camp, trying to find ways to communicate and rebuild the lost trust despite the gap in their political perspectives. c2005. 143 min. DVD 4773

Slingshot Hip Hop
Follows Tamer, Suhell, and Mahmoud of DAM, the first ever Palestinian Hip Hop group, from their early awkward studio recordings, through the outbreak of the second Intifada, to fiery sold-out shows all over the world. Directed by Jackie Reem Salloum. Performers: Tamer Nafar, Suhell Nafar, and Mahmoud Jreri of DAM ; rapper, Mahmoud Shalabi ; R&B singer, Abeer ; and rap duo, Arapeyat ; Mohammed Al Farra (Dr), Mahmoud Fayad (Kan'aan) and Mezo of PR. 2008. 86 min. DVD X2659

A Soldier's Diary.
Filmed by an Israeli army sergeant during 23 days of active duty in a West Bank Palestinian town, this film is a first hand depiction from inside the occupation forces which reveals the moral dilemma faced by Israeli soldiers, many of whom disagree with their country's presence in the territories. 47 min. 1991. Video/C 2823

A Soldier's Duty.
Nations facing the threat of foreign military invasion or insurrection from within are often those where democracy is in its most fragile state. This program explores the situation in three countries where democracy has been at various times, under fire: Argentina, France and Israel. 57 min. 1987. Video/C 1894

Soraida: A Woman of Palestine
Soraida is a Palestinian woman living in Ramallah, in the occupied territories. In this city under siege and a strict curfew, she is determined not to lose her humanity ... Soraida wonders how to reconcile the multiple facets of her identity -- as a woman, a mother and a comitted Palestinian. As a patriot, she is tempted to join the struggle, while as a mother, she is responsible for her two children and must keep her distance. The questions that haunt Soraida, her family and her neighbors take us to the heart of human experience: How to preserve one's humanity in the midst of oppression? How to resist being consumed by hate and anger, caught up in the cycle of victim and victimizer? Research, script and direction, Tahani Rached. 2004. 52 min. DVD 7903

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A State of Danger.
Describes some reactions to the Palestinian uprising (Intifada) that began in December, 1987, as witnessed by Israelis and Palestinians. Several Israeli peace activists discuss the situation. In English with some commentary in Hebrew and Arabic. 28 min. 1989. Video/C 2378

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Stories of Honour and Shame.
The Gaza Strip endured 27 years of Israeli occupation and a prolonged Palestinian uprising. It is now partially administered by the Palestinian National Authority. This behind-the-scenes film reveals the hidden lives of the Palestinian women who live there. Fifteen women reveal their roles in a patriarchal Islamic society where men dictate most aspects of life. Shows the resilience and courage of women who, despite very difficult circumstances, all speak with enormous dignity and grace. 1996. 58 min. Video/C 4627

Struggle for Peace: Israelis & Palestinians.
Filmed by a crew of Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans, this video examines the efforts of several grassroots organizations trying to bring about a peaceful settlement to Israeli/Palestinian strife. Demonstrating that more than half of Israel is ready to talk with the Palestinians Liberation Organization about the creation of an Arab state, this film reveals a land which, contrary to popular conception and media coverage, is ready for peace. 57 min. 1991. Video/C 2832

The Tale of the Three Lost Jewels.(Developing Stories II)
Shot in the final, turbulent days of the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip, this first-ever Palestinian feature film centers upon a love story between two adolescents in a time of war and danger. 1994. 50 min. Video/C 3871

History of forty-six years of Tsava Haganah Leisrael (Israel Defense Forces) through six major wars from the 1948 War for Independence to the 1982 Lebanese War. Focuses on the crucial role of the military in Israeli society and politics. Directed by Claude Lanzmann. 1994. 290 min. DVD X4103

Tkuma: The First Fifty Years.
A historical documentary series on the first fifty years of the State of Israel. Based on the Hebrew series Tekumah broadcast on Israeli TV in 1998. Narrator: Michael Greenspan. Dist: Films Media Group. 52 minutes each tape. [NOTE: also available in Hebrew without subtitles: DVD 7950]

Part 1: The Conflict. In May 14, 1948 David Ben-Gurion declared the independence of Isreal and the following day neighboring Arab populations declared war. Israel was born from this conflict and emerged a refuge for a people dispersed through the world. This segment presents the history of Israel from its founding Zionist fathers in the 19th century, to the war of independence and the emergence of Israel as a prosperous, independent Jewish state. With Yitzhak Ben Aharon, Azmi Bashara, Abba Eban, Salach Taamri, Hanan Ashrawi, Yitzhak Navon, Yisrael Medad, Yitzhak Rabin, Yitzhak Shamir, Yisrael Harel, James Baker, Shimon Peres. DVD X2833; Video/C 6193

Part 2: The Ingathering. This segment examines the history of Jewish immigration and the conflux of cultures that exist within the broader cultural/religious identity of the Israeli population. In addition to identifying as Jewish, Israelis also identify themselves as Polish, Russian, Hungarian, Romanian, Libyan, Algerian, Yemenite and Ethiopian. The program explores the question of cultural identity and heritage in a multicultural society founded on a principle of inclusion for all Jewish people. With Meron Benvenisti, Shlomo Ben Ami, Ali Amir, Yaron London, Rahamim Elazar, Julia Lerner, Maya Kaaganskaya. DVD X2834; Video/C 6194

Part 3: The People's Army. This program traces the history of the Israel Defense Forces in all of its conflicts, from the war for independence, to the formation of Unit 101, the forerunner of the feared paratrooper battalions; to the crack commando teams that protect the borders and police the trouble spots within the country today. The program examines the governmental policy of compulsory military service and the details of present-day life in the field with the IDF. With Meir Pail, Yuval Neeman, Leah Rabin, Shimon Peres, Ariel Sharon, Yisraela Oron, Meir Amit, Uri Saguy, Yaacov Perry, Ehud Barak, David Elazar, Eli Geva. DVD X2835; Video/C 6195

Part 4: Whose State? Whose Religion?Israel was founded by Zionists, who viewed Israel as the Promised Land, but today many Israelis define themselves as a nation, not as a religion. Does being an Israeli mean embracing a religion, or is it a national identity? This program examines this divisive question that has pitted Israeli against Jew, a question of identity which continues to shape Israeli politics and society. With Yitzhak Navon, Rabbi Shmuel Jakobovits, Rabbi Israel Lau, Shulamit Aloni, Yitzhak Ben Aharon, Yehuda Ben Meir, Rabbi Uri Regev, Yafet Alamo, Joyce Brenner, Rabbi Menachem Porush, Sheldon Zimmerman, Bejamin Netanyahu, Yisrael Harel, Uri Avneri, Avraham Burg, Rueven Elbaz. DVD X2836; Video/C 6196

Part 5: From the Orange to the Chip: Israel's Economic Revolution. In its quest to boost per capita income, Israel has progressed from exporting Jaffa oranges to developing high-tech computer chips in just 50 years. This program explores the economic revolution that has occurred in this arid, resource-poor region. Today technology rather than agriculture is the backbone of Israel's economic vitality, as it continues its drive to maintain its position in the world technology market. With Yitzhak Ben Aharon, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Modai, Meir Shetreet, Yosef Burg, Dan Halperin, Moshe Arens, Milton Friedman, Eli Horovitz, Benjamin Netanyahu. DVD X2837; Video/C 6197

Part 6: Future Peace, Next War.This final segment of the series examines the vision of Israel's purpose and scope--and the leaders who have interpreted and shaped that vision. From the first Begin/Sadat meeting in Jerusalem to the war against the PLO in Lebanon, from the post-Gulf War peace initiatives to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's history has been a story of the search for a lasting peace, but within the context of almost constant war. With James Baker, Leah Rabin. DVD X2838; Video/C 6198

To Die in Jerusalem
Recounts the heart-wrenching story of two teenage girls: 17-year-old Israeli student Rachel Levy and her killer, 18-year-old Palestinian suicide bomber Ayat al-Akhras, who died together at a Jerusalem market in 2002. The horrific incident ignited international outrage and set in motion one mother's journey to meet the mother of her daughter's killer. More than four years later, they finally meet in an emotionally charged encounter that underscore the deep roots of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Directed & produced by Hilla Medalia. 2007. 75 min. DVD X1960

Tragedy in the Holy Land: The Second Uprising
Using rarely seen archival footage and interviews, this documentary addresses the core issues of land and identity through the lens of the Palestinians. It probes the evolution of the seemingly incurable conflict in Palestine from a historical perspective offering vital information about the roots of the current conflict and the ongoing struggle for survival in the Middle East. 2001. 71 min. Video/C 9052

The Trojan Horse (Le cheval de Troie)(Arafat's Strategy to Destroy Israel).
Considered an expert on the PLO agenda, film maker Pierre Rehov has chronicled the "holy war" of the Palestinians against the Israelis. Contains rare documentary footage showing Palestinian leaders advocating the eradication of the Jewish state and people. Produced and directed by Pierre Rehov. 200-? 40 min. DVD 3290

Under Siege: Palestinians and the U.S. Media.
Various Middle East experts comment upon the biased views of American newscasters when they are reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Israel. Ignorance, negative stereotyping of Arabs, a single-minded focus on terrorists and a bias for Israel by American journalists is explored. 1991?. Video/C 2581

Until When--
Set during the Intifada that began in 2000, the film follows the lives of four Palestinian families living in the Duhayshah Refugee Camp near Bethlehem. Directed and edited by Dahna Abourahme. 2004. 76 min. DVD X1987

A Veiled Hope (L'espoir voile)
Explores the personal and political challenges facing Palestinian women through a series of portraits of women living on the Gaza and West Bank. The women explain how in their daily lives as doctors, schoolteachers and activists they are working to rebuild Palestinian cultural identity. They also provide a rare insight into the complex feelings women have surrounding the emergence of political Islamic movements. c1994. 59 min. Video/C 9046

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Wadi 1981-1991
Wadi 1981-1991 and Wadi Grand Canyon depict a group of Palestinians and Israelis who nurture a fragile coexistence over a span of twenty years in Wadi Rushmia. Gitai first filmed the intimate story of Yussuf and Isha (an Arab family), Iso and Salo (a Jewish family), and Miriam and Skandern (a mixed couple) in 1981. The film was released as "Wadi." He returned ten years later to shoot Wadi 1981-1991, about how the lives of the couples had changed and then again in 2001, when the site had been entirely changed by developers. Written and directed by Amos Gitai. Videodisc release of films produced in 1991 (1st work) and 2001 (2nd work). 183 min. DVD 5087

Waiting to Go
According to the United Nations, there are 375,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, most of whom live in poverty. This program follows a Palestinian doctor working in the PLO-funded Haifa hospital in Burj el-Barajneh refugee camp, Beirut. She earns $200 per month and she is forbidden in any Lebanese hospital. Other refugees with degrees are allowed to pick oranges, but none are allowed to rebuild their houses. Those who can get out do, but all hope to one day return to their villages in Palestine. 2001. 30 min. Video/C 8940

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Wall (Mur)
Simone Bitton etches a haunting portrait of one of the most profound geographical markers of our time -- the wall of separation constructed by Israel that shields it from adjacent, conflicted Palestinian territories. This documentary shows how the Wall is destroying one of the most historically significant landscapes in the world, while imprisoning one people and enclosing the other. 2005. 97 min. DVD 4762

The Walls Came Tumbling Down: Earthquakes in the Holy Land
Combines aerial footage, computer simulations and ancient art to reveal the dramatic role earthquakes have played in the history of the Holy Land. Viewers are taken on a tour of the Holy Land to observe destroyed crusader fortifications in the North of Israel, abandoned sites near the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Jericho, and Masada. 1991. 60 min. Video/C 9323

Without Rights. (Life, Part 23)
In 1967 the Israelis occupied the West Bank of Jordan and the Gaza Strip. This program explores the plight of the 1.3 million Palestinian Arab refugees now living under Israeli control who are being denied many human rights guaranteed to all people under international laws. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7783

Women Next Door.
Palestinian women, Israeli women and their families are interviewed. They describe the challenges and inhumanities they face in war zones and refugee camps, in the occupied territory. 1992. 80 min. Video/C 3369

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Women of the Wall.
Examines Jewish women's struggles with Orthodox Jewish tradition for the right to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Interviews with government officials, rabbis and Women at the Wall group members offer a glimpse into the battles raging in Israel over religious freedom, separation of religion and state, and women's rights. 31 min. Video/C 7851

Women Under Siege.
Rashadiyah lies six miles north of the Israeli border, deep in southern Lebanon. In 1964 it became a camp for 14,000 Palestinian refugees. Decimated in 1978 by Israeli invasion, the camp regrouped and in 1981 had a population of 9,000. Here people go about their daily lives despite the constant threat of enemy attack, and the need for arming against those attacks. Women play a crucial role in the community. Text accompanies. 1982. 28 min. Video/C 2819

Zion's Christian Soldiers
Looks at support for Israel by American Evangelical Christians who support Israel for theological reasons based on a literal reading of the Book of Revelation that entwines the Jewish commonwealth with the Apocalypse and Second Coming. Originally broadcast as a segment of the CBS television program 60 minutes on October 16, 2002. 14 min. Video/C 9270


Dreaming a Nation. (Blood and Belonging; 2)
"Until I knew I was a Kurd, I didn't know who I was." This program shows children singing that the Kurds will live forever as jets roar overhead. It introduces the viewer to warlords and guerrilla camps, demonstrating how people who are threatened by genocide feel that a state of their own is their only protection. 1994. 50 min. Video/C 4640

Good Kurds, Bad Kurds (No Friends but the Mountains)
This program presents the history of the Kurdish people and their modern struggle for independence. It also presents a paradox in U.S. foreign policy which portrays the Kurds as "good" when they are Saddam Hussein's victims and "bad" when they are waging an armed insurrection against Turkey, an American ally. 2000. 79 min. Video/C 7321

Hajj: Drinking from the Stream.
A film by Claire Dannenbaum. "Hajj is an experimental ethnography looking at acts of resistence and empowerment in the everyday life of Turkish and Kurdish women. This project explores the notion of performance in everyday life--forms of activity which would otherwise be censurable, dangerous, or threatening--in the context of a gender-segregated and patriarchal culture. While Hajj is not an anthropological film per se, it attempts to counter mainstream ethnographic preoccupation with esoteric or ritual activity (special occasions and "public: culture typically carried out by/for men) by looking at "non-events," or the performative elements in women's domestic tasks. Using footage of village life and women at work, the film addresses the multiple meanings behind women's domestic labor, and the potential social power derived from the marginalized activity of home." [filmmakers description] 20 min. 1992. Video/C 4476

In the Name of Honour. (Life, Part 21)
This program explores how oppression of the minority Kurds in the disputed enclave of Northern Iraq has unleashed a chain of violence and crimes often directed at Kurdish women and how Kurdish women are fighting back for their own protection and working for human rights in Iraq. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7781

Kurdistan: The Last Colony?
Explores the phenomenon of a nation of 25 million people condemed to stand divided by frontiers forged within memory, without regard for the Kurdish people. The film sketches the history of this mountain people, who are identified as the largest of all the world's stateless nations. The film also includes recent footage, shot by various Kurdish guerrilla groups, of the continuous attacks mounted on the civilian population by Iraqi and Iranian forces and the widespread Kurdish resistance. 1991. 54 min. Video/C 5164

Quest for Honor
Describes the practice of "honor killing" of women by male relatives for actions deemed dishonorable to their families in Kurdistan, Iraq, and highlights efforts by Kurdish activists to end the practice. Directed by Mary Ann Smothers Bruni. 2009. 67 min. DVD X7107
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Return to Kirkuk: A Year in the Fire
At 14, Karzan was arrested, imprisoned and tortured for the crime of being Kurdish. Ultimately, he made a life for himself as an Iraqi exile in England. The filmmaker bravely returns to the oil-rich town to confront his demons head-on and vote in Iraq's first democratic election. Over a year in the making, Return To Kirkuk eloquently captures the minds and spirits of Kurds who feel the country should be restored to its rightful Kurdistan. Produced and directed by Karzan Sherabayani. 2007. 90 min. DVD 8113


Alone with War (Seule avec la guerre)
Exiled to France during the civil war that killed 150,000 people from 1975 to 1991, Arbid returns to Lebanon to interrogate its principal antagonists - the Christian and Muslim militiamen - about their justifications for the war, while wondering about the collective amnesia that seems omnipresent. A fearless woman in a male dominated society, Arbid is searching for the story of her country. Directed by Danielle Arbid. 61 min. DVD X4635

Barricades: Lebanon's Civil War.
Probes the ten year civil war in Lebanon through the lives of three young women (a Maronite Christian, a Palestinian refugee, and a Shiite Muslim), showing how they courageously try to live ordinary lives amid extraordinary difficulties. Shot on location against a backdrop of newsreel footage of the fighting, refugee camps, and Beirut's shattered and divided streets. 1985. 52 min. Video/C 9917

Beirut: The Last Home Movie.
Chronicles three months in the life of a Lebanese family living in Beirut's heavily bombed and all-but -deserted neighborhood: Christian Ashrafia. The family has chosen to remain in their family home - a 200 year old palace reminiscent of the Ottoman Empire. 90 min. 1991. Video/C 3100

Beirut to Bosnia: Muslims and the West.
Why have so many Muslims come to hate the West? In this controversial three-part series Robert Fisk, award-winning Middle East and Balkans correspondent for the London Independent, reports on Muslim unrest as ideology, religion, history, and geography come into conflict. Dist: Films Media Group. 1993.

Part 1, The Martyr's Smile. Documents the guerrilla war of Lebanon's Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad movements to free southern Lebanon of Israeli occupation forces and Western interference, beginning with the destruction of the American Marine barracks during the early 1980s. 52 min. Video/C 6617

Part 2, The Road to Palestine. examines the displacement of Palestinians by Zionist immigrants and Jewish refugees. Spotlights the militant Islamic group Hamas, the effects of Israeli rule in occupied Gaza, the attitudes of Zionist settlers and Palestinian holdouts on the outskirts of Jerusalem. 52 min. Video/C 6618

Part 3, To the Ends of the Earth. Investigates the situations of Muslims in Egypt and Bosnia, who, though worlds apart, are plagued by a common feeling of betrayal by the West. For members of Egypt's Gamaa al-Islamiya, religious fervor and violence are viewed as the only answers to poverty, while Bosnians fight for the simple right to exist in a Europe that they feel does not want them. 52 min. Video/C 6619

Chatila, Beirut 2001
Examines living conditions in the Chatila Refugee Camp for Palestinian Arabs in the suburbs of Beirut as seen through the eyes of the children. The film also explores themes such as the experience of exile and Palestinian national identity in the diaspora; the cult of martyrdom; and the role that media coverage of the intifada has played in politicizing youth in the camp. Filmed and edited by Diana Allan. c2002. 44 min. Video/C MM114

The Dead Weight of a Quarrel Hangs: A Three Part Project
A film by by Walid Ra'ad. [1] Missing Lebanese wars (in three parts) -- [2] Secrets in the open sea -- [3] Miraculous beginnings (in two parts). Investigates the possibilities and limits of writing a history of the Lebanese wars (1975-1991), documenting not what happened but what can be imagined, what can be said, what can be taken for granted, what can appear as rational, sayable, and thinkable about the wars. Dist.: Video Data Bank. 1999. 18 min. DVD 6376

Fields of Fire
In South Lebanon as many as one million unexploded cluster bombs litter the countryside following the recent war with Israel. In the first two months after the war ended more than a hundred people have been killed or injured by these munitions and farmers are in danger of losing their livelihoods out of fear of entering contaminated fields. 2006. 12 min. DVD 9946

From Beirut To ... Those Who Love Us
A video-letter raising awareness of the situation in Lebanon, produced nine days after the beginning of the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon on July 21st, 2006, by Beirut DC, a film and cinema collective based at the Lebanese capital Beirut. 2006. 2 min. DVD 6002

Gates of the East
Lebanon is the crossroads of the three continents which is called the Gates of the East. Many Christian communities and sects find refuge in the mountains of Lebanon. After World War I and the genocide committed by the Ottoman Turkey, Assyrian settlements began to appear in Lebanon for the first time. Directed by Lina Yakubova & Artak Avdalyan. 2006. 52 min. DVD 8951

Hostage: the Bachar Tapes
An experimental documentary about the 'Western hostage crisis.' The crisis refers to the abduction and detention in Lebanon in the 80s and early 90s of western men like Terry Anderson and Terry Waite ... The 'Western hostage crisis' is examined through the testimony of Souheil Bachar ... [who] was held hostage in Lebanon between 1982 and 1993 ... Bachar addresses cultural, textual, and sexual aspects of his detention with the Americans. Dist.: Video Data Bank. 2001. 17 min. DVD 6245

Human Weapon
Examines the history of suicide bombing and strives to understand how its introduction has unleased a different kind of warfare in conflicts around the world, looking in particular at the phenomenon in Iran, Sri Lanka, Israel, and Lebanon. Includes interviews with victims and government officials as well as with militants whose organizations use suicide bombing as part of their strategy. c2002 57 min. Video/C 9242

Identity, Lebanon.
Focuses on Lebanon as a microcosm of the Middle East's identity crisis. Discusses the repercussions of the National Pact of 1943, tracks the shift of power between Christians and Muslims after World War II, and analyzes the political and religious divisions that affected two civil wars. Also examines the stateless plight of the Palestinians, and how their cause further divided Lebanese society. c1984. 25 min. DVD 7246 [preservation copy]; Video/C 9967

Set up in 1985, in the security zone occupied by Israel since 1978, the detention camp of Khiam was run by Israel's auxiliary militia, the South Lebanon Army. Arbitrariness and torture prevailed in this place of "no-law" until the Israeli withdrawal in May 2000. Sonia, Afif, Soha, Rajae, Kifah, Neeman spent more than ten years in that hell. They are witnesses of daily life in the camp ... The prisoners developed and exchanged extraordinary production techniques to be able to communicate, to create, to disobey and to preserve that very sense of humanity which such a camp tries to eradicate. A film by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Jorelge. c2000. 52 min. Video/C MM1110

Lebanese Political Parties: Hezbollah (Ahzab Lubnan: Hizb Allah, 1982-2002)
Hezbollah (or the Party of God) emerged in 1982 as a guerilla resistance army fighting against the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon. Though primarily Shiite, the party has drawn support from a broad range of organizations both religious and political. Its primary appeal was to the disenfranchised Shiite youth in Lebanon. Hezbollah has relied on the Islamic government of Iran for military and monetary aid and was added to the U.S. State Department's list of international terrorist groups in October of 1997. The party has since gained political legitimacy in Lebanon, currently holding 12 parliamentary seats, while the civilian branch of Hezbollah runs schools, orphanages and a television station. Directed by Farid Assaf ; produced by The Lebanese National Broadcasting Company. 2003. 180 min. DVD 5813

The Living Martyr: Hizbollah Unveiled
For militant followers of Islam, the highest honor is to be dubbed "the living martyr," one who has irrevocably committed himself to dying in a suicide attack against the organization's enemies. Why do boys and young men so readily embrace this ideal? This documentary presents footage of suicide mission preparations and interviews with Lebanon's Hizballah resistance fighters and their families. 53 min. c2001. Video/C 8675

Measures of Distance.
A film by Mona Hatoum. A letter from a Palestinian woman living in war-torn Lebanon to her daughter (whom she has not seen for years), and a series of photographs of the woman, subtly convey effects of war and exile on personal and cultural life, and nuances of family relationships. 1988. 16 min. Video/C 5146

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On the Borders (Aux frontières)
"I spent 4 weeks, 3 nights and 2 days to circle around a country without a name : Palestine/Israel. I never crossed its borders, watching it like those who watch it from the outside." Lebanese director Danielle Arbid describes a variety of encounters in the Middle East, as she roams through Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Directed by Danielle Arbid 2002. 61 min. DVD X4635

Sharfouna: The Beauty of Lebanon
Traditional lebanese music highlights this presentation which includes a wide array of images from Lebanon's natural landscape, rich history and ruins, arts, and culture, as well as its nightlife, entertainment and outdoor activities. c1997. 27 min. Video/C 8115

Suspended Dreams (Developing Stories )
This documentary film examines how the destruction of Beirut during the Lebanese civil war affected the lives of four people: a stage actor whose theater has been destroyed, a mother of two whose husband is missing, and two former soldiers who had once fought each other but who have since become friends. Film recounts their struggles to reconstruct their homes and lives amid the chaos, the broken buildings, the unexploded mines and assesses the appalling impact of modern warfare on the environment while looking ahead to a new conflict in the making over water. 1992. 49 min. Video/C 3869

This is Not Beirut.
Incorporating over 200 hours of film footage from Lebanon, this tape examines the representations of Lebanon and Beirut both in the West and the "Middle East". Between the two, the filmmaker mediates both worlds as an U.S.-based, "Westernized" Lebanese. 48 min. 1994. Video/C 3624

Under the Rubble (Sous les Decombres)
Documentary of the sufferings of the Lebanese and Palestinians of South Lebanon and West Beirut under Israeli army shelling, a protest against modern warfare as well as against the Israelis. "To forget why children, women, and men met their deaths in West Beirut is to kill them all over again." 1983. 40 min. Video/C 8356

Untitled Part l: Everything and Nothing
An intimate dialogue with Soha Bechara, ex-Labanese National Resistance fighter, who was imprisoned for ten years in the infamous Israeli El-Khaim detention center in South Lebanon. Shot in close-up in her Paris dorm room, the young Bechara speaks of home, of the ordinary and extraordinary and what is left behind after a decade of incarceration. A film by Jayce Salloum. 2001. 41 min. Video/C 8951

Waltz with Bashir (Vals Im Bashir)(Israel | France | Germany | USA | Finland | Switzerland | Belgium | Australia, 2008)
After not being able to recall the time he spent on an Israeli Army mission during the Lebanon War, Israeli film director Ari Folman attempts to unravel the mystery by traveling around the world to interview old friends and comrades. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, his memory begins to return in illustrations that are surreal. A docu/drama fusing animation with live action sequences. Written, directed & produced by Ari Folman. 2008. 87 min. DVD X1670
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Golden Globe Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Film
Directors' Guild of America: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film; Best Animated Feature
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animation

War Generation Beirut.
Documentary footage of the social conditions and struggle in Beirut, Lebanon. 1988. Video/C 1931

War of Lebanon: So That History Does Not Repeat Itself
Produced by Al Jazeera Satellite Channel. Disc 1. Baptism of fire -- The roots of conflict -- Explosion -- Death of a country. -- Disc 2. Damascus intervenes -- Fire and embers -- Zahle and the Indian summer -- Sharon invades -- Disc 3. Occupation of an Arab capital -- The Massacre -- Defeat of a superpower -- Chaos. -- Disc 4. Damascus returns -- The storm -- The accord to end war.

A extensive documentary on the Lebanese war and the turbulent events that took place in Lebanon between 1976 and 1990. In addition to archival footage, the program draws from the testimonies of Lebanese, regional and international politicians, warlords, analysts and diplomats in order to provide as complete a picture as possible of the intricate details and behind-the-scenes politicking. In Arabic with English and French subtitles. 2001. ca. 720 min. DVD 1597

The Women of Hizbollah
Filmmaker Maher Abi-Samra returns to the neighborhood of his youth in Beirut settled in the 1950's by the mostly shiite community from southern Lebanon and now the stronghold of the Islamic Party of God, the Hezbollah. This film is a portrait of two Lebanese muslim women, Zeinab and Khadije, who are activists in the Hezbollah. It examines the personal, social and political factors that undergird their commitment, presents the activities of the Islamic political party and examines its place in Beirut society and in Lebanese politics. A film by Maher Abi-Samra. 2000. 49 min. DVD X3424; Video/C 8189

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Drowned in oblivion (Le cercle des noyés)
The " ring noyés" is the name given to Negro-Mauritanian political prisoners who had been imprisoned in Oualata's old colonial fort. All of them had taken part in the emerging African Liberation Forces of Mauritania (FLAM), a political movement working towards the recognition of the rights of black populations in Mauritania. This film is based on their stories. 2007. 71 min. DVD X4911


The Moroccan Labyrinth (Laberinto Marroqui)
In 1898 Spain focused its colonial aims on northern Morocco, establishing a Spanish Protectorate in 1912. From 1920 to 1926, Spanish military attempts to conquer the territory were resisted by the guerrilla forces of Rif leader Abd el-Krim. The film reveals how this colonial conflict served as the prologue to the Spanish Civil War, with losses in the African war undermining the monarchy and politically emboldening the "African militarists," including generals such as Francisco Franco, who in 1936 launched a revolt against the Spanish Republic. Ironically, in order to escape famine and poverty, thousands of Moroccans enlisted in the Spanish Falangist movement and found themselves fighting for their former enemies in Spain against Republican forces. Directed by Julio Sánchez Veiga. 2007. 90 min. DVD X2321

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The Pupil of Her Hand, In the Palm of Her Eye.
A film by Claire Dannenbaum. "A visual exploration of an invisible phenomenon, The Pupil of Her Hand In the Palm of Her Eye maps the cross-cultural and personal journey of the filmmaker's search for an elusive subject, the evil eye. Using footage shot in Morocco, the film traces the irony of looking, gazing and glancing in Moroccan women's culture, where such actions are heavily coded and controlled. Ultimately, an evocation of references that lead to and hover about the evil eye, the film suggests the inherent complexity of ethnographic documents portraying another culture." (filmmaker's description) 10 min. 1994. Video/C 4475

Saints and Spirits.
A documentary on how a group of Moroccan Muslims view their worship of saints and spirits as part of the wider Islamic tradition. Filmed events include an annual ritual celebration, a pilgrimage to a saint's shrine in the mountains and the veneration of a new saint's shrine in a small plains village. Originally produced in 1977. 25 min. Video/C 9925

Sex and Social Dance. (Dancing; 3)
This program examines the male and female roles in dancing in three different societies: USA, Morocco, and Cook Islands of Polynesia. Includes archival film footage. Dialogue in English, French, and Arabic; voiceover in English. 57 min. 1993. Video/C 2916

Tangier Treehouse.
When a group of Moroccan street children are invited to take part in a treehouse building workshop, they find themselves unexpectedly transformed. Facing difficult choices in their lives -- whether to emigrate illegally to nearby Europe or cope with limited prospects for the future of Tangier -- the treehouse they construct, under the guidance of Roderick Romero, an American architect, takes on symbolic significance. The film explores the borders between North Africa and the West, between the Arab world and America, and between those who have and those who have not, highlighting the struggles and aspirations of down-and-out boys on the brink of manhood. Produced and directed by David Shadrack Smith and Charlotte Mangin. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2005. 57 min. DVD X364

Saudi Arabia

Change: Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia represent countries at opposite ends of the spectrum of Middle Eastern political change. Turkey has sought to Westernize initiating quasi-democratic, modern reforms only to draw opposition from traditionalists, while Saudi Arabia's leaders have molded their state into a powerful monarchy based upon fundamentalist principles of Islam. c1984. 25 min. DVD 7245 [preservation copy]; Video/C 9966

Death of a Princess
This film re-creates journalist Antony Thomas' journey through the Arab world to investigate the public execution for adultery of a young Saudi Arabian princess and her lover in 1977. Frontline reissues the 1980 docurama film followed by a discussion about the controversy surrounding the original release of the film and the status of Saudi women more than twenty years after the original broadcast. Originally produced as a segment of the television series Frontline. c2005. 117 min. DVD 6032

Saudi Time Bomb?
After the September 11 terrorist attack on the United States President Bush stated that if the nations of the world are not with us in the war on terrorism, then they're with the terrorists. But what about the United States' supposed ally, the ultraconservative fundamentalist nation Saudi Arabia? This documentary looks at the delicate alliance between the two countries considering the vast differences in their cultures and possible consequences for future relations. iginally presented as a segment on the television program Frontline. 60 min. 2001. Video/C 8636


Ancestral Home
The land known as Syria presents a unique microcosm of the greater drama of human struggle for survival and self-identity. This documentary traces the story of Assyrian inhabitants of this land from the times of the mighty Assyrian empire through the days of magnificence of Palmyra in Roman times, down to the modern day. Presented in three parts, "Ancestral Home" casts an introspective look into the historic, religious, sociopolitical and cultural connections of Assyrian people to this land. Ending the journey by looking at Assyrian life in the Khabur region of eastern Syria, the film celebrates these bonds while bringing to fore the modern-day Assyrian struggle for national awareness, identity and recognition. Directed by Artak Avdalyan. 2006. 96 min. DVD 8950

Assyrians in Armenia
This is the first documentary film of the Assyrians in Armenia, their history and cultural heritage from ancient times to the present. Shows valuable archival documents and photographs shot in Armenia, Iraq and Iran. 2004. 59 min. DVD 8968

The Cry Unheard
Documents the suffering and attempted eradication of the Assyrian people (along with Armenians and Pontic Greeks) during WWI at the hands of the Ottoman authorities and the Kurds. This period, sometimes referred to as the Assyrian Genocide, is recounted through eyewitness accounts of this horrid campaign which ended the lives of approximately 2/3rds of the Assyrian people including men, women, and children. The background and analyses of this cataclysmic event are unraveled by scholars and specialists in this unique documentary film. Directed by Nuri Kino. 2001. 30 min. DVD 8969

The Diaspora and India
Documentary about the migration of Syriac Aramean people throughout the world today, including scenes of contemporary Syrian churches in the U.S.A., Canada, Holland, and India, with emphasis on southern India's Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. c2001. 60 min. Video/C 9584

The Heritage of a People
Presents a history of the ancient Syriac people, their Syrian Orthodox Church and their Aramaic language. c2001. 60 min. Video/C 9582

Syria: Between Iraq and a Hard Place
A look at contemporary Syria and its precarious position between Israel and Iraq. Government officials, academics and common people express concern over the deteriorating state of U.S.-Syrian relations following the U.S.-Iraq War. Produced & directed by Saul Landau. 2004. Cinema Guild. 28 min. Video/C MM471

Traditions and Customs
Presents a history of Syriac Orthodox churches, people, and monasteries in Syria, Turkey and India. Includes information about their traditions and their Aramaic language. c2001. 60 min. Video/C 9583

Veils Uncovered
Documents the reality of sexual competition among women in Damascus as they vie for number one position, exclusivity with their husbands. Filmed in the marketplace of Souk Al-Hamidivyah, this is a moving personal account of the unexplored sexual world of women who live behind the veil. Islamic religious rules and their application in marriage are explained, the wide ranging social dynamics are explored in marketplace and in the lives of the women of Damascus. c2002. 25 min. Video/C 9759


This film is about the working conditions in Turkey's ship building industry. Its title, 4857, represents the number of workers who have been killed while at work in the Tuzla shipyards. It investigates the under-reported human side of the shipbuilding industry, where great profits are made and workers die. Directed by Petra Holzer, Selçuk Erzurumlu, Ethem Özgüven. 2008. 30 min. DVD X5899

Ataturk, Founder of Modern Turkey
Turkey after the first World War. A man of peace, he established peace on all the borders of Turkey and secularized the country to bring it into the modern world. Women were emancipated, minorities were guaranteed equal rights and the Latin alphabet replaced Arabic script under his leadership. With rare archival footage and commentary by experts this documentary traces the rise of modern Turkey, which today acts as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. Produced and directed by Zelfan and Tarquin Olivier. 1999? 52 min. DVD 4644

Attila 1974: A Testimony on Film
Director, Michael Cacoyannis. In July 1974, the Turkish Army invaded the Republic of Cyprus, forcing thousands of Greeks into displaced persons camps and causing the deaths of thousands more. Upon hearing the devastating reports from his homeland, director Michael Cacoyannis rushed to Cyprus to document the events on film. Once there he interviewed political leaders as well as victims and refugees, providing a candid, personal look at the injustices imposed on an innocent people. 2000. 101 min. DVD 707

Change: Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia represent countries at opposite ends of the spectrum of Middle Eastern political change. Turkey has sought to Westernize initiating quasi-democratic, modern reforms only to draw opposition from traditionalists, while Saudi Arabia's leaders have molded their state into a powerful monarchy based upon fundamentalist principles of Islam. c1984. 25 min. Video/C 9966

Directed by Elif Savas. Explores the origins of the militarily patrolled democratic system created by Ataturk in the 1920's; the place of the armed forces in the political and cultural life of Turkey; the causes and consequences of each coup d'etat and how they differ from those in South America and the rest of the world and the future of the "military democracy." Includes interviews and archival footage to describe coups d'etat in Turkey in 1960, 1971, 1980, and 1997. c1999. 158 min. Video/C 7806

Crossing the Bridge--The Sound of Istanbul
Alexander Hacke, European musician and composer, sets out to capture the musical diversity of Istanbul as he roams the streets of Istanbul with his mobile recording studio and microphone to assemble a portrait of Turkish music. His voyage leads to the discovery of a broad spectrum ranging from modern electron, rock and hip-hop to classical "Arabesque". The film is also a visual documentary of Istanbul, with stark contrasts of old and new, western and eastern, poor and rich, modern and traditional. 2005. 90 min. DVD 6479

Educating Yaprak. (Life; 4)
Turkey is a country with a large, young population, but literacy rates have traditionally lagged behind neighboring countries. Turkey has identified education as key to reducing poverty, so the state has embarked on an ambitious campaign, targeting those most deprived of education -- young teenage girls -- especially from poor rural areas. Directed by Di Tatham. 2005. 26 min. DVD 3965

For the People, Despite the People: the Atatürk Revolution
A biography of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, and founder of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first President. Following the defeat of The Ottoman Empire by the Allies, who had plans for its partition; Mustafa Kemal led the Turkish national movement in what became the Turkish War of Independence. As president, Atatürk embarked upon a major program of political, economic, and cultural reforms which formed the political foundation of the modern Turkish state. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 30 min. DVD X235

The Greedy Heart of Halide Edib
A biography of Halide Edib Adivar, a Turkish novelist and feminist political leader. Best known for her novels criticizing the low social status of Turkish women and what she saw as the disinterest of most women in changing their situation, she also served as a soldier in the Turkish military during Turkish War of Independence. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 28 min. DVD X235

Hajj: Drinking from the Stream.
A film by Claire Dannenbaum. "Hajj is an experimental ethnography looking at acts of resistence and empowerment in the everyday life of Turkish and Kurdish women. This project explores the notion of performance in everyday life--forms of activity which would otherwise be censurable, dangerous, or threatening--in the context of a gender-segregated and patriarchal culture. While Hajj is not an anthropological film per se, it attempts to counter mainstream ethnographic preoccupation with esoteric or ritual activity (special occasions and "public: culture typically carried out by/for men) by looking at "non-events," or the performative elements in women's domestic tasks. Using footage of village life and women at work, the film addresses the multiple meanings behind women's domestic labor, and the potential social power derived from the marginalized activity of home." [filmmakers description] 20 min. 1992. Video/C 4476

Hiphopistan: Representing Locality in a Global City
This documentary examines the impact of Hip-Hop culture on Istanbul youth and reveals how young Turkish rappers, DJs, break-dancers, and graffiti artists creatively blend popular influences with their local cultural values and traditions. In a world that is becoming increasingly exposed to global media, much has been debated as to whether or not societies and individuals can adopt influences from music, television, cinema, internet and fashion in a positive and constructive way without losing their own cultural identities and heritage. A film by Çiğdem Akbay. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 2006. 25 min. DVD X5076

Presents a filmed biography of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who grew up from a poor lonely child to become the president of Turkey. A story of a soldier, an eminent statesman and a great reformist who fashioned a new country from the ashes of an empire. 2008? 110 min. DVD X5915

Mustapha Kemal Ataturk: The Birth of a Republic (Mustapha Kemal Ataturk: naissnace d'une Republique)
Tells the story of Mustapha Kemal, called Ataturk ("the father of the Turks"), founder of the Republic of Turkey and its first President through archival footage, newsreels and photos, and discussions with Turkish and Western historians, sociologists, and biographers. The film traces his early secular education and his political rise as an army officer, from the birth of the "Young Turks" movement in 1908, through WWI, the Turkish War of Independence, the dethroning of the Sultan and elimination of the Caliphate, and the establishment of the republic in 1923. Much of the film's debate focuses on Kemal's authoritarian rule, when he abolished the national parliament, outlawed opposition parties and labor unions, and forced through legislation that led to sweeping political, economic and social reforms. A film by Severine Labat. 2005. 52 min. DVD X247

Description from Icarus Films catalog

The Ottoman Empire: A World of Difference
The Ottoman Empire was at the center of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for six centuries. At the height of its power (16th-17th century), it spanned three continents, controlling much of Southeastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. This documentary focuses primarily on the successes of the Empire in ruling over an impossible array of people of diverse religions, ethnicities and languages. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 28 min. DVD X235

Turkey and the United States.
With the end of the Cold War, Turkey with its formidable history and geographically strategic location should be positioned to become the major power in the region but it finds itself facing religious, political and military instability at home. Is Turkey an emerging regional power or a state in trouble? Graham Fuller of the RAND Corporation and Katherine Wilkens of the Council on Foreign Relations discuss an appropriate American foreign policy towards Turkey. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1998. 33 min. Video/C 5823

Turkey's Tigers: Integrating Islam and Corporate Culture
For years, Turkey has been run by a stridently secular business and political elite, while its devout Muslim citizens have been pushed to the political and economic fringes. But now, even the most committed Muslims are embracing Western-style capitalism and commerce-- and are ascending in Turkish society at the ballot box and in big business. "Turkey's Tigers" captures this modern, unexpected face of Islam unseen in American media. Director, Jon Alpert [and] Matthew O'Neill ; writer, Jon Alpert. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television program: Wide Angle. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2006. 57 min. DVD X5648


The English Sheikh & the Yemeni Gentleman
In this documentary a young Yemeni born in London undertakes to understand the homeland he has never seen. He reconnects with his roots by traveling with Tim Mackintosh-Smith, a guidebook author and British national living in Yemen who shows him his country. Directed by Bader Ben Hirsi. 2000. 76 min. DVD X6188

Haram: Yemen, The Hidden Half Speaks.
Presents a surprising look at women's lives and gender roles in contemporary Yemen through the personal narratives of individual Yemeni women struggling for self-determination. These powerful women speak eloquently about breaking societal taboos and fighting for the right to be educated, for economic independence and self-sufficiency. Their moving stories are essential for understanding the myriad forms resistance can take. 2003. 62 min. Video/C MM350

Women Make Movies catalog description

Yemeni Futures. (Life; 4)
Directed by Ashley Bruce. In Yemen 42% of the population live in poverty. Only a quarter of the people live in cities and outside the urban areas population density is low, making it difficult to provide health care, education and basic infrastructure. This program looks at what is being done to address the fundamental needs of the Yemeni people, and whether anything has been achieved since the 1990 unification to raise the quality of their lives. 2005. 26 min. DVD 3963

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