Middle Eastern/North African Cinema: Media Resources Center UCB












Compilations
Afghanistan
Algeria/Morocco/Tunisia
Egypt
Iran/Iraq
Israel/Palestine
Lebanon
Syria
Tunisia
Turkey

Bibliography of books about Middle Eastern cinema in the UC Berkeley library

Movies by Director videography
Middle Eastern Studies videography

Arab Media: Cinema
Arab Film Distribution

Compilations/Miscellaneous

The Kite Runner (USA, 2007)
Directed by Marc Forster. Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Homayoun Ershadi, Shaun Toub, Atossa Leoni, Saïd Taghmaoui, Zekiria Ebrahimi, Ali Danish Bakhtyari, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada. In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It's a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day's victory, one boy's fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption. Now, after twenty years of living in America, Amir returns to a perilous Afghanistan under the Taliban's iron-fisted rule to face the secrets that still haunt him and take one last daring chance to set things right. Based on the book by Khaled Hosseini. Special features: Optional introduction Public Service Announcement with Khaled Hosselini; Commentary with Forster, Hosseini & Benioff; "Words from 'The kite runner'" featurette; "Images from 'The kite runner'" featurette (25 min.). 128 min. DVD X839
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The Message (Pakistan / Kuwait / Morocco / Libya / UK / Lebanon, 1976)
Directed by Richard Eyre. Cast: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka, Michael Forest. Tells the dramatic story of Mohammed, the prophet who founded Islam. The film starts with Muhammed receiving the Koran from the angel Gabriel and ends at his death. Disc 1. English language -- Disc 2. Arabic language. 91 min. DVD 9147
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Resistance[s]: Experimental Films from the Middle East and North Africa. Vol. 1
Dansons / Zoulikha Bouabdellah (Algeria/France, 2003, 5 min.) -- Transit / Taysir Batniji (Palestine/France, 2004, 8 min.) -- Dieu me pardonne / Mounir Fatmi (Morocco/France, 2001-2004, 8 min.) -- Wet tiles / Lamya Gargash (UAE, 2003, 8 min.) -- Allahu Akbar / Usama Alshaibi (Iraq/USA, 2003, 5 min.) -- Untitled part 3b (as if) beauty never ends / Jayce Salloum (Lebanon/Canada, 2003, 11 min.) -- K3 (Les femmes) / Frederique Devaux (Algeria/France, 2003, 4 min.) -- Ca sera beau : From Beyrouth with love / Wael Noureddine (Lebanon/France, 2005, 30 min.) DVD authors, Marc Horchler, Thomas Lambert ; text, Silke Schmicki, Christine Sehnaoui. Includes eight, short, experimental films and videos from Middle Eastern and North African artists and interviews with those filmmakers. Using images to lead the narrative, each artist, no matter their style or medium succeeds in raising fundamental questions relating to humanity, politics and aesthetics. 107 min. DVD 6777

Resistance[s]: Experimental Films from the Middle East and North Africa. Vol. 2
Nouba / Katia Kameli (Algeria/France, 2000, 5 min.) -- Straight stories, part 1 / Bouchra Khalili (Morocco/France, 2006, 10 min.) -- Amer & Nasser, Iraqi brothers / Al Fadhil (Iraq, 2001-2004, 4 min.) -- Don't do to her what you did to me / Zineb Sedira (Algeria/UK, 1998-2001, 9 min.) -- Avant de disparaitre / Joude Gorani (Syria/France, 2005, 13 min.) -- I swam in the sea last week / Nesrine Khodr (Lebanon, 2003, 2 min.) -- Geographie imaginaire / Pauline M'Barek (Tunisia/Germany, 2005, 15 min.) -- Saving face / Jalal Toufic (Lebanon, 2003, 9 min.) -- Quelques miettes pour les oiseaux / Nassim Amaouche (France, 2005, 29 min.). Includes nine short, experimental films and videos from Middle Eastern and North African artists and interviews with those filmmakers. 107 min. DVD 9950

The Stoning of Soraya M. (USA, 2008)
Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. Cast: Mozhan Marnò, Jim Caviezel, Shohreh Aghdashloo. When a journalist is stranded in her remote village, Zahra takes a bold chance to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to keep hidden. Thus begins the remarkable story of what happened to Soraya, a kind-spirited woman whose bad marriage leads her cruel, divorce-seeking husband to trump up false charges of infidelity, which carry an unimaginable penalty. Based on the true story from Freidoune Sahebjam. 116 min. DVD X2886
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Afghanistan

In this World (UK, 2002)
Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Cast: Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah. Tells of the hazardous journey of two Afghan boys as they travel from Pakistan through Iran, Turkey, Italy, France and the UK in search of refuge in London, revealing the desperate measures people take to escape persecution and life-threatening conditions. Special features: Behind-the-scenes footage with commentary from Michael Winterbottom and Tony Grisoni; director's introduction from the Sundance Film Series; U.S. and UK theatrical trailers; production notes and biographies; highlights from the 2003 Sundance Film Series. 88 min. DVD 2410
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Osama (Afghanistan / Netherlands / Japan / Ireland / Iran, 2003)
Directed by Siddiq Barmak. Cast: Marina Golbahari, Arif Herati, Zubaida Sahar. Based on true events, chronicles the story of a 12-year-old girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan who must disguise herself as a boy to save her family from starvation. The first feature film made in Afghanistan in the post-Taliban era. 83 min. DVD 2565
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Basoli, A. G. "Emerging from the Taliban's Grim Legacy: An Interview with Siddiq Barmak." Cineaste: America's Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 38-41, Summer 2004 UC users only
Cardullo, Bert. "An Afghan is a woman." The Hudson Review 58.2 (Summer 2005): 302-310.
Russell, Lisa Marie. "Osama" Sight and Sound. Jul 2003. Vol. 13, Iss. 7; p. 16 UC users only
Verma, Priya. "Osama" Off Our Backs. 2006. Vol. 36, Iss. 3; pg. 46, 1 pgsUC users only

Kandahar: Journey into the Heart of Afghanistan (Safar e Ghandehar) (Iran, 2001)
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
See Iran

Algeria/Morocco/Tunisia

Ali Zaoua, Prince de la Rue (Morocco, 2000)
Directed by Nabil Ayouch. Ali, Kwita, Omar, and Boubker are a group of street urchins living in the hard streets of Casablanca. In order to survive they create a bond of friendship and family between them. The bond is cut short when Ali is senselessly killed; his life taken by a single act of a rival gang. Ali's friends decide not to report his death to the police, who would have the boy buried in a potter's field. Instead they decide to give him a worthy burial, to bury Ali on the private island he so often dreamed of. Ali Zaoua captures the power of dreams and presence of hope in the harshest of circumstances. In Arabic and French with English subtitles. 99 min. DVD 1905
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Gugler, Josef. "Ali Zaoua: The Harsh Life of Street Children and the Poetics of Childhood." The Journal of North African Studies; Sep 2007, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p369-379, 11p UC users only

The Ark of the Desert (L'arche du desert) (Algeria / France / Germany / Switzerland, 1997)
Directed by Mohamed Chouikh. Cast: Myriam Aouffen, Messaouda Adami, Hacen Abdou, Shyraz Aliane, Amin Chouikh. Amin and Myriam who live in a small Algerian desert community belong to different ethnic groups. When they are caught in each others arms, the scandal results in violence between their communities. 90 min. DVD X422
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Bab el-Oued City (Algeria / France / Germany / Switzerland, 1994)
Directed by Merzak Allouache. Cast: Nadia Kaci, Mohamed Ourdache, Hassan Abdou, Mabrouk Ait Amara, Messaoud Hattou, Mourad Khen, Djamila, Simone Vignore, Michel Such. In Bab el-Oued, a working class district of Algiers, a young worker commits an act which puts the entire district in turmoil. 95 min. DVD 3731
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Barakat! (France | Algeria, 2006)
Directed by Djamila Sahraoui. Cast: Rachida Brakni, Fattouma Ousliha Bouamari, Zahir Bouzerar, Malika Belbey. The story of two women. Emel is a Westerner whose husband, a journalist, is missing - perhaps kidnapped or even killed. Khadija is an older woman who has lived through the country's decades-long struggle. Together they search for Emel's husband. 94 min. DVD X3330
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The Battle of Algiers (La bataille d'Alger) (Algeria / Italy, 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. 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.). 117 min. DVD 3050; VHS 999:111
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Bent Familia (Tunisia, 1997)
Directed by Nouri Bouzid. Cast: Amel Hedhil, Nadia Kaci, Leila Nassin, Raouf Ben Amor, Kamel Touati, Hassiba Roshdi. Aida and Amina, two young Tunisian women now in their thirties, are reunited. It is an occasion for them to question their lives and relationships. The presence of Fatiha, an Algerian refugee in Tunisia, creates a quest for the three women to overcome their respective societal limitations. 105 min. vhs 999:3872
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Elvira Notari Prize

Chronicle of the Smoldering Years (Chronique des années de braise; Ahdat sanawovach el-djamr) (Algeria, 1975)
Directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina. Epic look at Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Achmed and his family are forced to leave their rural home and he is drafted into an Algerian unit fighting in the Second World War. He returns to Algeria after the war only to find that the colonial grip has grown even tighter, and following an edict forbidding public meetings, he joins the growing revolt. When the battles begin, he is killed but his desire for liberty has been passed on to his son, who continues the struggle. 178 min. vhs 999:2717
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or

Door to the Sky (Bab Al-Sama Maftuh) (Morocco, 1989)
Directed by Farida Belyazid. Cast: Zaki-yah Tahiri, Eva Saint Paul, Shuaybiyah Adhrawi, Bashir Sukayrij, Ahmad al-Buanani. Nadia, a young Moroccan émigré, returns from Paris to Fez to visit her dying father. At his funeral, she is moved by the voice of Karina chanting the Koran. A powerful friendship develops between the two women as Nadia decides to turn her father's place into a Muslim women's shelter. A Sufi tale told in a metaphoric lanaguage, A door to the sky was one of the first films from North Africa that addressed the social and economic changes as proposed by a spiritual Muslim woman on a quest to preserve her cultural and religious identity. 107 min. DVD X6759; vhs 999:2716
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Le Grand Voyage (Morocco, France, 2004)
Director, Ismaël Ferroukhi. Cast: Nicolas Cazale, Mohamed Majd, Jacky Nercessian. A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Reda, a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself obligated to drive his father to Mecca. The wide cultural and generational gap between the two is worsened by their lack of communication. Reda finds it hard to accommodate his father, who demands respect for himself and his pilgrimage. From France, through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Saudi Arabia, the two embark on a road trip that will change their lives. 108 min. DVD 6328
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The Harem of Madame Osmane (Le harem de Mme Osmane) (France | Spain | Morocco, 2000)
Directed by Nadir Moknèche. Cast: Carmen Maura, Myriam Amarouchène, Linda Slimani, Nadia Kaci, Biyouna, Thamila Mesbah-Detraz. An off-beat comedy that takes an unconventional look at the problems of contemporary Algeria. As the country veers toward civil war, Madame Osmane exercises a casual dictatorship over the tenants of her apartment building. A former freedom fighter whose husband -- also an ex-freedom fighter -- is living in France with another woman, Madame Osmane is determined to control the lives of her daughter Sakina, her batty maid, Meriem, French-born wife Yasmine and various other tenants. 100 min. DVD X2711
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Abderrezak, H. "The Modern Harem in Moknèche's Le Harem de Mme Osmane and Viva Laldjérie." The Journal of North African Studies, 12(3): pp. 347-368 ; 2007. UC users only
Constable, Liz. "Hearing Cultures: Acoustic Architecture and Cinematic Soundscapes of Algiers in Merzak Allouache And Nadir Moknèche." Contemporary French Civilization, Winter/Spring2009, Vol. 33 Issue 1, P179-208, 30p; UC users only

Inch'Allah Dimanche (Algeria / France, 2001)
Director, Yamina Benguigui. Film about the "family reunion," the French government's euphemism for a 1974 law allowing Algerian wives to rejoin their husbands working in France. Strong-willed Zouina parts tearfully from her mother in the port of Algiers; once in France, she and her three small children are at the mercy of her mother-in-law and confused by the strange customs of their local grocer and garden-obsessed neighbor. The radio is her only window on life and on the women of this new country. 98 min. DVD 1907
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Awards
Toronto International Film Festival - International Critics Award (FIPRESCI)

Alion, Yves. "Inch'Allah Dimanche: Entretien avec Yamina Benguigui." Avant Scène Cinéma, vol. 506, pp. 136-38, November 2001
Anselmi, William; Wilson, Sheena. "From Inch'Allah Dimanche to Sharia in Canada: Empire Management, Gender Representation, and Communication Strategies in the Twenty-First Century." In: From solidarity to schisms : 9/11 and after in fiction and film from outside the US / edited by Cara Cilano. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN780.5 .F76x 2009)
Fauvel, Maryse. "Yamina Benguigui's Inch' Allah dimanche: unveiling hybrid identities." Studies in French Cinema; 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p147-157, 11p UC users only
Fenner, Angelica. "Aural Topographies of Migration in Yamina Benguigui's Inch'Allah dimanche." Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, vol. 22, no. 66[3], pp. 93-127, 2007 UC users only
Humblot, Catherine Documentaires et reportages: "Mémoires d'immigrés, l'héritage maghrébin" CinémAction 87 (April-June 1998)

Indigènes (Days of Glory) (Algeria / France / Morocco / Belgium, 2006)
Director, Rachid Bouchareb. Cast: Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Bernard Blancan, Mathieu Simonet, Benoit Giros, Melanie Laurent, Antoine Chappey. The tale of a 1943 WWII French Algerian Unit facing discrimination by its European counterparts due to prejudice and ignorance. The French armed forces are preparing to land troops in Europe to win back their homeland from the Axis Powers, but they cannot accomplish their task without recruiting men from their African colonies. The Africans themselves start their long journey full of hope and anticipation, but as they get closer to their goal they realize that their enemy is not necessarily the Germans. Special features: The making of Days of Glory ; The colonial friend (a short film). 125 min. DVD 9925
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Barlet, Olivier. "Days of glory (Rachid Bouchareb): another vision of French history." In: Film in the Middle East and North Africa : creative dissidence / edited by Josef Gugler. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.M53 F55 2011)
Grey, Tobias. "The Unknown Soldier." History Today, Apr2007, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p2-3, 2p UC users only
Hargreaves, Alec. "Indigènes: A Sign of the Times." Research in African Literatures, Winter2007, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p204-216, 13p UC users only
O'Riley, Michael F. "National Identity and Unrealized Union in Rachid Bouchareb's Indigènes." French Review, Dec2007, Vol. 81 Issue 2, p278-288, 11p

Little Senegal (Algeria / France / Germany, 2001)
Directed by Rachid Bouchareb. Cast: Sotigui Kouyaté, Sharon Hope, Roschdy Zem, Adetoro Makinde, Karim Koussein Traoré, Adja Diarra, Malaaika Lacario. An elderly man from Senegal travels to New York City, in hopes of locating African Americans related to his ancestors (many of whom were kidnapped and sold as slaves). 93 min. DVD X2056
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Où vas-tu Moshé? (Where Are You Going Moishe?) (Morocco / Canada, 2002)
Director, Hassan Ben Jalloun. Cast: Simon Elbaz, Abdelkader Lotfi, Hassan Essakalli, Mohamed Tsouli. When all of the Jews in the village of Bejjad plan to emigrate as part of a 1963 mass-exodus from Morocco, the local barkeep worries that he will lose his business. 95 min. DVD X1263
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Rachida (Algeria / France, 2002)
Director, Yamina Bachir. Cast: Ibtissem Djouadi, Bahia Rachedi, Rachida Messadouen, Zaki Boulenafed, Amel Chouikh, Abdelkader Belmokadem. Rachida lives and teaches in an old neighborhood in Algeria. Like most Algerians, she thinks she is far removed from the bloody conflict the country is in, until one day she is attacked by a terrorist group. The terrorists ask her to plant a bomb in her school. After refusing, they shoot her in cold blood. Miraculously, she lives and seeks refuge in a neighboring village. 100 min. DVD 8058
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Chevallier, Jacques; Hurst, Heike. " Rencontre avec Yamina Bachir-Chouikh." Jeune Cinema, Feb 2003, Issue 280, p33-35, 3p
Serceau, Michel. "L'Algérie, les femmes, le terrorisme: sur deux films algériens récents, Le harem de Mme Osmane et L'autre monde." CinemAction; 2004 Issue 111, p146-151, 6p

Raja (France/Morocco, 2003)
Director-writer, Jacques Doillon. Cast: Pascal Greggory, Najat Benssallem, Ilham Abdelwahed, Hassan Khissal. Set in comtemporary Marrakech, Raja explores the relationship between a wealthy middle aged Frenchman and a nineteen year old orphaned Moroccan girl. Disparities in race, economic status and language complicate the older man's pursuit of the younger girl. 110 min. DVD 5343
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Bray, Maryse; Calatayud, Agnès. "The French film industry's current financial crisis and its impact on creation: the example of Jacques Doillon's Raja (2003)." Studies in European Cinema, 2005, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p199-212, 14p UC users only
Porton, Richard. "View from the Margins: An Interview With Jacques Doillon." Cinema Scope, Summer2009, Issue 39, p6-10, 5p, 3 bw; (AN 42308824) UC users only

Salut cousin! (France | Algeria | Belgium | Luxembourg, 2000)
Director, Merzak Allouache. Cast: Gad Elmaleh, Mess Hattou, Magaly Berdy, Ann-Gisel Glass. Alilo arrives in Paris, met by his hip cousin Mok. Alilo is to pick up a suitcase of dresses to smuggle back to Algiers for resale. He's lost the dressmaker's address and his boss is gone for five days, so he stays in the Moskova neighborhood of the 18th arrondissement with Mok. Mok makes rap music of Jean de La Fontaine's fables, invents fabrications of his own, is in debt to his bookie, and in love with a punk rocker. Alilo's old-country sweetness, in contrast with Mok's big-city neuroses, gets the attention of Fatoumata, a lovely African neighbor. Once Alilo gets the dresses, he must return to Algiers, but it seems he's only started to live: is there any way he can stay? 98 min. DVD X4758; vhs 999:3096
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A Summer in La Goulette (Halq al-Wadi; Un été à la Goulette) (Tunisia / France / Belgium, 1996)
Director, Férid Boughedir. Cast: Sonia Mankaï, Ava Cohen-Jonathan, Sarah Pariente, Mustapha Adouani, Guy Nataf, Gamil Ratib, Claudia Cardinale. Youssef is a Muslim, Jojo is Jewish and Giuseppi is an Italian Catholic, and they are best of friends until each of their daughters swears to lose their virginity by a certain date. To make matters worse, each daughter sets her sights on a boy of a different religion, thus challenging an inviolable taboo and causing a rift between their fathers. As the families resolve their differences, the Six Day War breaks out in the Middle East, which will divide Jews and Arabs the world over. 100 min. DVD X2510
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Viva Laldjérie (Viva Algeria) (France/Algeria, 2004)
Director, Nadir Moknèche. Cast: Lubna Azabal, Biyouna, Nadia Kaci, Jalil Naciri, Abbes Zahmani, Florence Giorgetti, Loun`es Tazairt, Akim Isker. Three Algerian women: a mother, her daughter, and a prostitute have been living in a hotel in the center of town amid creeping fundamentalism. Goucem, the daughter, has chosen a modern, emancipated life, spending steamy weekends in nightclubs. Fifi, her faithful friend, prostitutes herself under the thumb of a local protector. Papicha, the mother, eats pizzas in front of the television, torn between fear and nostalgia. 113 min. DVD 5350
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Abderrezak, Hakim. "The Modern Harem in Moknèche's Le Harem de Mme Osmane and Viva Laldjérie." The Journal of North African Studies, 1743-9345, Volume 12, Issue 3, 2007, Pages 347 - 368UC users only
Constable, Liz. "Hearing Cultures: Acoustic Architecture and Cinematic Soundscapes of Algiers in Merzak Allouache And Nadir Moknèche." Contemporary French Civilization, Winter/Spring2009, Vol. 33 Issue 1, P179-208, 30p; UC users only
Hamil, Mustapha. "Itineraries of Revival and Ambivalence in Postcolonial North African Cinema: From Benlyazid's Door to the Sky to Moknèche's Viva Laidgérie." African Studies Review, Dec2009, Vol. 52 Issue 3, p73-87, 15p UC users only
Serceau, Michel. "L'Algérie, les femmes, le terrorisme: sur deux films algériens récents, Le harem de Mme Osmane et L'autre monde." CinemAction; 2004 Issue 111, p146-151, 6p
"Viva Laldjérie." Cahiers du Cinéma, avr2006 supplement, p23-23

Vivre au Paradis (Living in Paradise) (France/Algeria, 1998)
Director, Bourlem Guerdjou. Set in France in 1961-1962 during the Algerian War, this drama presents a vivid account of the exploitation and political repression of an Algerian immigrant worker living in Paris in the squalid and miserable conditions of the shantytowns. He longs to see his family and brings them from Algeria to live with him in his makeshift hut -- with disastrous results. 105 min. vhs 999:3527
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Roberts, Katherine A. "Constrained Militants: Algerian Women 'in-between' in Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers and Bourlem Guerdjou's Living in Paradise." The Journal of North African Studies, 1743-9345, Volume 12, Issue 4, 2007, Pages 381 - 393 UC users only

Egypt

Alexandria Again and Forever (Iskanderiya kaman wa kaman) (1989)
Director, Youssef Chahine. Yehia joins a hunger protest which has brought together the entire Eqyptian filmmaking industry. As the strikers increase their demands, Yehia becomes increasingly attracted to Amir, a young actor whose film career he launched. Soon, however, Yehia's obsession is replaced by his infatuation with Nadia, the lovely ingenue he has decided to cast in his next film. 105 min. DVD 935
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Alexandria - Why? (Iskandariyah lih?) (1978)
An autobiographical film based on director Youssef Chahine's life beginning in 1942 during Hitler's struggle to wrest Egypt, especially the city Alexandria, from the British Army. Yehia, an aspiring actor, and his friends experience the impact of war. Yehia studies cinema in Alexandria, stages his first makeshift productions, and finally reaches the conclusion that his future lies in America. 125 min. DVD 8277; vhs 999:2714
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Bahbuh Afandi (Bahbouh Effendi) (1958)
Directed by Youssef Maalouf. A naive young man leaves his home village for Cairo in search of women and adventure. He meets Zahra in a night club and falls in love but they have to face the wicked schemes of the local gang. 78 min. DVD 4777
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Cairo Station (The Iron Gate) (Bab al-Hadid) (1958)
Directed by Youssef Chahine. A smoldering tale of life among the poor who live in Cairo's railroad station. "Reportedly (and understandably) Youssef Chahine's most popular film among Egyptians, this gritty and relatively early (1958) black-and-white masterpiece also features his most impressive acting turn, as a crippled news vendor working at the title railroad station. The adroit interweaving of various miniplots around the station is matched by a heady mix of moods and genres: at various junctures this movie becomes a musical, a slasher film, a neorealist drama, a comedy, and a horror film--come to think of it, it's pretty noir as well." [Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader] Special DVD features: "Cairo as seen by Chahine" featurette (1991, 24 min.); Biography; Filmography. 74 min. DVD X4360; vhs 999:2834
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Chased by the Dogs (al-Liss wa-al-kilab) (1962)
Directed by Kamal El Sheikh. This film inspired by the novelist Naguib Mahfouz, tells the story of Mahran, a thief who quickly ascends to be the head of his gang. However, his second in command conspires against Mahran to take his position and his wife. After his prison term, Mahran is thirsty for revenge. But being chased by the police and by his new enemies destines him to a tragic ending. 124 min. DVD 4361
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Dananir (Dananeer) (1955)
Directed by Ahmed Badrakhan. Set during the time of the Arabian Nights around the singer Dananeer who has a divine voice who's taken from the simple Bedouin desert life to the decadence and intrigues of the palaces. The songs performed in this film are regarded by critics as one of the highlights in her singing career. DVD. 90 min. DVD 4778
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Days and Nights (Ayyam wa-layali) (1955)
Directed by Henry Barakat. This timeless musical romance is about Abdel Halim who falls in love with the beautiful Iman but problems arise when he takes the blame for an accident his brother caused. Non-US format DVD. 110 min. DVD 3031
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The Destiny (al-Massir) (France / Egypt, 1997)
Directed by Youssef Chahine. In 12th century Andalousie, the great Islamic philosopher known throughout Europe as Averroes, first council to the calife, is recognized for his wisdom, tolerance and fairness. But he must confront powerful adversaries who use Islam in their quest for absolute conquest. 135 min. vhs 999:3178
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Gugler, Josef. "Destiny (Youssef Chahine): liberal and fundamentalist Islam clash amid the splendor of twelfth-century Andalusia." In: Film in the Middle East and North Africa : creative dissidence / edited by Josef Gugler. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.M53 F55 2011)
Hoffman, Don. "Chahine’s Destiny: Prophetic Nostalgia and the Other Middle Ages." In: Race, class, and gender in "medieval" cinema / edited by Lynn T. Ramey and Tison Pugh. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007 (Main Stack PN1995.9.M52.R33 2007)
Khouri, Malek. "Anxieties of fundamentalism and the dynamics of modernist resistance: Youssef Chahine's Al Maseer (The Destiny).(Critical essay)." CineAction 69 (Spring 2006): 12(12).
Ramey, Lynn. "Chahine's Destiny: Prophetic Nostalgia and the Other Middle Ages." In: Filming the Other Middle Ages Gordonsville, VA: Palgrave Macmillan (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])

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Dreams of Hind and Camilia (Ahlam Hind wa Kamilah) (Egypt, 1989)
Directed by al-Qalla Husayn. Two early middle-aged women struggle to survive between the harsh working conditions in Cairo slums and their abusive or worthless husbands and boyfriends. 120 min. vhs 999:589
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The Earth (Al-Ard) (1969)
Director, Youssef Chahine. In a small village in Egypt peasants encounter problems in getting enough water to irrigate their fields and struggle against the local landowner, who decides to appropriate part of their land to build a road to his new estate. 130 min. vhs 999:2835
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An Egyptian Story (al-Dhakira) (1982)
Directed by Youssef Chahine. Yehia, now a famous Egyptian director, becomes ill with a heart condition that requires surgery. During the operation, a child embodying his conscience accuses him of betraying his ideals. A trial ensues, in which various witnesses testify about "the defendant." Yehia is forced to confront hidden feelings involving his life, work and country. The child conscience loses the trial, and a redundant organ is expelled from Yehia's body. Will he survive the ordeal? 127 min. DVD 921
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Fall of Baghdad (Laylat suqut Baghdad) (2005)
Directed by Muhammad Amin. The story of an average Egyptian family living through devastating conditions as seen by a young woman. Meanwhile, her school teacher father, convinced the Americans are about to invade Egypt, appoints his prize student to develop a national super weapon. 105 min. DVD 8439

Generations Struggle (Seraa al ahfad) (1989)
Directed by Abdel Latif Zaky. Cast: Nur al-Sharif, Nura, Salah al-Sadani, al-Sayyid Radi, Hasan Husni, Faridah Sayf al-Nasr. The story of grandsons who fight over the fortune of their deceased grandfather who has willed his entire fortune to the one who is most "successful." 122 min. DVD 8440
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A Cigarette and a Glass (Sigarah wa kas) (1955)
Directed by Niazi Mostafa. Cast: Samia Gamal, Nabil El-Alfy, Sirag Mounir, Dalida, Kouka. Melodrama about a famous dancer who marries a handsome young doctor. Their marriage is threatened when the doctor's scheming Italian nurse makes the wife jealous, which drives her to drink. Special features: Filmographies for Niazi Mostafa, Samia Gamal and Dalida, advertising and direct links to the musical numbers. 112 min. DVD X4860
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Hassan and Naima (Hassan wa-Naima) (1959)
Directed by Henry Barakat. Based on a traditional Egyptian folktale, a troubadour singer falls in love with the daughter of a rich farmer. They are torn between love and tradition. Non-US format DVD. 98 min. DVD 3025
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Honeymoon Without Disturbance (Chahr assal bidoun ezaag) (1968)
Directed by Abdel Moneim Shoukry. Cast: Hasan Yusuf, Nahid Sharif, Muhammad Awad, Amin Hunaydi, Hasan Hamid. A young doctor marries a young girl despite her father's objections, but the father must then protect the doctor from his own arch rival, who has just been released from prison and is seeking revenge. 92 min. DVD 8437
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I Am Free (Ana Hurrah) (1959)
Directed by Salah Abouseif. This classic film is about an Egyptian girl who takes her destiny in her own hands in spite of the rigid and conservative society. A bold film with profound political and social insights. Non-US format DVD. 110 min. DVD 3024
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The Inspector General (Al-Mufattish al-Amm) (1956)
Director unknown. Based on a a hilarious comedy by the king of comedy Ismail Yassin. This rarely seen film is set around a case of mistaken identity. A town is terrorized by an exploitative mayor. The whole town is turned upside down when a stranger gets mistaken for a general inspector who comes to investigate the villager's complaints. Everyone tries to win him over. Non-US format DVD. 110 min. DVD 3026

Ismail Yassin for Sale (Ismail Yassine lal baie) (1959)
Directed by Houssam El-Din Mustafa. Cast: Ismail Yasin, Fayruz, Thurya Hilmi, Suad Mikawi, Salah Nazmi, Said Abu Bakr. Ismail, a poor unemployed man, helps a suicidal girl and ends up being accused by her family of sleeping with her and there is no way out except to marry her. 104 min. DVD 8441
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Love and Revenge (Gharam wa-intiqam) (1944)
Directed by Youssef Wahby. Cast: Asmahan, Yusif Wahbi, Anwar Wajdi, Bishara Wakim, Mahmud al-Miliji, Zuzu Madi. A woman (Asmahan) takes revenge on the man she thinks killed her husband, but falls in love with him in the process. During the shooting, the lead actress (Asmahan) died in a car accident, requiring the filmmakers to change the ending. Non-US format DVD. 115 min. DVD 3034
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A Man In Our House (Fi baytina rajul) (1961)
Directed by Henry Barakat.Set prior to the 1952 revolution, a member of an underground resistance group seeks refuge from the political police with a civil servant and his family. Non-US format DVD. 159 min. DVD 3035
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The Melody of Loyalty (Lahn al-wafaa) (1955)
Directed by Ibrahim Emara. Originally produced in 1955. A musical about an aspiring young singer and his uncle, who fall in love with the same chorus girl. 134 min. DVD 3023
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Le Moineau (Egypt/Algeria, 1973)
Directed by Youssef Chahine. Set shortly before and during the Six Day War in June 1967, the film follows a young police officer stationed in a small village in Upper Egypt, whose inhabitants suffer from the harassment of a corrupt businessman. He crosses paths with a journalist who is investigating the theft of weapons and machinery by high officials and together they seek to uncover this circle of black marketeers. During the inquiries, however, war breaks out and Nasser announces his resignation. 100 min. vhs 999:2872
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Nasser 56 (1996)
Directed by Mohamed Fadel. Cast: Ahmed Zaki, Fardous Abdel Hamid, Hassan Hosny, Ahmed Maher, Hani Ramzi. A docudrama presentation including vintage newsreel footage of the events surrounding the 1956 nationalization of the Suez Canal by Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. 140 min. Video/C 5593
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Gordon, Joel. "Film, Fame, and Public Memory: Egyptian Biopics From Mustafa Kamil to Nasser 56." International Journal of Middle East Studies 1999 31(1): 61-79. UC users only

Princess Aziza (Al-Safirah Azizah) (1961)
Directed by Tolba Radwan. Romantic comedy about a husband who has to get back his wife's inheritance from her vicious brother. Non-US format DVD. 94 min. DVD 3032
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Puppet Player (al-Aragouz) (1989)
Directed by Hany Lasheen. Cast: Omar Sharif, Mirvat Amin, Hisham Salim, Abd al-Azim Adb al-Haqq. The story is of Mohamed, an itinerant puppeteer, "buffoon," and political gadfly, and his son Bahlool, who goes to university and later becomes a politician. Mohamed remarries; his second wife runs a carnival target-shoot, and they travel and share adventures. 125 min. vhs 999:590
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Reckless Husbands (Azwaj taishun) (1976)
Two husbands suffer the neglect of their wives and try to cope in their own way with a problem that is common in modern society. 98 min. DVD 4516

Remember Me (Udhkurini) (1978)
This film, based on the novel by the Youssef El Sebaii (Bayn El Atlal), is the best cinematic adaptation of the timeless tale of a great love story about a romance that is passed on from one generation to the next. 100 min. DVD 4362

The Ruined Honeymoon (Shahr asal basal) (1960)
Directed by Essa Karama. Cast: Ismail Yasin, Kariman, Mari Munib, Najwa Fuad. In this comic feature Ismail proposes marriage to his neighbor Samiyah, but her mother Sharbat opposes the marriage. After a while the mother approves and after their marriage Ismail and Samiyah move to Cairo. During their honeymoon, Ismail's mother-in-law visits them and and he tries to find any solution he can to get rid of her. Non-US format DVD. 94 min. DVD 3033
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Saladin (Al-Nasir Salah al-Din) (1963)
Director, Youssef Chahine. In the 12th century, Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, unites the Arab nation, liberates Jerusalem from its European captors, and defeats the Crusaders. After his success Saladin pledges that Arab Jerusalem will remain open to all pilgrims, whatever their religion. The love interest in the subplot sees the union of a female Crusader and Saladin's Christian Arab lieutenant. 145 min. vhs 999:3319
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John M. Ganim. "Reversing the crusades: hegemony, orientalism, and film language in Youssef Chahine's Saladin." In: Race, class, and gender in "medieval" cinema / edited by Lynn T. Ramey and Tison Pugh. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007 (Main Stack PN1995.9.M52.R33 2007)
Ramey, Lynn. "Reversing the Crusades: Hegemony, Orientalism, and Film Language in Youssef Chahine’s Saladin." In: Filming the Other Middle Ages Gordonsville, VA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007 (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])

Sleepless (La anam) (1957)
Directed by Salah Abouseif. In this melodrama set in 1950s upper class Egypt, a spoiled rich girl becomes jealous after her father marries the perfect faithful woman. Feeling that God is punishing her for her misdeads, she is living a love story with a man twice her age. 121 min. DVD 4518
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Trouble maker (Ghawi mashakil) (1980)
Directed by Ahmad Abd al-Wahhab. Cast: Adil Imam, Nura, Muhammad Rida, Isad Yunis, Faruq al-Fishawi. A runaway girl becomes involved with a man and his grandmother, who mistakes the girl for her own daughter-in-law. 106 min. DVD 8438

Wedad (Widad) (1962)
Directed by Ahmed Badrakhan, Fritz Kramp, and Gamal Madkoor. A dramatic musical work about a love story between Widad the singer girl slave and her master Bahir during the Mamelukes era. The robbers stole his convoy and he lost his trade. The creditors hounded him for their debts so he sold Widad. Missing him, she suffered and sang only sad songs to her new master. After awhile Bahir recovered his trade and became rich so he bought Widad from her new master who readily agreed because of her permenant sadly appearence. 99 min. DVD 4517
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Wife Number 13 (al-Zawjah 13; Al zouga talattashar) (1961)
Directed by Fatin Abdel Wahab. Cast: Shadiyah, Rushdi Abazah, Hasan Fayiq, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Zaynab Sidqi, Shuwaykar, Widad Hamdi. This Arabian nights story of the 13th wife is updated to modern times. Murad Salim plays a rich playboy who pursues Aida, who, after resisting, marries him not knowing that she is his 13th wife. When the previously would-be 13th wife arrives, they hatch a plot with the other wives to make him pay. Based on one of the Arabian nights stories. 115 min. DVD 4360
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Iran and Iraq

Survey Catalogue and Brief Critical History of Iranian Film (1896-1975)(via University of Washington)

The Actor (Honarpisheh) (Iran, 1993)
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. A wild comedy of marital discord in which a popular film actor, who longs to be a serious actor, has become wealthy making mindless commercially liked comedies. Meanwhile, his wife has become obsessed with her inability to have a child and insists that Akbar take a second wife, a mute waif of a gypsy girl who will disappear after being well paid for providing them with an infant. 88 min. vhs 999:29
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The Apple (Sib) (Iran, 1997)
Director, Samira Makhmalbaf. An amazing true story directed by the daughter of the Iranian producer/director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. In a poor area of Tehran, some people inform the local welfare authorities that one of their neighbors is keeping his twin 11-year-old girls, Zahra and Masume locked up in his house and they have been living virtually as prisoners of their poor father and blind mother. 84 min. vhs 999:3079
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Cardullo, Robert James. "The Apple." The Hudson Review 52.4 (Wntr 2000): 649(8).
Danks, Adrian. "The House that Mohsen Built: The Films of Samira Makhmalbaf and Marzieh Meshinki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 22, September 2002
Johnson, W. "The apple." Film Quarterly v. 53 no. 2 (Winter 1999/2000) p. 47-9
Matthews, Irene. "The Apple. (Film Review)." International Journal of Humanities and Peace 17.1 (Annual 2001): 102(2).
Moore, Lindsey. "Women in a Widening Frame: (Cross-)Cultural Projection, Spectatorship, and Iranian Cinema." Camera Obscura no. 59 (2005) p. 1-33 UC users only
Whatley, Sheri. "Iranian Women Film Directors: A Clever Activism." Off Our Backs; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 33 Issue 3/4, p30, 3p UC users only

At Five in the Afternoon (Panj e asr) (Iran, 2003)
Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. Cast: Agheleh Rezaie, Abdolgani Yousefrazi, Razi Mohebi, Marzieh Amiri. Set in the ruined city of Kabul after the fall of the Taliban regime, tells the story of Noqreh, a young woman eager to take advantage of the new freedoms afforded to women. Despite her father's wishes that she receive only a traditional religious education, Noqreh also attends a secular school for girls, where she is encouraged to high aspirations. But the harsh reality of survival in a country devastated by war threaten her dreams and aspirations. Non-US format DVD (PAL region 2). 102 min. DVD 3676
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Danks, Adrian. "The House that Mohsen Built: The Films of Samira Makhmalbaf and Marzieh Meshinki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 22, pp. (no pagination), September 2002
McGill, Hannah; Kemp, Philip. "Iranian House Style." Sight & Sound v. ns14 no. 4 (April 2004) p. 32-4, 43
Whatley, Sheri. "Iranian Women Film Directors: A Clever Activism." Off Our Backs; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 33 Issue 3/4, p30, 3p UC users only

Baran (Iran, 2001)
Director, Majid Majidi. A moving and humorous love story of illegal Afghan immigrants living and working at a construction site in Tehran, Iran. When one of the workers is injured,his daughter, posing as a man, becomes the breadwinner. But a hot-headed 17 year-old local youth also working at the site discovers the secret. 96 min. DVD 2059
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Bashu: The Little Stranger (Iran, 1990)
Directed by Bahram Beizai. One of an increasing number of Iranian films arriving in the United States in the wake of the Ayatolla Khomeini's death, this deceptively simple tale of a young boy orphaned by the Iran-Iraq War was made under government sponsorship but banned, presumably for its pacifist sentiments. Bashu offers eloquent universal messages about racial tolerance and the strength of the family. 115 min. vhs 999:3075
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Naficy, Hamid. "Selected Filmography: Bashu: The Little Stranger." American Anthropologist; Sep95, Vol. 97 Issue 3, p551, 2p UC users only
Rahimieh, Nasrin. "Framing Iran: A Contrapuntal Analysis of Two Cinematic Representations of Postrevolutionary Iran." Edebiyat: Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures; Dec98, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p249, 27p UC users only

Blackboards (Takhte siah) (Iran, 2000)
Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. Follows a group of teachers who, after a bombing in Iranian Kurdistan, wander from one city to the next in search of students they can teach. Along the way they encounter many people of various ages and walks of life in an against-all-odds effort to help and share knowledge with anyone who is willing to learn. 85 min. DVD 3386; vhs 999:3296
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Comb, R. "Blackboards." Film Comment v. 38 no. 5 (September/October 2002) p. 74, 76 UC users only
Danks, Adrian. "The House that Mohsen Built: The Films of Samira Makhmalbaf and Marzieh Meshinki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 22, pp. (no pagination), September 2002
Dan Georgakas. "Blackboards" Cineaste. Spring 2003. Vol. 28, Iss. 2; p. 64 UC users only
Mulvey, Laura. "Gimme shelter." Sight and Sound 11.1 (Jan 2001): 26(3)
Romney, Jonathan. "Blackboards." Sight and Sound 11.1 (Jan 2001): 41(2).
Whatley, Sheri. "Iranian Women Film Directors: A Clever Activism." Off Our Backs; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 33 Issue 3/4, p30, 3p UC users only

Boycott (Baycot) (Iran, 1985)
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Set in the period just prior to the Islamic Revolution the story is inspired by the filmmakers's own painful experiences. Valeh, a member of a leftist organization, is arrested and sentenced to death. In prison, he reconsiders his beliefs and comes to doubt the validity of the ideas for which he is condemned. At the same time, his prison comrades are pressuring him to make a sacrifice for their cause. 85 min. vhs 999:2967
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Ceasefire (Atash bas) (Iran, 2006)
Director, Tahmineh Milani. Cast: Mohammad Reza Golzar, Mahnaz Afshar, Atila Pesyani, Keikavous Yakideh, Nilufar Khosh Kholgh. An Iranian romantic comedy concerning a newlywed couple who hit a rough patch early on as they attempt to learn how to communicate with each other. Soon the wife goes to a psychiatrist in order to help counsel her through the problems. 105 min. DVD 973
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Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman) (Iran, 1997)
Director, Majid Majidi. A young boy, Ali, loses his sister Zahra's school shoes. In order to stay out of trouble, the two come up with a plan to share Ali's shoes, but they must keep it a secret from their parents. 88 min. DVD 2061
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The Circle (Il Cerchio) (Iran, 2000)
Director, Jafar Panahi. This drama offers insights into the lives of women in Iran. As the narrative dynamically shifts from woman to woman, their stories culminate with tremendous potency, transforming a shared sense of despair and injustice into one of kinship and even hope. 87 min. DVD 973
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Awards

National Board of Review, USA - Freedom of Expression Award
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Arthur, Paul. "No Way Out." Film Comment, Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p22, 4p, UC users only
Atebbai, Mohammad. "Why the new film 'The Circle' from Jafar Panahi, director of 'The White Balloon,' is a breakthrough for Iranian cinema--and why they banned it." Film Comment. Jul/Aug 2000. Vol. 36, Iss. 4; p. 14 (2 pages) UC users only
Johnson, William. "The Circle." Film Quarterly Spring 2001, Vol. 54, No. 3, Pages 53-56 UC users only
Moore, Lindsey. "Women in a Widening Frame: (Cross-)Cultural Projection, Spectatorship, and Iranian Cinema." Camera Obscura; May2005, Vol. 20 Issue 59, preceding p1-33, 34p UC users only
Niazi, Sarah. "Urban Imaginations And The Cinema Of Jafar Panahi." Wide Screen Vol 1, Issue 2, June 2010

Circumstance (Iran, 2011)
Director, Maryam Keshavarz. Cast: Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai. A provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture filled with sex, drugs and defiance. This suspenseful tale of love and defiance unfolds as a wealthy family struggles to contain their teenage daughter's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession. 106 min. DVD X6869
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Close-Up (Nema-ye Nazdik) (Iran, 1990)
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. At the heart of this true story is Hossein Sabzian, an unemployed movie buff who finds himself mistaken for the enigmatic Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The misunderstanding takes on a life of its own and Sabzian ends up in jail where his trial is documented by the screenwriter/director Abbas Kiarostami. 94 min. DVD 3387; vhs 999:3082
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The Colour of Paradise (Rang-e khoda) (Iran, 1999)
Director, Majid Majidi. Mohammad joyfully returns to his tiny village on summer vacation from the Institute for the Blind in Tehran, unaware of his father's intentions to disown him. Engaged to be married, the widowed man has kept Mohammad a secret from his fiancee, certain the boy'sdisability will destroy his only chance for happiness. With the wedding swiftly approaching Mohammad's future hangs precariously in the balance as his fatherstruggles against his destiny, unable to see the wonder of life and love that's so clear to his son. 90 min. DVD 2060
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The Cow (Gav) (Iran, 1986)
Directed by Dariush Mehrjui. Cast: Izzat Alla-h Intiza-mi, Ali- Nasi-riya-n, Jamshi-d Masha-yikhi, Ismat Safavi, Khusru- Shuja-za-dah, Jafar Va-li, Parvi-z Fani-zadah. Hasan, a peasant, is the only one in his small and poor village lucky enough to own a cow. He spoils the cow like a child and lives in perpetual fear that the inhabitants of a neighboring and hostile village will steal his cow. One day, when Hasan is out of the village at work, the cow dies. The villagers bury the cow and tell Hasan it wandered off. Hasan can't believe it. In his sorrow and astonishment, he takes the place of his cow. Based upon the work by Ghula-m Husayn Sa-idi. 100 min. DVD X4395; vhs 999:3084
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Dönmez-Colin, Gönül. "Dariush Mehrjui: From Social Realism to Dramas of the Interior." In: Cinemas of the other : a personal journey with film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia / Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR, USA : Intellect, c2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1993.5.M638 D66 2006)

Crimson Gold (Talaye sorkh) (Iran, 2003)
Director Jafar Panahi; written by Abbas Kiarostami. This is a story of Hussein, a humble pizza deliveryman who feels continually humiliated by the injustices he sees all around him. When his friend Ali finds a receipt for a stranger's necklace purchase, Hussein is stunned by its exceptionally high cost. He knows that his pitiful salary will never be enough to afford such a luxury. Soon after, he and Ali are refused entry to an uptown jewelry store because of their scruffy appearances; his rage over this slight sets off a series of events. But, Hussein will taste the luxurious life for one night before his deep feelings of humiliation push him over the edge. 97 min. DVD 3487
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Combs, Richard. "Crimson Gold." Film Comment, Jan/Feb2004, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p73-74, 2p, UC users only
Garcia, Maria. "Crimson Gold." Film Journal International, Jan2004, Vol. 107 Issue 1, p41-42, 2p UC users only
Hamid, Rahul. "Crimson Gold." Cineaste, Summer2004, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p49-57, 2p UC users only
Klawans, Stuart. "The Hunt for Hussein." Nation; 2/2/2004, Vol. 278 Issue 4, p32-34, 3p UC users only
Lane, Anthony. "Crimson Gold." New Yorker, 1/26/2004, Vol. 79 Issue 44, p17-18, 1/8p
Niazi, Sarah. "Urban Imaginations And The Cinema Of Jafar Panahi." Wide Screen Vol 1, Issue 2, June 2010

The Cyclist (Bicycleran) (Iran, 1989)
Writer, director, and editor, Muhsin Makhmalbaf. Nazim, formerly a cyclist, but now a lowly Afghan guest worker in Iran, must overcome many obstacles in his attempt to ride a bicycle continuously for seven days and nights, in order to obtain money to pay for medical care for his desperately ill wife. "Made between The Peddler and Marriage of the Blessed, this 1989 Iranian feature by the highly talented Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a filmmaker comparable in some ways to Martin Scorsese, follows the exploitation of an Afghan refugee who embarks on a bicycle marathon in order to raise money for his wife's medical expenses. A searing expressionist work about man's inhumanity, filmed in a hypnotic and feverish style. With Moharram Zaynalzadeh and Esmail Soltanian." [Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader] 75 min. DVD 3385; vhs 999:1716
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Daughters of the Sun (Dokhtaran khorshid) (Iran, 2000)
Director Maryam Shahriar. Amanagol, the daughter of a poor rural family in Iran, becomes Aman when her father shaves her head, disguises her as a boy, and dispatches her to another village to work weaving carpets. Her secret is jeopardized when a co-worker falls in love with her. 92 min. DVD 3330
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Day Break (Dam e sobh) (2006)
Directed by Hamid Rahmanian. Cast: Hossein Yari, Zabi Afshar, Hoda Nasseh, Atash Taghipour, Maryan Amirjallali. In Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender's life. Day Break, based on a compilation of true stories and shot inside Tehran's century-old prison, revolves around the imminent execution of Mansour, a man found guilty of murder. When the family of the victim repeatedly fails to show up on the appointed day, Mansour's execution is postponed again and again. Stuck inside the purgatory of his own mind, he waits as time passes on without him, caught between life and death, retribution and forgiveness. 85 min. DVD 6318
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The Day I Became a Woman (Roozi keh zan shodam) (Iran, 2000)
Director, Marziyeh Meshkini; script, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. A drama revolving around three portraits of women at three stages of life in Iran: A nine-year-old girl told she can no longer play with boys because she is now a "woman", a young woman who enters a bicycle race against her husband's wishes, and an old woman who gains money and the freedom to do what she wishes with it. 78 min. DVD 4688
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Best First Film; UNESCO Award

Langford, Michelle. "Allegory and the Aesthetics of Becoming-Woman in Marziyeh Meshkini's The Day I Became a Woman." Camera Obscura, Jan2007, Vol. 22 Issue 64, p1-41, 42pUC users only

Delbaran (Iran / Japan, 2001)
Director, Abolfazl Jalili. Cast: Kaim Alizadeh, Rahmatollah Ebrahimi, Hossein Hashemian, Ahmad Mahdavi. Young Kaim drifts to the Delbaran crossing on the Afghan-Iran border, finding work at a coffee shop frequented by truck drivers. As we watch Kaim run from one task to another day after day, we soon realize that he is being cheated out of his childhood. Based on a story by Reza Saberi. 96 min. DVD X1399
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Dönmez-Colin, Gönül. "Abolfazl Jalili: Treading the Thin Line: Fiction as Documentary." In: Cinemas of the other : a personal journey with film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia / Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR, USA : Intellect, c2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1993.5.M638 D66 2006)

Deserted Station (Istgah-Matrouk)(Iran, 2002)
Directed by Alireza Raisian. Cast: Leila Hatami, Nezam Manouchehri, Mehran Rajabi, Mahmoud Pak Niyat. A photographer and his young wife are stranded in a remote village after their car breaks down. The only adult inhabitant leaves with the photographer to find help, leaving the woman to teach the village children, whose parents are nowhere to be found. 88 min. DVD X3411
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Five: 5 Long Takes Dedicated to Yasujiro Ozu (Iran / Japan / France, 2003)
Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami pays homage to Yasujiro Ozu, the brilliant Japanese filmmaker whose spare but evocative style has been a major influence on Kiarostami's work. Canny and sublime, the film is comprised of five long, apparently single takes of a beach on the Caspian Sea, all focusing on the ocean, comprised of virtually no camera movement and enveloped in rapturous natural sound. Richly poetic and shot on a hand-held DV camera, the film features five extended, apparently single-take sequences. One: The camera accompanies a piece of wood with which the waves are toying at the beach. Two: People are walking along by the seaside. Older people stop, look at the waves, then walk away. Three: Indistinct shapes on a beach in winter. A group of dogs. A love story. Four: Ducks noisily cross the frame in one direction, then the other. Five: A pond; nighttime; frogs; a chorus of sounds, then a storm, and finally dawn. Special features: 2 films: Around five: Abbas Kiarostami's reflections on film and The making of Five. In Iranian with English subtitles. 74 min. DVD 8221
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Gabbeh (Iran, 1996)
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. A folkloric carpet (Gabbeh), picturing a man and a woman riding away on horseback, is the prized possession of an elderly nomadic couple. When they wash it a beautiful young woman emerges from the carpet to reveal its mystical secrets. With its dream-like twists this tone poem is notable for its exquisite interludes on the colors of nature with landscapes and vistas of breathtaking beauty. 75 min. DVD 9150; vhs 999:3064
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Hamoun: The Desert (Iran, 1991)
Director, Dariush Mehrjui. Cast: Khosro Shakibai, Ezatollah Entezami, H. Sersher, Bita Farahi. The story of Hamid Hamoun, an executive in a large import-export business, who also works as a part-time English instructor. He feels alienated from Iranian society, bound by its conventions yet unwilling to abide by its rigid laws. His wife wants to divorce him but is unable to do so under Islamic law. In this film, husband and wife struggle to find their own solid ground. 107 min. DVDX3337; vhs 999:3278
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Dönmez-Colin, Gönül. "Dariush Mehrjui: From Social Realism to Dramas of the Interior." In: Cinemas of the other : a personal journey with film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia / Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR, USA : Intellect, c2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1993.5.M638 D66 2006)

The Hidden Half (Nimeh-ye penhan) (Iran, 2001)
Director, Tahmineh Milani. Khosro is sent from the president's office on a fact-finding mission to Shiraz, to investigate the complaints of a female political prisoner awaiting execution. Khosro's wife Fereshteh, being of the same generation as the prisoner, decides to do something about her situation. Fereshteh writes of her own participation in the revolution of 1980, of which her husband is unaware. In his hotel room in Shiraz, Khosro begins to read his wife's memoirs the night before he is to visit the prisoner. 108 min. DVD 1846; vhs 999:3293
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Azimi, Fakhreddin. "The hidden half (Tahmineh Milani): love, idealism, and politics." In: Film in the Middle East and North Africa : creative dissidence / edited by Josef Gugler. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.M53 F55 2011)

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The House is Black (Khanah siyah ast)(Documentary, Iran)
Directed by Forough Farrokhzad. 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." 1962. 22 min. DVD 3529

Images from the Qajar Dynasty (Documentary. Iran, 1992)
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. A short documentary made while the filmmaker was preparing his acclaimed feature Once upon a Time, Cinema. The Qajar (aka Ghajar) family ruled Iran from 1785-1925. The film shows rare photos and early films shot at the Shah's court, along with family portraits. 18 min. (With "School Blown Away by the Wind.") DVD 3529; vhs 999:2968
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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

Jiyan (Iraq/USA, 2002)
Directed by Jano Rosebiani. Cast: Kurdo Galali, Enwer Shexani, Coman Hawrami, Derya Qadir, Ehmed Salar, Nasir Hesen, Pisheng Berzinci. Five years following the infamous chemical and biological bombing of Halabja, Diyari, a Kurdish/ American good Samaritan, returns to his homeland to build an orphanage in what is left of Halabja. He meets Jiyan, a ten-year old orphan and survivor of the chemical attack doomed to live with a burn scar covering most of her right cheek. A strong bond between the two ensues and later he names his orphanage after her. 93 min. DVD 6610
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Kandahar: Journey into the Heart of Afghanistan (Safar e Ghandehar) (Iran, 2001)
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Cast: Niloufar Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Sadou Teymouri, Hoyatala Hakimi. Inspired by the true story of Nafas, an Afghan-born Canadian journalist who returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to reach her sister who, overcome with grief after being injured by a landmine and despairing over the Taliban's oppression of women, has vowed that she will commit suicide. Clothed in the traditional burka, Nafas enters Afghanistan where she encounters bandits, corpse-robbers, marooned exiles, overwhelmed Red Cross workers, and hordes of land-mine victims. 85 min. DVD 1616
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
National Board of Review, USA - Freedom of Expression Award

The Key (Kelid) (Iran, 1986)
Director, Ebrahim Forouzesh. Humor, pathos and suspense inform this story of a four-year-old, Amir Mohammad, and an infant left home alone while their mother runs out to do some shopping. A worried neighbor tries to enter the apartment, but the door is locked from the outside. Amir cannot find the spare key and must cope on his own. Tension mounts as minor crisis piles on crisis as frantic neighbors yell advice to the resourceful youngster. In Farsi, with English subtitles. 76 min. vhs 999:1715
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Kilomètre zéro (France | Iraq | Finland, 2005 )
Director, Hiner Saleem. Cast: Nazmî Kirik, Eyam Ekrem, Belcim Bilgin, Ehmed Qeladizeni, Nezar Salami. A Kurdish soldier and an Iraqi taxi driver work together to return the body of a fallen soldier to his family. The family happens to live on the other side of the country. 96 min. DVD X3328
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The Last Supper (Shaam-e-akhar) (Iran, 2002)
Director, Fereydoun Jeyrani. Cast: Katayoun Riahi, Mohammad Rezagolzar, Sorayya Ghasemi, Atila Pesiani, Haniye Tavassou. After 26 years of marriage, a professor of architecture divorces her husband, encouraged by her daughter. When a handsome young student enters the picture, the bonds between the mother and daughter are stretched beyond the breaking point. 96 min. DVD 3842
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The Legend of Sigh (Afsane-ye-ah) (Iran, 1991)
Director, Tahmineh Milani. According to Iranian legend, Ah is a handsome young man who materializes to succor those in need whenever he hears a heartfelt sigh. With the help of Ah, a woman novelist suffering from writer's block experiences the lives of four women from different social strata. Presents a fascinating portrait of a range of Iranian women and their problems. 96 min. vhs 999:3297
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Leila (Iran, 1997)
Directed by Dariush Mehrjoui. Cast: Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, Jamileh Sheikhi, Amir Payvar, Mohammad Reza Sharifinia, Turan Mehrzad, Shaqayeq Farahani. Reza and Leila, an attractive and affluent young couple deeply in love and recently married, discover that Leila is unable to conceive. Although Reza steadfastly insists that it matters not in the least, his mother feels otherwise: she is determined that her son have children and continue the family line. Invoking traditions, she convinces her daughter-in-law that Reza must, out of necessity, take a second wife to produce an heir. A portrayal of the clash between tradition and modern marriage in Iran. 102 min. DVD 8994; vhs 999:2405
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Dönmez-Colin, Gönül. "Dariush Mehrjui: From Social Realism to Dramas of the Interior." In: Cinemas of the other : a personal journey with film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia / Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR, USA : Intellect, c2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1993.5.M638 D66 2006)

Life and Nothing More (Zendegi va digar hich) (Iran, 1992)
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. An Iranian father and son travel to Quoker and meet earthquake survivors who desperately and valiantly work to reconstruct their lives. The film investigates the aftermath of a devastating 1990 earthquake which killed some 50,000 people in northern Iran. In Farsi with English subtitles. 91 min. vhs 999:1714
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The Lodgers (Ijarihnishinha) (Iran, 1986)
Directed by Dariush Mehrjui. In this social satire comedy from Iran the landlord of a new apartment building in a suburb of Tehran dies, leaving the ownership of the building up for grabs under Iran's "heir-uncertain" law. The apartment manager transfers the title of the building to his name and tries to evict the tenants, but they won't budge. The manager then refuses to make any repairs on the building. When the tenants take matters into their own hands, their world literally comes crashing down on them. 115 min. vhs 999:3076
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Dönmez-Colin, Gönül. "Dariush Mehrjui: From Social Realism to Dramas of the Interior." In: Cinemas of the other : a personal journey with film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia / Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR, USA : Intellect, c2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1993.5.M638 D66 2006)

Marmulak Lizard (Iran, 2002)
Directed by Kamal Tabrizi. Cast: Rena Azadvar, Mehran Najafi, Shahrokh Forutanian, Parviz Parastouie. Tells the tale of a thief, who in his quest to escape from prison, discovers that the action of a man is important and not his garb, and even a thief can inspire people to do good for their fellow man. Banned in Iran for controversial content. 117 min. DVD 4788
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Marooned in Iraq (Avazhaye sarzamine madariyam; Gomgashtei dar Aragh) (Iran, 2002)
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi. Cast: Shahab Ebrahimi, Allah-Morad Rashtian, Faegh Mohammadi, Iran Ghobadi. During the Iran-Iraq war, an aging Iranian-Kurd musician hears that his wife, a singer with a magical voice, who deserted him for his best friend and fled to Iraq, is in trouble. He cons his two sons into accompanying him on the search and they embark on an adventure filled with music, romance and danger. 97 min. DVD 3479
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Marriage of the Blessed (Arusi-ye Khuban) (Iran, 1989)
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Haji, a shell-shocked veteran of the Iran-Iraq war, struggles to find meaning in his life when he returns to his job as a photojournalist. Disturbed by the contrast between the soldiers sacrificing their lives and the indifference of the local population of Tehran, he sinks into depression. Mehri, his fiancee, hopes to speed his recovery by hastening their wedding, but they find they must defy the hyprocrisy of their families and authorities as they strive to create a life together. 70 min. vhs 999:2969
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Egan, Eric. "Marriage of the blessed (Mohsen Makhmalbaf): the wounds of war and the betrayal of the revolution." In: Film in the Middle East and North Africa : creative dissidence / edited by Josef Gugler. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.M53 F55 2011)

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The May Lady (Banu-yi Urdibihisht) (Iran, 2002)
Directed by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad. Cast: Minoo Farshchi, Mani Kasraian, Golab Adineh, Atefeh Razavi, Nayereh Farahani. A successful Iranian documentary filmmaker lives with her teenage son. Her family life is beset with problems, which become more complicated when she meets a man. At the same time, she is making a film on exemplary mothers, she finds that finishing the film might provide answers for her personal life. 86 min. DVD 3480
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Men at Work (Kargaran mashghoole karand)) (Iran, 1996)
Directed by Mani Haghighi. Cast: Atila Pesyani, Mahoud Kalari, Ahmad Hamed, Omid Rohani, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, Reza Kianian, Mahnaz Afshar. Men at work: A comedy about four old friends who, driving back from a failed ski trip, encounter a strange and enormous rock by the side of the road above a lake. The men's frivolous attempt to dislodge the rock gradually disintegrates into a tale of betrayal, defeat and renewed hope. 77 min. DVD 6508
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The Mirror (Ayneh) (Iran, 1997)
Directed by Jafar Panahi. Cast: Mina Mohamad-Khani, M. Shirzad, Kazem Mojdehi, T. Samadpour, N. Omoumi. When Mina's mother fails to pick her up after school in Tehran, the little girl sets off by herself and is thrust into a perilous adventure in an adult world. 97 min. DVD 7233
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Dönmez-Colin, Gönül. "Jafar Panahi: A Place of Their Own." In: Cinemas of the other : a personal journey with film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia / Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR, USA : Intellect, c2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1993.5.M638 D66 2006)
Niazi, Sarah. "Urban Imaginations And The Cinema Of Jafar Panahi." Wide Screen Vol 1, Issue 2, June 2010

Moment of Innocence (Noon Va Goldoon) (aka Time of Innocence; Bread and flower) (Iran, 1996)
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Based on true events, film director Makhmalbaf at age 17 while a member of an anti-Shah militant group, attacked a policeman in an attempt to steal his gun. He stabbed the officer with a knife and took a bullet in return. The policeman went to the hospital; Makhmalbaf went to a torture chamber hosted by the dreaded SAVAK secret police. He stayed there until the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Twenty years later, the filmmaker placed an ad in the paper to recruit actors for Salaam Cinema. The same wounded officer responded to the ad giving both the assailant and victim a chance to tell their side of the story and in the process, exorcise the demons of their past. 75 min. vhs 999:3083
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Nargess (Iran, 1992)
Director, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad. The tale of a tragic love triangle, notable for its exceptionally honest look at characters who live outside strict Islamic law. Afagh, is in danger of losing her rakish young lover, Adel. Then Adel meets Nargess, the angelic daughter of a poor family, and resolves to go straight after one last burglary. 100 min. vhs 999:308
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The Need (Niaz) (Iran, 1986)
Director, Alireza Davudnezhad. Two poor boys compete for an apprenticeship in a printshop. The boy through whose eyes we experience the drama has lost his father in the war and has only the bleakest of prospects. Another boy has also been taken on, with the proviso that after a trial period the better of the two will get the job permanently. Thus begins a fierce rivalry that results in workplace sabotage, fighting and then, very suprisingly, friendship. In Farsi, with English subtitles. 81 min. vhs 999:1717
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Offside (Afsaid)(2006)
Director, Jafar Panahi. Cast: Sima Mobarak Shahi, Safar Samandar, Shayesteh Irani, M. Kheyrabadi, Ida Sadeghi, Golnaz Farmani. During the 2006 Iran-Bahrain match, the Tehran soccer stadium roars with 100,000 cheering men and, officially, no women. According to Islamic custom, women are not permitted to watch or participate in men's sports. Many of the ambitious young female fans who manage to sneak into the arena are caught and sent to a holding pen, guarded by male soldiers their own age. Duty makes these young men and women adversaries, but duty can't overcome their shared dreams, their mutual attraction, and ultimately their overriding sense of national pride and humanity. 92 min. DVD 8777
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Graffy, Julian. "A nation of two halves." Sight & Sound; Jun2006, Vol. 16 Issue 6, p38-64, 3p UC users only
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Once Upon a Time Cinema (Ruzi Ruzagari, Cinema) (Iran, 1992)
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. A loving comedic homage to movies and moviemaking in Iran. It jumps around from the old silent days under the Shah to the current day, and makes fun of censorship rules. The leading character is known simply as "Cinematographer," and characters appear in multiple roles onscreen in re-created films from previous eras, as well as in the story itself. In some cases, the screen characters leave the movie they are in and interact with real-life people. This antic comedy also screens clips from well-know Iranian films of the past. 100 min. vhs 999:2966
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The Peddler (Dastforoush) (Iran, 1986)
Director/writer, Moshen Makhmalbaf. Three short tales set among the poor of contemporary Tehran describing a kindly but naive couple who want someone to adopt their baby, a mentally unstable man who lives with his invalid mother, and the last hours of a peddler suspected of betraying his friends. In Farsi, with English subtitles. First story adapted from The newborn by Alberto Moravia. 95 min. vhs 999:1718
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The Protest (Eteraz) (Iran, 2000)
Directed by Massoud Kimiayi. Cast: Dariush Arjmand, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Mitra Hajjar, Parsa Pirouzfar, Bita Farahi. When Amur learns that the woman who is to marry his younger brother Reza is having an affair with another man, he murders her to restore his family's good name. Considering the killing to be a matter of honor, Amur stoically goes to prison for 12 years where his fellow inmates regard him as a hero. But when he is released, he discovers that the Iran he knew has changed. Reza tells him that killing in the name of family pride has become regarded as barbaric. Rejected by his brother and all potential employers because of his prison record he tries to make his way working as a debt collector for a fellow ex-con. 102 min. DVD X5593; vhs 999:3169
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The Runner (Iran, 1985)
Directed by Amir Naderi. Iranian orphan Amiroo lives in an abandoned ship, earning a meagre living through casual jobs such as shoe-cleaning. But mainly, Amiroo is in a hurry. He runs. He races. And he tries to out-distance his illiteracy by ceaselessly learning all kinds of things. As he follows lessons at an evening school, he attains victory and self-respect in a race with his peers. 94 min. vhs 999:3081
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School Blown Away by the Wind (Iran, 1996)
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The school for nomad children seen in the film Gabbeh, is the subject of this heartwarming drama. An old man visits the classroom, and at first mistaken for an inspector, eventually is revealed as a former teacher of nomad children who has stopped by to refresh his memories of this happy time in his life. 8 min. (With "Images from the Qajar Dynasty.") DVD 3529; also on VHS 999:2968

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The Sealed Soil (Khake Sar Beh Morh) (Iran, 1977)
Directed by Marva Nabili. Cast: Flora Shabaviz with the villagers of Ghalleh Noo-Asgar. Tells the story of a young woman in pre-revolution Iran caught between the traditional values of her small village and her own yearnings for independence and individuality. "Made surreptitiously in 1977 just as the Ayatollah Khomeini regime was coming to power, a rough cut of 'The Sealed Soil" was smuggled out of Iran by the director in a false-bottomed suitcase, and taken to the U.S., where she completed her final cut. Written and directed by the first woman to direct a film in Iran, the film has never been seen in Iran." 90 min. vhs 999:3295
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The Silence (Sukut. Sokout. Sokhout). (Iran, 1998)
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Cast: Tahmineh Normatova, Nadereh Abdelahyeva, Golbibi Ziadolahyeva, Hakem Ghassem, Araz M. Mohamadli. From one of Iran's most celebrated filmmakers comes a hypnotic symphony of visual and aural rhythms. It follows the life of Khorshid, a blind 10-year-old boy who experiences life through hypnotic sounds and the music of the world. 75 min. DVD X5668; vhs 999:3676
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Silence of the Sea (Khamushiye darya) (Iran, 2003)
Directed by Vahid Mousaian. Cast: Masoud Rayegany, Hossein Sheydaie. Siavash left Iran years ago illegally and lives in Sweden with his wife and two children. Realizing he wants to go back for a visit, he decides the best place to go is a free port, which doesn't require a visa. Being there he feels he is in Iran, but it does not fully satisfy his nostalgic longing, as his old home is on the mainland. On the island, Siavash comes face to face with the danger that awaits him if he returns home and he must decide what is most important to him: his future or his past. 82 min. DVD X706
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The Smell of Camphor, the Fragrance of Jasmine (Booye kafoor, atre yas) (Iran, 2000)
Directed by Bahman Farmanara. Cast: Bahman farmanara, Roya Nonahali, Reza Kianian, Valiyollah Shirandami. In this black comdey, Baham Farjami, a filmmaker who has not directed for 20 yeards due to censorship, experiences a strange set of coincidences that convince him that the Angel of Death is near. As a means of confronting his fears, he decides to make a film about his own funeral. 93 min. DVD 3841
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The Song of Sparrows (Avaze gonjeshk-ha) (Iran, 2008)
Directed by Majid Majidi. Cast: Reza Naji, Maryam Akbari, Kamran Dehgan, Hamed Aghazi, Shabnam Akhlaghi, Neshat Nazari. After being let go from his job on an ostrich farm a man leaves his small village to find work in the big city. As a motorcycle taxi driver, he soon becomes consumed with his passengers' lives, and is swept up in a world of greed. Now it is up to his family back home to help restore his caring and generous nature. 96 min. DVD X2649
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Stardust Stricken, Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Portrait (Documentary, 1996)
A documentary on the life of the controversial Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. In this portrait, the filmmaker speaks about his life, childhood, political and cultural activities, his filmmaking style, and his beliefs about art, cinema, violence, religion and death. 70 min. Video/C 7973

The Suitors. (Iran, 1988)
Writer, director: Ghasem Ebrahimian. "A well-to-do Iranian, Haji, arrives in Manhattan from Teheran with his new bride. Overcome by nostalgia for the old country, his friends hold a traditional feast, slaughtering a sheep in their apartment. Blood seeps through the floor into an apartment below. A bizarre series of events then unfolds as a SWAT team unleashed against the "terrorists" kills the bridegroom, leaving behind a beautiful, bewildered widow and four zealous suitors. Playing with the tensions of strangers in a strange land, Ghasem Ebrahimian's intriguing first feature is a witty, dark comedy." -- Container. In English and Farsi, with English subtitles. Duration on cassette label. In English and Farsi, with English subtitles. 104 min. vhs 999:547
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Taste of Cherry (Tam e guilass) (Iran, 1997)
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. In this emotionally complex meditation on life and death, middle-aged Mr. Badii ceaselessly drives through the red-brown hills around Tehran in search of assistance in his suicide, but receives instead from each of the men he asks for help a viewpoint on life. 95 min. DVD 728; VHS 999:2979
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Foreign Film

Ten (10) (Iran, 2002)
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Featuring: Mania Akbari, Roya Arabshahi, Katayoun Taleizadeh, Mandana Sharbaf, Ameme Moradi, Amin Maher, Kamran Adl, Morteza Tabatabai, Bahman Kiarostami, Mastaneh Mohajer, Mazdak Sepanlu, Reza Yazdani, Vahid Ghazi. Presents a portrait of contemporary Iran, as seen through the eyes of one woman as she drives through the streets of Tehran over a period of several days. Her journey is comprised of ten conversations with various female passengers, and shed light on the lives of these women whose voices are seldom heard. 90 min. DVD 3419
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A Thousand Women Like Me (Iran, 2000)
Directed by Reza Karimi. Cast: Niki Karimi, Fariborz Arabnia, Faramarz Sadighi. Sharzad, a female lawyer in modern-day Tehran, loses custody of her seven-year-old son after her divorce from a powerful businessman. The boy's diabetes is made worse because the father is more interested in work than in domestic duties. This film offers a first-hand look at how young sophisticates live in a severely patriarchal society where institutions are clearly biased against women --even highly competent ones. 108 min. DVD X4221

Through the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Iran, 1994)
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. This movie, filmed using a documentary style, explores the relationship between a movie director and his actors while telling a tale of unrequited love. The film-within-a-film tells the story of a newly married couple in an area that has recently been devastated by an earthquake. In reality, the actor, playing the young husband, is trying to persuade the actress, playing his wife, to marry him even though his marriage proposal was rejected earlier. 103 min. vhs 999:3080
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A Time for Drunken Horses (Zamani baraye masti asbha) (Iran, 2000)
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi. Cast: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-Dini, Madi Ekhtiar-Dini, Kolsolum Ekhtiar-Dini, Karim Ekhtiar-Dini, Rahman Salehi, Osman Karimi, Nezhad Ekhtiar-Dini. Just off the Iraqi border in the cold and stark mountains of Iranian Kurdistan, a boy is forced into the smuggling trade and his sister into a loveless marriage in order to raise money to get medical treatment for his older brother. Non-US format DVD. 75 min. DVD 3389
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Transit Café (Border Café) (Iran / France, 2005)
Directed by Kambuzia Partovi. Cast: Fereshteh Sadre Orafaei, Parviz Parastoei, Nikolas Papadopolous, Svieta Mikhalishina, Vanchos Constantin, Esmaiel Soltanian, Jafar Vahabpour. An independently-minded Iranian widow and mother flouts tradition by re-opening her late husband's Europe/Asia border café in this socially-oriented drama from director Kambozia Partovi. In the wake of her husband's death, Reyhan (Fereshtei Sadre Orafaei) longs to re-open her late spouse's café despite rigid social standards that explicitly discourage her from doing so. Isolated from her friends and neighbors for her headstrong efforts to get the business back on her feet, Reyhan also faces pressure from her conservative brother-in-law Nasser (Parviz Parastoei) -- who longs to take Reyhan as his second wife as permitted by custom. Despite Nasser's vengeful efforts to break Reyhan's spirit and put her out of business, Reyhan's culinary skills soon begin drawing a healthy clientèle that includes kindly Greek trucker Zakariyo (Nikolas Padapopoulis); whose relationship with the determined restaurateur may provide an exit from her current crisis 105 min. DVD X3604
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Travellers (Mosaferan) (1992)
Directed by Bahram Beizaee. Cast: Jamileh Shaikhi, M. Shamsaie, H. Rousta. Story of a wedding ceremony which turns into a funeral wake when the bride's sister and her family are killed in a traffic accident. 90 min. vhs 999:3746
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The Twilight (Gagooman) (Iran, 2002)
Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof. Cast: Fatemeh Bijan, Zolikha Bijan, Ali-Reza Mahdaviyan, Ali-Reza Shalikaran. Based on a true story, Reza, who has spent half his life in prison is helped by the warden who arranges a marriage for him with Fatemeh, a female prisoner. The bride and groom, who can spend one night a week together, eventually have a child and are finally released. As Reza attempts to find work to support his family, he finds that his new obligations imprison him in another way. 83 min. DVD 4168
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Two Women (Iran, 1998)
Director, Tahmineh Milani. Two women who have been close friends and classmates attending architectural school at Tehran University during the first years of the Islamic Republic, loose touch for various reasons including the cultural revolution. Fifteen years later they find each other and review all that has happened to them during those years. 96 min. DVD 1847; vhs 999:3294
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Under the Skin of the City (Zir-e poost-e shahr) (Iran, 2001)
Director, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad. Cast: Golab Adineh, Mohammad Reaz Forutan, Baran Kosari, Ebrahin Sheibani, Mohsen Ghazi Moradi, Mehraveh Sharifinia, Homeira Riazi, Ali Osivand, Mehrdad Falahatger. Tuba ia a factory worker and the matriarch of a raucous family. Her older daughter is pregnant and married to an abusive husband. The younger daughter is a high school student and is consumed with worry over a neighbor girl who suffers abuse at the hands of her father. Yuba's youngest son is caught up in political radicalism and is in danger of derailing his college aspirations. Her older son, Abbas wants to move to Japan to help support the family. After losing all his money in a scam, Abbas' desperation gets the better of his judgement and he becomes involved in a drug deal that nearly costs him his life. 90 min. vhs 999:1713
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Cobbey, Rini "Under the skin of the city (Rakhshan Bani-Etemad): under the surface contrasts." In: Film in the Middle East and North Africa : creative dissidence / edited by Josef Gugler. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.M53 F55 2011)
Tracz, Tamara. "Home Is Where the Heart Is: Rakshan Bani-Etemad's Under the Skin of the City." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 21, pp. (no pagination), July 2002

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When Fish Fall in Love (Mahiha ashegh mishavand)(Iran, 2005)
Directed by Ali Raffi. Cast: Reza Kianian, Roya Nonahali, Golshifteh Farahani, Mariam Saadat. After 22 years absence, Aziz decides to return to his hometown to sell the house where he was born. But, to his astonishment, the place is now a small restaurant, run by four women, one of them a girl whom he once dated. Atieh's singular passion is food, and her popular restaurant on the sleepy Caspian coast of Iran is her pride and joy. When Aziz appears, threatening her means of supporting her daughter, Atieh prepares his favorite dishes, one night at a time, in a desperate effort to convince him not to close the restaurant. 96 min. DVD X1935
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Where Is My Friend's House? (Khaneh-ye doust kojast?) (Iran, 1989)
Director, Abbas Kiarostami. An Iranian schoolboy faces challenges and obstacles when he defies his parents to set out to find his friend's home in a neighboring village. In Farsi, with English subtitles. 90 min. vhs 999:1713
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The White Balloon (Badkonake sefid) (Iran, 1995)
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. With the shops about to close for the New Year holiday in Tehran, Iran, 7 year old Razieh pleads with her mother to buy a big goldfish she has seen at the pet store. With the family's last bank note in hand, she gleefully sets out to buy her fish, but along the way meets up with snake charmers, a balloon salesman and a dry cleaner owner and loses her money. With the help of her brother she desperately tries to retrieve the money, buy the fish and get home before her parents find out what's happened. 85 min. vhs 999:2985
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Golden Camera
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

The Wind Will Carry Us (Bad ma ra khahad bord) (Iran, 1999)
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Cast: Behzad Dourani and inhabitants of the Siah Dareh Village. A filmmaker from Tehran travels to a remote mountain village secretly planning to record a local ritual ceremony surrounding an old dying woman. He befriends a local boy who ultimately becomes his informant on the fate of the old woman. As the rustling wind, golden light, and deep shadows of the village cast an alluring spell, the deathwatch drags on as the woman stubbornly clings to life, leaving the crew impatient. 114 min. DVD 1424
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Venice Film Festival - Best Film; Special Jury Prize; FIPRESCI Prize

Women's Prison (Zendan-e zanan) (Iran, 2002)
Directed by Manijeh Hekmat. Cast: Roya Nonahali, Roya Taymourian, Pegah Ahangarani, Golab Adineh, Maryam Boobani. Famously 'banned' for more than a year by Iranian authorities, this taboo-breaking film is based on Manijeh Hekmat's long fieldwork, among women prisoners in Iran. She depicts the lives of Iran's lost generation in the two decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, using the claustrophobic life of women behind bars as a metaphor for the entire society. Her protagonist, Mitra, is in prison for killing her violent stepfather. On the eve of a prison riot she confronts Tahereh, the new warden, whose dogmatic views she challenges fearlessly. Over the course of the next 20 years, Tahereh's attitude toward her prisoners changes and oftens, which reflects the country's shifting political stance. Eventually Mitra, aged and exhausted, is finally released, but Tahereh left behind, is now more like a prisoner herself. 106 min. DVD 6866
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Simon, Alissa. "Manijeh Hekmat and Women's Prison." Senses of Cinema, vol. 23, pp. (no pagination), November 2002
"Women's Prison." (review) Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 2.1 (2006) 138-140 UC users only

Women Without Men (Zana-n bidu-n-i mardan) (Iran, 2009)
Directed by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari. Cast: Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad, Shabnam Tolouei, Orsi Toth. Set against the political turmoil of Iran's 1953 coup d'etat, tells the story of four disparate women whose lives converge in a mystical orchard on the outskirts of Tehran. Adapted from the novel 'Women without men' by Shahrnush Parsipur. Special features: Behind the scenes featurette; Walker Art Center Q&A; theatrical trailer; Shirin Neshat video compilation; 2 slideshows featuring: "Production of Women without men" and "The Art of Shirin Neshat"; trailers for other IndiePix films. 95 min. DVD DVD X5576
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Zaman: l'Homme des Roseaux (Zaman: the Man from the Reeds) (Iraq, 2003)
Directed by Amer Alwan. Cast: Sami Kaftan, Shatha Salem, Hussein Imad, Saadiya al Zaydi. Zaman and his wife Najma have built their happy life together in a house of reeds. When Najma falls ill, the doctor tells them she needs surgery or some medicine he does not have. Zaman sets off in his boat and journeys to Baghdad for the cure. 76 min. DVD 4903
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Zinnat (Iran, 1994)
Directed by Ebrahim Mokhtari. A riveting drama about the attempts of Zinat, who runs a health clinic in a remote part of southern Iran, to break free of the male dominated rules and regulations that govern life in rural Iran. 88 min. vhs 999:3077
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Israel / Palestine

Ajami (Germany | Israel, 2009)
Directed by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani. Cast: Fouad Habash, Ibrahim Frege, Scandar Copti, Shahir Kabaha, Eran Naim, Ranim Karim, Youssef Sahwani. Produced with a cast of non-actors in the real streets of Ajami, a religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. Draws us into the lives of two brothers fearing assassination; a young refugee working illegally to cover his mother's medical expenses; a cop obsessed with finding his missing brother. Through this dramatic collision of different worlds, we witness cultural and religious tensions simmering beneath the surface and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors. 120 min. DVD 4731
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Alila (Israel, 2003)
Directed by Amos Gitai. Cast: Yael Abecassis, Uri Klauzner, Hanna Laslo, Ronit Elkabetz, Amos Lavie, Lupo Berkowitch, Liron Levo, Amit Mestechkin, Yosef Carmon, Lyn Hsiao Zamir. For the apartment dwellers, every action creates a ripple unknowingly felt by all. Gorgeous libertine Gabi's loud, violent trysts with her physically dominant, emotionally unavailable lover Hezi bring down the wrath of their disgusted neighbors. Mali reluctantly joins her neurotic ex-husband Ezra in his search for their army deserter son. Ezra's illegal construction site and undocumented immigrant workers in turn prompt the hermit Schwartz to relive the horrors of the Nazi death camps, as his Filipino campanion Linda helplessly looks on. 122 min. DVD 4731
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Jacobowitz, Florence. "Amos Gitai's Alila." Cineaction, 2004, Issue 63, p65-67, 3p UC users only

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[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

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Arab Labor (Israel, TV, 2007-2008)
Cast: Norman Issa, Clara Khoury, Salim Dau, Mariano Idelman, Mira Awad. The first season of the controversial Israeli comedy series Arab Labor that focuses on Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity as he seeks high status in the society into which he was born but where his car is searched everyday when he drives from his neighborhood to his job at a newspaper in Jerusalem. Poking fun at the cultural divide, Amjad and his co-workers play on religious, cultural and political differences to daringly depict the mixed society that is Israel. This show marked a milestone on Israeli television as the first program to present Palestinian characters speaking Arabic on primetime. The comedy series has generated great controversy between Arab and Israeli media as it offers a fresh perspective on Israeli-Palestinian cultural friction while presenting an unbelievably entertaining show that has made an international splash. Episode 1: The Car -- Episode 2: The Sheep -- Episode 3: Kindergarten -- Episode 4: Kidnapping -- Episode 5: Passover -- Episode 6: Reserve duty -- Episode 7: Loyalty -- Episode 8: Crime on the border -- Episode 9: Meeting the parents -- Episode 10: Independence day -- Interview with producer Daniel Paran -- Interview with creator Sayed Kashua and cast. Originally broadcast on Link TV 2007-2008.

As If Nothing Happened (Ke'Ilu klum lo kara) (Israel, 1999)
Directed by Ayelet Bargur. Cast: Assaf Dayan, Rivka Neuman, Sivan Shavit. Lt. Ziv Gonan is returning to his Israeli army base from weekend leave. As he waits at the Beit Lid bus stop, a bomb explodes killing 18 people and wounding 62 others. Ziv's family hears of the bombing and agonizingly waits to hear what happened to him. 49 min. vhs 999:3740
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The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) (Israel | France | USA, 2007)
Directed by Eran Kolirin. Cast: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour. A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town. There they get help from the worldly lunch owner, Dina, who offers to put them up for the night. As the band settles in the best it can, each of the members attempts to get along with the natives in their own way. What follows is a special night of quiet happenings and confessions as the band makes its own impact on the town and the town on them. 87 min. DVD X1900
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The Barbecue People (Ha-Mangalistim) (Israel, 2003)
Directed by Yossi Madmony and David Ofek. Cast: Yigal Adika, Israel Bright, Machram Huri, Victor Ida, Dana Ivgy, Gili Saar. The story revolves around relationships in a Jewish family celebrating the 40th anniversary of the independence of Israel with a family barbecue in a local park. Shows the four leading character's estrangements and conflicts in the search of something fundamental for their lives. 98 min. DVD 4524
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Berlin Jerusalem (Berlin-Yerushalaim) (Israel | Netherlands | Italy | France | UK, 1989)
Directed by Amos Gitai. Cast: Lisa Kreuzer, Rivka Neuman, Markus Stockhausen, Banjamin Levi, Vernon Dobtcheff, Veronica Lazare, members of the Pina Bausch Dance Company. This moving drama of the birth of Israel focuses on two women - Else Lasker-Schuler, a German poet, and Tania Shohat, a Russian revolutionary. They meet first in Berlin, where utopian ideals and fear of the Nazis force their escape to Palestine. Re-united in Jerusalem, they confront a harsh reality in the city idealized in their dreams. 85 min. DVD X1898
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Birth of a Golem (Naissance d'un golem) (France, 1985)
Directed by Amos Gitai. Cast: Simone Benyamini, Rim Bani, Zare Vartinyan, Juliano Mer, Mohammed Bakri. In this beautiful transposition of the biblical story, Amos Gitai updates the passionate tale about the ruler of a great and sprawling kingdom who chooses as his queen a beautiful peasant girl named Esther. But when Esther hides her Jewish identity from her husband, a vicious cycle of revenge begins. 97 min. DVD X2100
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A Bit of Luck (Tipat mazal) (Israel, 1992)
Directed by Ze'ev Revach. Tells the story of a blind father and his singer daughter immigrating together to Israel. 90 min. DVD 4526
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Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (ha-Kokhavim shel Shelomi)(Israel, 2003)
Directed by Shemi Zarhin. Cast: Oshri Cohen, Arieh Elias, Esti Zakhem, Aya Koren. Sixteen-year-old Shlomi lives with his restless mother, his soldier brother, and their ill grandfather. Although not doing well in school, Shlomi is a gifted cook and takes care of most household chores. One day, the school's principal finds out Shlomi is actually a genius and tries to get him into a more suitable curriculum. However, Shlomi is more interested in taking care of his family and his new love interest, the beautiful girl next door. 94 min. DVD X1989
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Campfire (Medurat Hashevet) (2005)
Directed by Joseph Cedar. Cast: Michaela Eshet, Hani Furstenberg, Moshe Ivgy, Maya Maron. Campfire: A 42 year-old widowed mother of two teenage daughters wants to join the founding group of a new settlement in the West bank. This is about their struggles with the acceptance committee and their living as an outcast in the settlement. 96 min. DVD 6313
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The Children of USSR (Children of the CCCP) (Israel, 2007)
Directed by Felix Gerchikov. Cast: Daniel Bruck, Igal Reznik, Arthur Marchenko, Vitaly Friedland. Israeli sport comes to life in the tale of an inspirational underdog soccer team. A mixed bag of Israeli immigrants, Russians, and one Ethiopian must pull together to win a $10,000 prize. But these small-town heroes face more than a ruthless opposing team. They have to find a way around thugs, mean-spirited council members, violent criminals, and a broken leg, and still get to school and practice on time. Will they hit their goal or hit the wall? 96 min. DVD X5338

Chronicle of a Disappearance (Israel, 1996)
Directed by Elia Suleiman. Deceptively simple and executed with a documentary feel, this drama is a series of vignettes or tableaux, some "real life," some fantasy. It represents a highly personal journey home for ex-patriot Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman. The film is divided into two sections. The first presents the sleepy existence in the Arab part of Nazareth, while the second takes a more political view of the city with disturbing images of Arab people trapped in a cultural identity crisis, exemplified by a young Arab woman who wants more independence. 88 min. DVD 4297; vhs 999:3201
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Luigi De Laurentiis Award

Klawans, Stuart. "Chronicle of a Disappearance." The Nation. Jun 16, 1997. Vol. 264, Iss. 23 UC users only
Naaman, Dorit. "Elusive Frontiers." Third Text; May2006, Vol. 20 Issue 3/4, p511-521, 11p UC users only
Suleiman, Elia. "The Occupation (and Life) Through an Absurdist Lens." Journal of Palestine Studies. Washington: Winter 2003. Vol. 32, Iss. 2; p. 63 UC users only

Circus Palestina (Zirkus Palestina) (Israel, 1998)
Directed by Eyal Halfon. Cast: Yoram Hatav, Evgenia Dudina, Amos Lavi, Basaam Zuamot, Vladimir Friedman. Comedy-drama about a Russian circus that disrupts a volatile community of irate Palestinians, high-strung Israeli settlers, and shifty hucksters on either side. At first, everyone wants to check out this new diversion; they become less enthusiastic when the troupe's aging lion escapes. Suddenly, this already tense neighborhood is thrown into a tizzy. Based on true events. 90 min. DVD X5441
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Close to Home (Karov la bayit) (Israel, 2005)
Directed by Vardit Bilu, Dalia Hagar. Cast: Neama Shendar, Smadar Sayar, Sharon Raginiano. Summary Two eighteen-year-old girls form an unlikely, tense friendship as they patrol the streets of Jerusalem in the Israeli Army. 99 min. DVD X1962
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Crossfire (Esh tsolevet) (Israel, 1988)
Directed by Gideon Ganani. Cast: Sharon Hacohen-Brandon, Dan Turgeman, Miriam Gavrieli, Peter Sinai, Danny Friedman, Nadav Shlomai. Miriam, a beautiful Jewish girl from Tel Aviv, and George, a sophisticated Arab from neighboring Jaffa, meet by chance and fall in love in 1948 Palestine. Based on a true story. 96 min. DVD X1923
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The Debt (Israel, 2007)
Directed by Assaf Bernstein. Cast: Gila Almagor, Neta Garty, Yehezkel Lazarov, Alexander Peleg, Edgar Selge, Itay Tiran. 1964: three young Mossad agents capture the 'Surgeon of Birkenau,' a monstrous Nazi war criminal. While being brought to public trial, the Surgeon manages to escape. Faced with failure in their mission, the agents report their captive committed suicide and return to Israel as national heroes. 1997: more than thirty years later, the supposedly dead Surgeon resurfaces in the Ukraine, determined to confess his crimes. 93 min. DVD X6903
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Devarim (Zihron Devarim) (Israel / France / Italy, 1995)
Directed by Amos Gitai. Cast: Assi Dayan, Amos Shoub, Amos Gitai, Leah Koenig, Riki Gal. A journey through space and time in Tel Aviv focusing on how three different generations of Israelis feel about their country and themselves. Based on the book: Zikhron devarim by Yaakov Shabtai. 112 min. DVD X2099
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Diary of a Male Whore (Israel, 2001)
Directed by Tawfik Abu Wael. Esam, a young Arab war refugee who lives in Tel Aviv, makes his living as a male prostitute. His physical pleasure, that makes him forget his hunger, reminds him constantly of his childhood memories in his home village. The film " ... can be read as a metaphorical account of the Palestinian-Israeli 'dialogue' or so-called 'peace-process'." PAL format tape. min. vhs 999:3645
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Divine Intervention (Yadun ilahi-yah)(France / Morocco / Germany / Palestine, 2002)
Directed by Elia Suleiman. Cast: Elia Suleiman, Manal Khader, Nayef Fahoum Daher, George Ibrahim, Jamal Daher. Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings. Using vignettes, Elia Suleiman's critically-acclaimed satire chronicles the absurdities of life and love on both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli border. 90 min. DVD X2220
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Esther (Austria / Israel / UK, 1985)
Directed by Amos Gitai. Cast: Simone Benyamini, Rim Bani, Zare Vartinyan, Juliano Mer, Mohammed Bakri. In this beautiful transposition of the biblical story, Amos Gitai updates the passionate tale about the ruler of a great and sprawling kingdom who chooses as his queen a beautiful peasant girl named Esther. But when Esther hides her Jewish identity from her husband, a vicious cycle of revenge begins. 97 min. DVD X2100
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Eyes Wide Open (Einayim Petukhoth) (Israel | Germany | France, 2009)
Directed by Haim Tabakman. Cast: Zohar Strauss, Ran Danker, Ravit 'Tinkerbell' Rozen. Aaron, a butcher and devout family man in Jerusalem's ultraorthodox Jewish community, has his quiet life interrupted when Erzi, a handsome, young Yeshiva student, happens on his shop. Intrigued by the young man, Aaron offers Erzi a job and becomes his friend and mentor. The two grow closer, and soon other feelings surface. As their forbidden sexual desire grows, Aaron begins to neglect his business and his family. When Aaron and Ezri begin spending time together, Aaron is quickly ostracized within the Orthodox community. But guilt, torment, and pressure from the community lead him to make a radical decision. 93 min. DVD X5051
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For My Father (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv) (Germany | Israel, 2008)
Directed by Dror Zahavi. Cast: Shredi Jabarin, Hili Yalon, Shlomo Wishinski, Michael Moshonov. Tarek, a young Arab forced on a suicide mission in Tel Aviv to redeem his father's honor, is given a second chance when the fuse on his explosive vest fails to detonate. Forced to spend the weekend in Tel Aviv awaiting its repair, Tarek must live among the people he was planning to kill. To his surprise he connects with several Israelis on the outskirts of society, including the beautiful Keren, who has cut off contact with her Orthodox family and upbringing. Tarek must make the decision of his life. 100 min. DVD X4714
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Gesher Tzar Me'od (1985)
Directed by Nissim Dayan. Cast: Yussuf Abu-Warda, Jacques Cohen, Tuncel Curtiz, Rahel Dayan, Uri Gavriel, Aharon Ipalé Makram Khoury. An impossible love affair between Benny, a lawyer in Israel doing his reserve millitary duty, and Leyla, a librarian from the West Bank town of Ramallah. In Hebrew without English subtitles. 94 min. vhs 999:3931
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God's Sandbox (Israel, 2002)
Directed by Doron Eran. Cast: Meital Dohan, Razia Israeli, Juliano Merr, Sami Samir, Orli Perl. Liz, a successful Israeli author, searches for her runaway daughter, Rachel, in the Sinai Desert. There Liz meets a Bedouin storyteller, who relays the unusual love story of Leila -- a Western tourist -- and the son of a Bedouin Sheik named Najim. Their relationship is torn apart when Leila is exposed to a female circumcision ceremony. System Details 92 min. DVD X1958
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Golem, the Spirit of Exile (Golem, l'esprit de l'exil) (Germany / Netherlands / UK /France / Italy, 1991)
Directed by Amos Gitai. Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Ophrah Shemesh, Mireille Perrier, Sotigui Kouyate, Samuel Fuller, Bernardo Bertolucci, Fabienne Babe, Bernard Eisenschitz, Philippe Garrel. An allegory of the Golem, a Jewish mythical creature personifying displacement and exile, this film tells the story of a woman (similar to the biblical Ruth) and her sisters, who are forced into exile after the death of their husbands. It is set in 1990s Paris, where the director was living in self-imposed exile following the ban on his 1982 documentary in Israel. The recurring theme of the film is migrations and unrooting, like the legendary Golem. 115 min. DVD X2100
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The Great Sadness of Zohara (Israel / Morocco, 1983)
Directed by Nina Menkes. Cast: Tinka Menkes. A young, orthodox Jewish woman is alienated from her Jerusalem community and drawn into the world of spirit. Surrounded by dark sounds of the "Other Side," she moves into remote and increasingly desolate regions of Arab lands. Her journey, like a mystical quest through her own inner landscapes, culminates in her return to Jerusalem. There, indelibly marked, she confronts her deeper loneliness and a devastating sense of exile. Contains no dialogue, but has an intricate soundtrack made up of strange sounds, lines from the Book of Job and at times, powerfully moving Hebrew singing. 40 min. DVD X1708
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Hamsin (Israel, 1982)
Directed by Daniel Wachsman. Cast: Shlomo Tarshish, Yasin Shawap, Hemda Levy, Ruth Geler. Drama dealing with the disturbed relationships between Jews and Arabs in Israel. Set in a rural area in the north of Israel, focuses on a family of Jewish landowners. The head of the family is a liberal minded farmer whose best worker is an Arab with whom he works side by side. The relationship sours when the farmer learns that his university-educated sister is having an affair with the Arab. 90 min. DVD X1924; vhs 999:546
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Yosef, Raz. "Homoland." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies; 2002, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p553, 27p

Hanna K. (Israel, 1983)
Director, Costa-Gavras. Cast: Jill Clayburgh, Jean Yanne, Gabriel Byrne, Muhammad Bakri. Story of a Jewish-American woman attorney's tumultuous relationships with her sullen client, an accused Palestinian terrorist, her fiery lover and her new homeland of Israel. 111 min. vhs 999:3065
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Hide and Seek (Machboim) (Israel, 1980)
Directed by Dan Wolman. A study of adolescents in the crisis of self-discovery, the film explores the sensitive issue of forbidden love in the crucial years before the birth of the State of Israel. In Hebrew with English subtitles. 90 min. vhs 999:185
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Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (Giv'a 24 Eina Ona) (Israel,1955)
Directed by Thorold Dickinson. From the stories of Zvi Kolitz. Four young Zionists are assigned to defend strategic Hill 24 outside Jerusalem in order to maintain access to the besieged city during Israel's War of Independence. 101 min. DVD X1922; vhs 999:545
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Feldestein, Ariel. "Rebirth of the "Other" in the 1948 War: A Cinematic Expression." Australian Journal of Jewish Studies; 2006, p5-24, 20p UC users only

A History of Israeli Cinema
Weaves together clips from more than 70 years of Israeli film to give audiences a kaleidoscopic history of Israeli cinema, and by extension a history of the Jewish state. Part One spans 1933 to 1978, covering the early Zionist films that celebrated the struggle for nationhood. Part Two is devoted to 1978 to 2005, as filmmakers embrace the political and emotional reality of a country torn by ethnic and religious conflict. Includes interviews with noted film critics, actors and directors who talk about the role of cinema in a nation whose story is still being written. Commentary: Amos Gitai, Joseph Cedar, Yehuda Ne'eman, Moshe Ivgy, Zeev Revach, Avi Mograbi, Menachem Golan, Ronit Elkabetz. 2009. 208 min. DVD X2595

Hitchikers (Trempistim) (Israel, 1998)
Directed by Asher Tlalim. Cast: Gadi Yagil, Orly Perl, Amnon Fisher, Johny Arbid. On his way to Tel Aviv, Yehezkel picks up three hitchhikers--an Orthodox soldier, a free-spirited young woman, and an Israeli Arab. As the trip progresses, the complicated personal lives of each unfold. 47 min. vhs 999:3730
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The Holy Land (Israel, 2001)
Directed by Eitan Gorlin. Set in Jerusalem, this is the story of Mendy, a young rabbinical student who is restless to learn about the bigger world. On the unconventional advice of his teacher, Mendy visits a brothel in order to exhaust his lust and restlessness, but instead falls in love with a Russian prostitute, Sasha. Mendy plummets further when he discovers Mike's Place, a bar on the edge of society run by an American expatriate, where Muslims, Christians and Jews all mingle to unseen ends. 101 min. DVD 2959
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Gershenson, Olga; Hudson, Dale. "New Immigrant, Old Story: Framing Russians on the Israeli Screen." Journal of Film & Video; Fall2008, Vol. 60 Issue 3/4, p25-41, 17p UC users only

James' Journey to Jerusalem (Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh)(2003)
Directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz. Cast: Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe, Arie Elias, Salim Daw. Follows the adventures of James, a devout Christian making a pilgrimage from his African village to the Holy Land. He becomes part of the migrant labor workforce in Tel Aviv and pursues his religious quest-- until he gets a little taste of fortune by turning the tables on his employers-- an astute exploration of the economic, moral and spiritual hypocrisies of Western society filtered through an evocative portrait of modern Israel's cultural and generational divisions. 87 min. DVD X7122
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Jerusalem Another Day (Rana's wedding; Al qods fee yom akhar) (2002)
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Joy (Muchrachim Lehiyot Same'ach) (Israel, 2005)
Directed by Julie Shles. Cast: Sigalit Fuchs, Tal Friedman, Keren Mor, Yosi Polak, Rivka Michaeli. Joy Levine, oversized but with an enormous heart, is chosen to throw a surprise party for her parents for the reality television show, "Gotta Be Happy." The theme of the show, to be aired right after Yom Kippur, is forgiveness. Joy has to get all of her parents' estranged friends to the party to achieve a reconciliation, but the price she must pay is sharing a dark secret that has hung over the Levines for 22 years. 90 min. DVD 8371
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Kadosh (Sacred) (Israel, 1999)
Directed by Amos Gitai. The story of two Hasidic sisters living in the Mea Shearim area of Jerusalem. Rivka and her husband are deeply in love, but he obeys his rabbi father and divorces her after 10 childless years of marriage. Rivka's sister Malka loves a man who has left Hasidism after joining the army, but accepts the marriage her parents have arranged to the rabbi's assistant. 117 min. DVD 401; also DVD X2099
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Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Freedom of Expression Award

Kedma (Italy / Israel / France, 2002)
Directed by Amos Gitai. Cast: Andrei Kashkar, Helena Yaralova, Moni Moshonov, Juliano Merr, Yussef Abu Warda, Menachem Lang, Sandy Bar, Tomer Ruso, Veronica Nicole, Liron Levo. A group of European Jewish refugees arrive in Palestine in the critical year of 1948. Carried on deck of the freighter, Kedma, they come ashore to find not the Promised Land, but a war torn desert in the bloody throes of transformation into the state of Israel. Rescued from a British Army ambush at beachside by Palmach Jewish guerrillas, the refugees are remade into soldiers expected to offer their lives to defend a nation that does not yet exist in a land they have never known. 100 min. DVD X2430
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Gertz, Nurith. "History's Broken Wings: "Narrative Paralysis" as Resistance to History in Amos Gitai's Film Kedma." Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, Volume 49, Number 1, Spring 2008, pp. 134-143 UC users only
Gertz, Nurith; Hermoni, Gal; Munk, Yael. "Kedma (Amos Gitai): the birth of two nations at war in 1948." In: Film in the Middle East and North Africa : creative dissidence / edited by Josef Gugler. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.M53 F55 2011)

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Kippur (Israel, 2000)
Directed by Amos Gitai. Film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights. The story, told from the perspective of Israeli soldiers, opens on a day of quiet city streets, but ends with death, destruction and devastation of both body and mind. A shell shocked memoir of the director Gitai, himself a participant in the conflict. 123 min. DVD 801
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - François Chalais Award

Laura Adler's Last Love Affair (Ahavatah ha-ahronah shel Lorah Adler) (Israel, 1990)
Directed by Avraham Heffner. Cast: Rita Zohar, Shulamit Adar, Menashe Warshavski, Avraham Moor, Yacov Shapiro, Sally Anne Friedland. Rita Zohar stars as Laura Adler, the 'queen' of a shoesting Yiddish theater troupe. She is as deeply loved and worshipped by her diminishing Yiddish speaking audience as she is by her colleagues. For a brief moment, Laura is on top of the world when she is offered a leading role in an international film and simultaneously has an explosive love affair with a total stranger. However, before her dreams can come to fruition, fate cruelly intervenes. 96 min. vhs 999:3806
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Gertz, Nurith. "Gender and Space in the New Israeli Cinema." Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies; Fall2003, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p110, 7p UC users only
Padva, Gilad. "A Yiddish Diva! Requiem for a Fabulous Woman in Avraham Heffner's Film Laura Adler's Last Love." Women and Language. Spring 2007. Vol. 30, Iss. 1; p. 30 (2 pages) UC users only

Lebanon (Levanon) (Israel | France | Lebanon | Germany, 2009)
Director, Samuel Maoz. Cast: Amsallem Raymond, Michael Moshonov, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen, Yoav Donat. A hard-hitting film about the Lebanon war. A lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot contain. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the chaos of war. Based on a true story. 94 min. DVD X5123
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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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The Milky Way (Shvil Hahalav) (Israel, 1990)
Directed by Ali Nassar. A Richly compassionate chronicle of life in an Israeli occupied Arab village which is fiercely ruled by the Mukhtar, who fundamentally serves the interests of the Israeli military governor, instead of those of his own people. These are tough times for the villagers--some are bitter and spiteful--while others are weary of the power struggles. The narrative centers around such incidents as the military commander's discovery that one of the villagers is issuing work permits, and the killing of the Mukhtar's son. 104 min. vhs 999:2312
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Miral: Is This the Face of a Terrorist? (France | Israel | Italy | India, 2010)
Directed by Julian Schnabel. Cast: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave, Alexander Siddig, Yasmine Al Massri, Ruba Blal, Omar Metwally, Stella Schnabel. After she rescues dozens of children who survived a massacre in Jerusalem in 1948, Palestinian Hind Husseini establishes an orphanage that helps thousands of other children left homeless by violence. But the success of her peace-through-education institution is tested when pupil Miral gets a taste of radical politics in the region's refugee camps. 106 min. DVD X6100
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My Father My Lord (Hofshat Kaits) (Israel, 2007)
Directed by David Volach. A woman is caught in the middle of the struggle between her husband, a respected rabbi, and her son, who is questioning his religion. A holiday meant to help the family reconnect is brought to a dramatic and tragic climax. 72 min. DVD X659

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My Michael (Michael Sheli) (Israel, 1975)
Directed by Dan Wolman. Two young adults marry in divided 1950's Jerusalem. Michael is content in his marriage, but Hanna finds herself unfulfilled by the bourgeois life she is leading. Based on the novel by Amos Oz. In Hebrew, with English subtitles. 95 min. vhs 999:1101
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Nina's Tragedies (ha-Asonot shel Ninah) (Israel, 2003)
Directed by Savi Gabizon. Cast: Ayelet Zorer, Yoram Hatav, Alon Aboutboul. In this coming-of-age film a 14-year old boy is sent to live with his beautiful but emotionally fragile Aunt Nina after her husband dies in a terrorist attack. 112 min. DVD X1942
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Cardullo, Bert. "Domesticated Violence." Hudson Review, Winter2006, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p643-650, 8p
Morag, Raya. "The Living Body and the Corpse--Israeli Documentary Cinema and the Intifadah." Journal of Film & Video, Fall/Winter2008, Vol. 60 Issue 3/4, p3-24, 22p

Noa at Seventeen (Israel, 1982)
Directed by Isacc Yeshurun. Cast: Moshe Havazelet, Adi Ne?eman, Osnat Ofer, Shmuel Shiloh, Idit Tzur, Dalia Shimko. Noa, a seventeen year old, struggles for personal autonomy as an ideological debate over the future of Kibbutz socialism tears her family apart. 86 min. DVD X1903; vhs 999:303
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Noodle (Israel, 2007)
Directed by Ayelet Menahemi. Cast: Mili Avital, BaoQi Chen, Alon Abutbul, Sinaya Ben-Dor, Yiftach Klein, Daphna Shpigelman. At thirty-seven, Miri is a twice-widowed, El Al flight attendant. Her well-regulated existence is suddenly turned upside down by an abandoned Chinese boy whose migrant-worker mother has been summarily deported from Israel. The film is a touching comic-drama in which two human beings -- as different from each other as Tel Aviv is from Beijing -- accompany each other on a remarkable journey, one that takes them both back to a meaningful life. 90 min. DVD X486
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Not Quite Paradise (UK, 1985)
Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Cast: Joanna Pacula, Sam Robards, Todd Graff, Kevin McNally. Six young volunteers from different backgrounds travel to Israel to spend a summer working on a kibbutz, a communal farm where they can find adventure, hide from their pasts or search for themselves. But when American pre-med student Mike falls for tough kibbutz women Gila, he must make the most difficult choice of his life. 106 min. DVD X1988
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Or, My Treasure (My Treasure; Mon Tresor) (Israel, 2004)
Directed by Keren Yedaya. Cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Dana Ivgy, Meshar Cohen, Katia Zimbris, Shmuel Edelman. Or, a pretty and popular Tel Aviv high school student, works nights at a neighborhood restaurant while taking her first tentative steps out of innocence and into first love. But her real full-time job is looking after her mother who has worked as a street prostitute for 20 years. The daughter must make a choice between taking care of her mother's bottomless needs or having an uncorrupted life of her own. 100 min. DVD 4901
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Critics Week Grand Prize; Golden Camera; Prix Regards Jeune; Young Critics Award

Yosef, Raz. "Recycled Wounds: Trauma, Gender, and Ethnicity in Keren Yedaya's Or, My Treasure." Camera Obscura 24(3 72): 41-71 (2009 UC users only

Paradise Now (Palestine, 2005)
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad. Cast: Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Amer Hlehel, Hiam Abbass, Ashraf Barhoum. The story of what may be the last 48 hours in the lives of two Palestinian men who have been recruited as suicide bombers. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions. The first Palestinian film to be nominated for an Academy Award. 91 min. DVD 4901
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Awards

Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review - Best Foreign Language Film

Brand, Roy. "Identification with Victimhood in Recent Cinema." Culture, Theory & Critique, Oct2008, Vol. 49 Issue 2, p165-181, 17p UC users only
Enright, Robert. "The Reck of History." Border Crossings v. 25 no. 2 (June 2006) p. 20-2 UC users only
Kraft, Jessica. "Paradise Now." Art AsiaPacific, Summer2006, Issue 49, p94-95, 2p UC users only
Rokem, Freddie; Hasan-Rokem, Galit. "Paradise Now!" Palestine - Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, 2005, Vol. 12/13 Issue 4/1, p139-141, 3p UC users only
Yaqub, Nadia. "The Palestinian Cinematic Wedding." Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. 2007. Vol. 3, Iss. 2; p. 56 (30 pages)UC users only
Yaqub, Nadia. "Paradise now (Hany Abu-Assad): narrating a failed politics." In: Film in the Middle East and North Africa : creative dissidence / edited by Josef Gugler. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.M53 F55 2011)

Pillar of Salt (Natziv Hamelech) (Israel, 1979)
Directed by Haim Shiran. Cast: Joseph Shiloach, Rita Shukrun, Doron Zvi. Based on the the autobiographical novel by Albert Memmi, captures the cultural richness and social complexity of a Jewish boy's life in Tunisia. 58 min. DVD 7878
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Private (Italy, 2004)
Directed by Saverio Costanzo. Cast: Mohammed Bakri, Areen Omari, Lior Miller, Hend Ayoub, Tomer Russo. Mohammad, his wife Samia, and their five children live in a large, isolated house located midway between a Palestinian village and an Israeli settlement. Viewed as a strategic lookout point, the house is forcefully overtaken by Israeli soldiers, who confine Mohammad and his family to a few downstairs rooms in daytime and a single room at night. Against Samia's wishes, Mohammad decides to keep the family together in the house until the soldiers move on, creating division among his family and a precarious relationship with the soldiers. 90 min. DVD X1975
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Rana's Wedding (Jerusalem Another Day; Al qods fee yom akhar) (2002)
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad. Cast: Clara Khoury, Khalifa Natour, Ismael Dabbagh. When Rana is faced with an ultimatum--choose a husband from a list of eligible, respectable men or leave for Egypt--she goes searching for a lover of her own choosing. Moving across checkpoints to the West Bank, finding a wedding dress in a war zone, and settling family differences all in just ten hours, Rana finds that in Jerusalem, love has many roadblocks. 86 min. DVD 5764
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Bamia, Aida A. "Rana's Wedding." Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, Jun2005, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p143-145, 3p
Yaqub, Nadia . "The Palestinian Cinematic Wedding." Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. 2007. Vol. 3, Iss. 2; p. 56 (30 pages)UC users only

Saint Clara (Clara Hakedosha) (Israel, 1996)
Directed by Ari Folman & Ori Sivan. Lucy Dubinchik, Halil Elohev, Johnny Peterson, Maya Maron, Maya De-Fries, Tal Feigenboim, Yigal Naor. Cast: A Russian immigrant teenager's clairvoyant powers create mayhem among the students at Golda Meir Junior High School. When the entire seventh grade class gets perfect scores on a math exam, the faculty is thrown into a crisis. 84 min. DVD X824
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Gershenson, Olga; Hudson, Dale "Absorbed by Love." Journal of Modern Jewish Studies; Nov2007, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p301-315, 15p UC users only

Sallah (Sallah Shabati) (Israel, 1964)
Directed by Ephraim Kishon. Sallah is a new immigrant to Israel, who arrives with his large family from North Africa, with great expectations. Instead, he winds up in a ramshackle transit camp that arouses his disgust. He decides to take on the bureaucracy in his own inimitable fashion in this satirical comedy showing the problems encountered by immigrants in adjusting to life in Israel. 105 min. vhs 999:2739
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Schwartz Dynasty (Shoshelet Schwartz)(Israel, 2006)
Directed by Dina Zvi-Riklis. Cast: Miriam Zohar, Tal Friedman, Ania Bukstein, Yehuda Levi, Dov Navon, Vladimir Friedman. A Russian immigrant and an Israeli woman join forces against power struggles, bigotry, and religious differences in order to bury their loved ones in the local cemetery. 99 min. DVD X5440
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Shalosh Ima'ot(Israel, 2005)
Directed by Amir Hasfari and Shmuel Hasfari. Cast: Gila Almagor, Miri Mesika, Rivkah Raz. A drama set in Egypt that traces the lives and loves of 3 Egyptian-Jewish women from infancy. Historical events are woven into the story. 106 min. DVD X188
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Sh'Chur (1996)
Directed by Shmuel Hasfari. Cast: Gilah Almagor, Ronit Elk.avets, Amos Lavi, Ya'ak.ov Kohen, Orli Ben Garti. A westernized teenager struggles to come to terms with the white magic practiced by members of her family. In Hebrew without English subtitles. 100 min. vhs 999:3933
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Seige (Matzor)(Israel, 1969)
Directed by Gilberto Tofano. Cast: Gila Almagor, Dahn Ben Amotz, Yehoram Gaon. An Israeli woman loses her husband during the Six Day War. Her husband's friends want her to remain an ever-mourning widow, but she wants to break away from her past and normalize her life. 95 min. DVD X1763
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Shem(Israel/UK, 2004)
Directed by Caroline Roboh. Cast: Ash Newman, Geraldine de Bastion, Hadassah Hungar Diamant, Istvan Szabo, Ferrante Ferranti, Cyrielle Claire, Arturo Brachetti. Daniel, a young and arrogant Londoner, is bored to death with his life. His jewish grandmother asks him to go through Europe in order to find his grandfather's grave. Not only will Daniel find his long lost grandfather's trace, but he will also come to understand his deep-rooted jewish culture. 93 min. DVD 6586
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Sipure Tel-Aviv (1992)
Directed by Ayelet Menahemi and Nirit Yaron. Cast: Anat Vaksman, Ruti Goldberg, Yael Avaksis, S'as'on Gabai, Sharon Aleksander, Sa'ar Fain. Three short stories about women in Tel Aviv: one is trying to find the right guy; one is trying to get a divorce from her runaway husband so she takes hostages; one turns Tel Aviv upside down in order to save a kitten trapped in a storm drain. In Hebrew without English subtitles. 109 min. vhs 999:3932
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The Summer of Aviya (Ha-Kayitz Shel Aviy)(1988)
Directed by Eli Cohen. Cast: Gila Almagor, Kaipo Cohen, Eli Cohen, Marina Rossetti, Avital Dicker, Dina Avrech, Sandra Sade. Presents Gila Almagor's autobiographical film in the story of one summer in the life of Aviya, a ten-year-old girl, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, during the first years of the independence of Israel. Aviya's mother was a partisan fighter during the war, with a number tattooed on her arm; she walks the thin line between sanity and madness. Aviya has lived in orphanages most of her life. The film is centered on the summer she returns home. Based on the novel "The summer of Aviya" by Gila Almagor. 96 min. DVD X7054; vhs 999:3885
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The Syrian Bride (Ha-Kala Ha-Surit) (France / Germany / Israel, 2004)
Directed by Bruce Humberstone. Cast: Hiam Abbass, Makram J. Khoury, Clara Khoury, Ashraf Barhom, Eyad Sheety. In this dark comedy a Druze woman from Golan Heights, through an arranged marriage, is engaged to marry a Syrian television star whom she has never met. Once she crosses the border between Israel and Syria to get married, she will never be allowed back to visit her family in the Golan Heights. 97 min. DVD 5636
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Three Days and a Child (Sheloshah yamim ve-yeled; Trois jours et un enfant) (Israel, 1967)
Director, Uri Zohar. Cast: Oded Kotler, Judith Sole, Jermain Unikovsky, Illi Gorlitzky, Misha Asherov, Shai Osherov. Old and new relationships are explored in this film, one of the great classics of Israeli cinema. A young man returns to his kibbutz after army service to find that the woman with whom he is in love has married someone else. Then, one day, his former girlfriend asks him to look after her son for three days. 81 min. vhs 999:3764
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Time of Favor (Ha-Hesder) (Israel, 2000)
Directed by Joseph Cedar. Cast: Aki Avni, Tinkerbell, Assi Dayan, Idan Alterman. A taut thriller about the tense relationship between the orthodox nationalists and the military. Both a politico-psychological drama and a love story between a passionate woman and two best friends, Time Of Favor raises important questions of faith to one's religion, duty to one's nation, and love for oneself. 101 min. DVD 4733
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Tzedek Muchlat (Israel, 1998)
Directed by Arnon Zadok. A homicide detective, in what started out as a routine murder case, uncovers more than he bargained for and finds himself on a journey of self-discovery, challenging the very foundation of his identity. 89 min. vhs 999:3675
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Under the Domim Tree (Etz Hadomim Tafus) (Israel, 1995)
Directed by Eli Cohen. Cast: Kaipo Cohen, Juliano Mer, Gila Almagor. Autobiographical story that chronicles the joys and troubles experienced by a group of teenagers, mostly Holocaust survivors, living at an Israeli youth settlement in 1953. A moving story about three girls coming of age in post-Holocaust Israel. Like most of the children in Udim, a youth village nestled along Israel's coastal plain, Aviya, Yola, and Mira share a common sorrow--the pain of longing for lost loved ones. Through their struggles, the girls find friendship and the comfort of knowing they're not alone. The sequel to "Aviya's summer." Based on the book by Gila Almagor. 101 min. DVD X6387; vhs 999:3954
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Walk on Water (Israel, 2004)
Directed by Eytan Fox. Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, Caroline Peters, Gidon Shemer, Sivan Sasson, Eyal Rozales, Yousef (Joe) Sweid. While on assignment in Berlin, a homophobic Israeli intelligence agent is ordered to assassinate a Nazi war criminal. However, he has a crisis of conscience after he befriends the target's gay grandson. 103 min. DVD X1940
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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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Awards

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
American Library Association Video Round Table - Notable Videos for Adults

Wedding in Galilee (Noce en Galilee; 'Urs al-Jalil) (Israel, 1986)
Directed by Michel Kleifi. The elder of a Palestinian village in Israel is given permission to hold a traditional wedding for his son on the condition that the Israeli military governor and his staff be guests of honor at the ceremony. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. 113 min. DVD 5823; vhs 999:549
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Cannes Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize
Gertz, Nurith. "Space and Gender in the New Israeli and Palestinian Cinema." Prooftexts, Winter2002, Vol. 22 Issue 1/2, p157, 29p UC users only
Kennedy, Tim. "Wedding in Galilee" (Urs al-jalil) Film Quarterly v. 59 no. 4 (Summer 2006) p. 40-6 UC users only
Rosen, M. Wedding in Galilee" Cineaste v. 16 no. 4 (1988) p. 50+
White, A. Wedding in Galilee. Film Comment v. 24 (May/June 1988) p. 57-8
Yaqub, Nadia. "The Palestinian Cinematic Wedding." Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. 2007. Vol. 3, Iss. 2; p. 56 (30 pages)UC users only

West Bank Story (USA, 2005)
Directed by Kim Ray and Ari Sandel. A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank... David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with the beautiful Palestinian cashier, Fatima, despite the animosity between their families' dueling restaurants. Can the couple's love withstand a 2000 year old conflict and their families' desire to control the future of the chic pea in the Middle East? Academy Award Winner, Best Short, 2005. 21 min. DVD 7523
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Short Film, Live Action

Najjab, Jamal. ""West Bank Story" Provokes Dialogue at Busboys and Poets." Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, May/Jun2007, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p64-65, 2p UC users only

The Wooden Gun (Roveh Hulyot) (Israel, 1979)
Directed by Ilan Moshenson. At the tender age of 10, Yoni Schreiber is a boy beyond his years; his mother is a Holocaust survivor, his father a veteran of Israel's War of Independence. After being assaulted by a youth gang, Yoni and his friends plot their revenge, a battle of honor, to fall on Independence Day. But only in their moment of truth does it become clear that this is no kid's game. Set in the tense atmosphere of 1950's Israel, this incisive film about rival groups of adolescents raises hard questions about heroism, nationalism, and friendship. 91 min. DVD X1901; vhs 999:1099
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Yana's Friends (Ha-Chaverim Shel Yana) (Israel, 1999)
Directed by Arik Kaplun. Cast: Evelin Kaplun, Nir Levi, Mosko Alkalai, Dalia Fridland, Vladimir Fridman. A trio of love stories takes place in an apartment building in Tel Aviv as its tenants are forced to stay in the safety of the building during the Scud attacks of the Persian Gulf war. 90 min. DVD X825

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Yom Yom (Day After Day) (Israel, 1998)
Directed by Amos Gitai. Cast: Moshe Ivgi, Hanna Maron, Ussef Waarda. An existential comedy about Moshe, a forty-something, half-Arab, half-Jewish Israeli from Haifa who is quietly accustomed to his job in a bakery owned by his parents and who takes life as it comes. Neither Arab nor Jew, Moshe spends his life avoiding conflicts both personal and political. As his world is changing around him, it is only a matter of time before Moshe will be forced to confront the realities about himself and his future. 102 min. DVD X2099
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Yossi & Jagger (Israel, 2002)
Directed by Eytan Fox.. Cast: Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi, Assi Cohen, Aya Steinovitz. Based on a true story, Yossi & Jagger portrays the love affair of two Israeli officers in a remote army base on the Israeli-Lebanese border. They are commanders, they are in love, and they try to find a place of their own in an oppressing and rigid system, which sends them to defend a cause they do not necessarily believe in. 71 min. DVD X1990

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Lebanon

L'Adolescente, Sucre d'Amour (1984)
The first film shot in post-war Lebanon, it begins in Beirut ten years into the conflict. Hala is a child of the war who sees life through the Egyptian movies she watches on television. Karim, an artist in retreat from life, remains in his apartment confident that he is safe in his familiar neighborhood. An unlikely bond is formed between them as they face a devastating civil war. 90 min. vhs 999:3042
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Caramel (Sukkar bana-t) (France | Lebanon, 2007)
Directed by Nadine Labaki. Cast: Nadine Labaki, Yasmine al Masri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Adel Karam, Siham Haddad, Aziza Semaan, Fatme Safa. A Beirut beauty salon becomes a treasured meeting place for several generations of women who meet there daily. The women come from various walks of life, to talk, seek advice and confide in one another. 92 min. DVD X3976
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Kahlil Gibran's The Broken Wings (1964)
Directed by Yousef Malouf. The true love story of the Lebanese poet-philosopher, Kahlil Gibran, and a love that beat desperately against the taboos of Oriental tradition. With great sensitivity and lyricism, Gibran describes his passion as a youth for Selma Karamy, the beautiful girl of Beirut who first unfolded to him the secrets of love. But it is a love that is doomed by a social convention which forces Selma into marriage with another man. 95 min. vhs 999:3016
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The Kite (Le cerf-volant) (Lebanon | France, 2003)
Directed by Randa Chahal Sabag. Cast: Flavia Béchara, Ziad Rahbani, Randa Asmar, Julia Kassar, Liliane Nemry, Renée Dick, Nayef Najy, Maher Bsaibes, Tamim el Chahal, Alia Nemry. Sixteen-year-old Lamia, who lives in a southern Lebanese village on the border with Israel, flies her kite over the barbed-wire zone that divides her village in two. She is promised in marriage to a cousin on the other side whom she has never seen, as the villagers only communicate via megaphones and under strict military control. Lamia dares to cross the border in spite of the risks and is observed by a young Israeli soldier, who falls in love with her. 76 min. DVD X4607
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Grand Special Jury Prize; 'CinemAvvenire' Award; Laterna Magica Prize

Once Upon a Time, Beirut (Il etait une fois Beyrouth: histoire d'une star) (1994)
Director, Jocelyne Saab. Distraught over their city's destruction, Yasmine and Leila embark on a journey in search of Beirut's past. Their possession of two rare films lands them an encounter with Monsieur Farouk, a reclusive film connoisseur who helps them travel back to the Beirut of the French-directed films of the 1930s, to the Arab filmmakers of the 1960s to the large-scale American studio efforts of the 1970s. 101 min. vhs 999:3017
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A Perfect Day (France / Lebanon / Germany, 2005)
Directed by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. Cast: Julia Kassar, Ziad Saad, Alexandra Kahwagi. Claudia and her son, Maleks' morning turns sour when the topic of conversation turns to the family's patriarch. Claudia's husband and Malek's father has been missing since the Lebanese Civil War 15 years ago, and they debate over whether to have him declared legally dead. 88 min. DVD X660
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Red Chewing Gum (Al Alka Al Hamara) (2000)
Director Akram Zaatari. This erotic short is a love poem of sorts as one man recalls meeting another in an alley fifteen years earlier. There, alone in the alley together, they avidly watch a young street vendor chew his gum. 10 min. vhs 999:3225

Sound and Image: Five Short Films by Akram Zaatari (1995-1996)
Director Akram Zaatari. Teach me, 1996 (6 min.): By constructing new meaning out of recycled TV news footage, the filmmaker creates a thought-provoking statement against violence. -- Countdown, 1995 (7 min.): An interesting montage of mixed footage of real-life war and reel entertainment. -- Gift, 1995 (4 min.): A boy begs the filmmaker to let him join soccer players in order to appear on TV in this look at Lebanon's summmertime beach boys. -- Reflections, 1995 (11 min.): Memories and images of childhood are reflected both on the screen and in the small mirror that a young boy plays with as a toy. -- A family portrait, 1995 (10 min.): A profile of a young, modern Lebanese family who are having their family photos taken, this multi-layered work examines the differences and similarities between real life and the synthetic world of TV and film. vhs 999:3225

Time Has Come (Ana el awan) (1994)
Director Jean-Claude Codsi. The story of two Lebanese war refugees, Kamil and Raya, who return home from Paris and reconcile with their past. Kamil is returning to make a music video while Raya returns to find her long lost son. 83 min. vhs 999:3041
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West Beyrouth (1998)
Director, Ziad Doueiri. On the first day of the Lebanese Civil War, militiamen massacre the passengers of a Palestinian bus in front of Tarek and Omar, two teenagers from West Beirut. With their school now shut down the two friends suddenly find themselves on a permanent vacation in a dangerous playground. Even the "brothel," where Christians and Muslims met in peace, is invaded by the religious conflicts. Together with May, a Christian girl, they search for adventure in this account of adolescence hijacked by war. 105 min. vhs 999:3250
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Awards

Cannes Film Festival - François Chalais Award
Toronto International Film Festival - International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI)

Khatib, Lina. "The Voices of Taboos: Women in Lebanese War Cinema." Women; Spring2006, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p65-77, 13p UC users only

Syria

Dupes (Al-Makhduun)
Three Palestinians in exile seeking to escape the poverty and apathy of the Palestinian refugee camps try to be smuggled into oil-rich Kuwait to find work. Together, they take a ride with an emasculated, greedy water-truck driver. In order to pass through the border undetected they are concealed in a very dangerous manner and tragedy ensues. Based on the book Men in the Sun by Ghassan Kanafani. 1972(?). 107 min. vhs 999:2715
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Yaqub, Nadia. "The dupes (Tawfik Saleh): three generations uprooted from Palestine and betrayed." In: Film in the Middle East and North Africa : creative dissidence / edited by Josef Gugler. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.M53 F55 2011)
The Extras (Al-kompars) (1993)
Directed by Nabil Maleh. Cast: Bassam Kousa, Wafaa Mouselley, Samar Samy, Mohammed Esh-Sheikh Naguib. The engaging story of a poor young couple's courtship. For eight months, Salem, an aspiring actor/gas station attendant has been courting Nada, a young widow--yet they can only see each other in public under the watchful eyes of her overly protective brothers. Initially banned in Syria, The extras is at once a profound and entertaining film examining how the lack of personal freedom affects young people. 95 min. vhs 999:3778
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Gugler, Josef. "The extras (Nabil Maleh): lovers suffer the twin repressions of patriarchal culture and a police state." In: Film in the Middle East and North Africa : creative dissidence / edited by Josef Gugler. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.M53 F55 2011)

Tunisia

Bedwin Hacker (France / Morocco / Tunisia, 2002)
Directed by Nadia El Fani. Cast: Sonia Hamza, Muriel Solvay, Nadia Saiji, Tomer Sisley, Xaviers Desplas. From a remote mountain village in Tunisia a female hacker hijacks the airwaves in Northern Africa and France to broadcast political messages. When a French intelligence officer gets on the case, things quickly turn into a cat-and-mouse game as the two women play each other to get what they want. 105 min. DVD 5763
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Gugler, Josef. "Bedwin hacker (Nadia El Fani): a hacker challenges Western domination of the global media." In: Film in the Middle East and North Africa : creative dissidence / edited by Josef Gugler. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.M53 F55 2011)
Martin, Florence.. "Transvergence and cultural detours: Nadia El Fani's Bedwin Hacker (2002)." Studies in French Cinema, 2007, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p119-129, 11p UC users only

Bent Familia (2002)
Directed by Nouri Bouzid. Cast: Amel Hedhil, Nadia Kaci, Leila Nassin, Raouf Ben Amor, Kamel Touati, Hassiba Roshdi. Aida and Amina, two young Tunisian women now in their thirties, are reunited. It is an occasion for them to question their lives and relationships. The presence of Fatiha, an Algerian refugee in Tunisia, creates a quest for the three women to overcome their respective societal limitations. 99 min. vhs 999:3872
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Daughter of Keltoum (La Fille de Keltoum) (France/Belgium/Tunisia, 2001)
Directed by Mehdi Charef. Cast: Cylia Malki, Baya Belal, Jean-Roger Milo, Fatima Ben Saidane, Deborah Lamy. A young Swiss woman travels to her birthplace - an isolated settlement in the mountainous desert of Algeria - to find her biological mother. The perilous journey immerses her in a world virtually untouched by contemporary society. 101 min. DVD 5811
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Halfaouine: Child of the Terraces (Asfar al-sath) (1990)
Directed by Ferid Boughedir. In this coming of age film Noura, an inquisitive thirteen-year-old Arab boy, begins to experience his own sexual desires when he visits the local Turkish bathhouse with his mother. But just as Noura is awakened to the pleasures of the opposite sex, he risks being wrestled from their tender, affectionate companionship and thrust into the callous and rigid company of men. 98 min. DVD Special features: "Camera arabe (1987), feature-length documentary on the history of Arab cinema, directed by Ferid Boughedir (w/English subtitles. DVD 3555; also VHS 999:3060
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Asfour, Nana. "Halfaouine." Cineaste, Fall2004, Vol. 29 Issue 4, p59-59 UC users only
Stollery, Martin. "Masculinities, generations, and cultural transformation in contemporary Tunisian cinema." Screen, Spring2001, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p49-63, 15p (UC users only)

Honey & Ashes (Miel et cendres) (1996)
Directed by Nadia Fares. The lives of three disparate Tunisian women, united only by the treatment of their gender by their countrymen, intersect in this provocative drama that quietly protests the continued oppression of women in North African Moslem countries. 80 min. DVD 1440
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Man of Ashes (Rih as-sid) (1986)
Directed and written by Nouri Bouzid. Like any groom, Hachemi is anxious about his approaching marriage, but not for the usual reasons. Anonymous alleyway graffiti challenging the manliness of his best friend, Farfat, overshadows the upcoming ceremony. Hachemi's concern is for himself as well as his friend, because he and Farfat share a childhood secret: as apprentices they were both molested by Ameur, the carpenter who trained them. While Farfat makes plans to run away to Tunis, a nervous Hachemi makes a more personal journey of self-discovery. 109 min. DVD 2685
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Panorama du cinema tunisien, 1966-2006
This panorama of Tunisian cinema is the first of its kind from Tunisia. It recalls 50 years of Tunisian cinema, with film clips from all genres, highlighting its history by careful selection of principal film sequences constitutive of its history and its genesis. A film by Hedi Khelil. In French without subtitles. 2007. 120 min. DVD 7799

La Saison des Hommes (The Season of Men) (Tunisia / France, 2000)
Directed by Moufida Tlatli. Cast: Rabiaa Ben Abdallah, Sabah Bouzouita, Ghalia Ben Ali, Hend Sabri, Ezzedine Guennoun. Drama about a young wife who must bear her husband a son if she ever wishes to escape the island of Djerba and join him in Tunis. Her husband, like his brothers, works in Tunis eleven months of the year and returns to the island for only one. 120 min. DVD 5822
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Martin, Florence. "Silence and scream: Moufida Tlatli's cinematic suite." Studies in French Cinema; 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p175-185, 11p UC users only
Murphy, David. "Moufida Tlatli." In: Postcolonial African cinema : ten directors / David Murphy, Patrick Williams. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2007. (Main Stack PN1998.2.M87 2007)
Stollery, Martin. "Masculinities, Generations, and Cultural Transformation in Contemporary Tunisian Cinema." Screen, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 49-63, Spring 2001
Taubin, Amy. "Amy Taubin on Moufida Tlatli's study of a family blighted by the oppressive sexual politics of Tunisian society" Film Comment; Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p18, 2p UC users only

Satin Rouge (2002)
Directed by Raja Amari. Cast: Hiam Abbass, Hend el Fahem, Maher Kammoun, Monia Hichri. A Tunisian widow embarks on a journey of self-discovery when she investigates a suspected liaison between her headstrong teenaged daughter and a cabaret musician, and is drawn into the world of cabaret belly dancers and nocturnal pleasure-seekers. 95 min. DVD 1769
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The Silences of the Palace (Saimt el qusur; Les silences du palais) (Tunisia / France, 1994)
Director, Moufida Tlatli. As Alia, the daughter of a beautiful servant, Khedija, grows up in the king's palace at the end of the French colonial rule in Tunisia, she realizes the sexual favours required of her mother and other servants, as she, herself, is misused by those in power around her. Women had to live in silence, a silence so profound, they may come to doubt their own past -- even their own existence -- yet they survived these political realities with courage, comradeship, and the resources of their bodies. 127 min. vhs 999:3204
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Awards
Toronto International Film Festival - International Critics Award (FIPRESCI):

Alion, Yves. "Rencontre avec Moufida Tlatli." Avant Scène Cinéma, vol. 536, pp. 3-7, Nov 2004
Martin, Florence. "Silence and scream: Moufida Tlatli's cinematic suite." Studies in French Cinema; 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p175-185, 11p UC users only
Murphy, David. "Moufida Tlatli." In: Postcolonial African cinema : ten directors / David Murphy, Patrick Williams. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2007. (Main Stack PN1998.2.M87 2007)
Peysson-Zeiss, Agnès. "Chants et vies de femmes dans Les Silences du palais de Moufida Tlatli." International Journal of Francophone Studies, 2006, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p223-238, 16p UC users only
Rice, Laura. "Refracting an Orientalist Lens." Women & Performance; 2007, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p37-57, 21p UC users only
Salhi, Kamal "Imaging Silence-Representing Women: Moufida Tlatli's Silence of the Palace and North African Feminist Cinema." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 253-77, Aug 2007 UC users only
Sherzer, Dina. "Remembrance of Things Past: Les Silences du palais by Moufida Tlatli." South Central Review, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 50-59, Fall 2000 UC users only
Stollery, Martin. "Masculinities, generations, and cultural transformation in contemporary Tunisian cinema." Screen, Spring2001, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p49-63, 15p (UC users only) DD>Zayzafoon, Lamia Ben Youssef. "Memory as allegory: the spectre of incest and the (re)naming of the father in Moufida Tlatli's The Silences of the Palace (1994)." Critical Arts: A South-North Journal of Cultural & Media Studies, 2007, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p47-67, 21p; UC users only

Turkey

72. Koğus, (1987)
Directed by Erdogan Tokatli. Cast: Kadir İnanır, Halil Ergün, Tülay Arda. A drama set in the 1940's in a Turkish prison about the relationship between prisoners, at a time when World War II had forced destitution on the country. Based on the novel by Orhan Kemal'in. 98 min. DVD X5917
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120 (2008)
Directors: Özhan Eren, Murat Saraçoglu Cast: Özge Özberk, Burak Sergen, Cansel Elçin, Demir Karahan, Ahmet Uz, Emin Olcay. Based on a true story. In 1914, during the Battle of Sarıkamş, the Ottoman Army runs out of ammunition and appeals to the people of Van for help. But all of the men are off fighting World War I and cannot respond to the appeal. Instead, at the suggestion of their principal, 120 schoolboys aged 12 to 17 volunteer to take ammunition to Sarıkamş. The movie tells the story of these boys, and of the mothers and sisters who are left behind waiting for their return.117 min. DVD X5911
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Balalayka (2000)
Directed by Ali Özgentürk. Cast: Uğur Yücel, Cem Davran, Yekaterina Rednikova. Three brothers decide to honor their recently deceased father's last request-- to recover the remains of fallen Turkish airman from Russia. In the course of doing this, they meet a Russian woman involved in helping girls earn money by serving as temporary prostitutes in Turkey. They decide to help each other and so starts a memorable bus ride from Russian Georgia to Turkey. 117 min. DVD X5907
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Bliss (Mutluluk) (Turkey / Greece, 2007)
Directed by Abdullah Oguz. Cast: Talat Bulut, Özgü Namal, Murat Han, Mustafa Avkiran, Emin Gürsoy, Sebnem Köstem. After being raped, a young girl is condemned to death by the people in her village to get rid of the shame it brought her family. When the man who is to kill her runs away with her instead, they set off on a journey through past and present-day Turkey to escape their fate and start a new life. 105 min. DVD X3332
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Block C (C Blok) (1994)
Directed by Zeki Demirkubuz. Cast: Serap Aksoy, Zuhal Gencer, Fikret Kuşkan. Set in Turkey, Tulay a restless woman whose marriage is slowly disintegrating, sets out to come to terms with various traumas while continually being watched by Halit, a resident of her apartment complex. A number of enigmatic encounters between Tulay, her maid Asli, and Halit blur the lines between fantasy and reality and heighten the sense of uncertainty. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 92 min. DVD 4194
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Camur (Fango; Mud) (2003)
Directed by Dervis Zaim. Cast: Mustafa Uğurlu, Yelda Reynaud, Taner Birsel, Bulent Ermin Yarar, Tomris Inceer. This story takes place on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus near the border between the Greek and Turkish sides where black mud in a salt-water lake is thought to have unique healing properties. While affected by the ancient statues lurking over them in the present, four Turkish friends deal with their memories of the war with the Greeks. 98 min. Non-US format DVD (PAL). DVD 3218
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Cholera Street (Ağir roman)(Turkey | Hungary | France, 1997)
Directed by Mustafa Altioklar. Cast: Müjde Ar, Okan Bayülgen, Mustafa Uğurlu, Savas Dincel. Set amid the slums of old Istanbul, tells the story of classy call girl Tina who arrives on Istanbul's Cholera Street where she encounters a barber's son Salih, and the two become lovers. Salih's hero, well-liked crime boss Sado is murdered by a young gang leader, who opens a flashy gambling establishment. When Salih challenges the gang leader, violence erupts. Based on the novel by Metin Kaçan. 121 min. DVD X5910
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Climates (İklimler) (Turkey | France, 2006)
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Cast: Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Nazan Kesal, Mehmet Eryılmaz, Arif Aşçi, Can Özbatur, Ufuk Bayraktar, Fatma Ceylan, M. Emin Ceylan, Semra Yılmaz. During a sweltering summer vacation on the Aegean coast, the relationship between middle-aged professor Isa and his younger, television producer girlfriend Bahar brutally implodes. Back in Istanbul that fall, Isa rekindles a torrid affair with a previous lover. But, when he learns that Bahar has left the city for a job in the snowy East, he follows her there to win her back. 97 min. DVD X6949
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Clouds of May (Mayis Sikintisi) (1999)
Written and directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Cast: Mehmet Emin Ceylan, Muzaffer Özdemir, Fatma Ceylan, Mehmet Emin Toprak, Muhammed Zimbaoğlu, Sadik Incesu. Filmmaker Muzaffer returns to his hometown on the Anatolian plain to shoot a movie featuring his family. His father Emin proves to be less interested in his son's project than in buying land from an adjacent lot. Muzaffer, who is helped out by his young nephew Ali, makes a deal with the boy: if he can keep a hen's egg unbroken in his pocket for 40 days, he will win a musical watch. As Ali struggles to care for the egg, Muzaffer works to keep his vision for the film intact. PAL format DVD. In Turkish with optional English, German and French subtitles. 130 min. DVD 1923
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Confession (Itiraf) (2002)
Directed by Zeki Demirkubuz. Cast Taner Birsel, BaŞak Köklükaya, Iskender Altin, Mirac Eronat. A Turkish man suspects his wife of being unfaithful, but he's not prepared for what her confession will do to him. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 88 min. DVD 4198
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The Crossing (Kavşak)(Turkey, 2009)
Director, Selim Demirdelen. Cast: Pelin Acar, Sezin Akbasogullari, Cengiz Bozkurt. Guven works in an accounting company. He is well liked in the office. He has a happy marriage and a daughter whom he loves more than his own life. At the end of an ordinary workday, Guven leaves the office and goes home. He enters his flat, undresses, washes his face, and sits on the couch in the living room. There is no one else in the flat. Guven's family life is a huge lie... 102 min. DVD X5909
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Destiny (Kader)(Turkey | Greece, 2006)
Director, Zeki Demirkubuz. Cast: Vildan Atasever, Ufuk Bayraktar, Engin Akyürek, Müge Ulusoy. A dramatic work about Bekir who is mad for Ugur but Ugur is in love with Zagor who is in jail. Zagor is released from jail. One summer night a murder is committed in the neighborhood. On the same night, Ugur disappears. 102 min. DVD X5909
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Egg (Yumurta)(2007)
Directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu. Cast: Nejat İşler, Saadet Işıl Aksoy, Ufuk Bayraktar, Kaan Karabacak, Cengiz Bozkurt. A poet returns to his village on his mother's death to find a distant relative awaiting him with his mother's dying wish...a traditional sacrifice ceremony that his mother had pledged. 93 min. DVD X6725; DVD X5921 (PAL format)
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Elephants and Grass (Filler ve çimen)(2001)
Written and directed by Dervis Zaim. Cast: Bülent Kayabas,, Ali Sürmeli, Sanem Çelik, Uğur Polat, Haluk Bilginer. "When elephants romp, the grass gets destroyed" is an old Turkish proverb that gives the film its name. Based on the Susurluk scandal of 1996, the film presents intertwined stories of 6 different individuals: a corrupt politician, a dishonest intelligence officer, a hit-man, a mafia leader and a marathon runner and his brother, a veteran of war in Southeastern Turkey. PAL format DVD. In Turkish with English subtitles. 121 min. DVD 1924
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Eskiya (1996)
Director, Yavuz Turgul. Cast: Casy: Şener Şen, Uğur Yücel, Sermin S,en, Yes,im Salkım, Kamuran Usluer. Enormously popular in its native Turkey, this lightning-paced, romantic actioner chronicles the epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit. Following his release from prison after 35 years, he searches for two people who have moved to some unknown location within a major city of 10,000,000 ... seeking revenge on his former best friend who snitched on him and stole his lover. 123 min. DVD 2185
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Eve giden yol 1914 (2006)
Director, Semir Aslanyürek. Cast: Erdal Beşikçioğlu, Melisa Sözen, Emre Altuğ, Ali Sürmeli, Ege Aydan, Metin Akpınar. A historical drama set in 1914 Syria during World War I. A young man called Mahmut doesn't want to become a soldier. He attempts to escape but finds himself in the middle of the war anyway, fights and then returns home after the war. 97 min. DVD X5923
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Everything's Gonna Be Great (Hersey çok güzel olacak) (1999)
Director, Ömer Vargi. Cast: Cem Yılmaz, Mazhar Alanson, Ceyda Düvenci. Altan, a small time crook strikes upon an idea for one big score -- his brother is the manager of a pharmaceutical warehouse, so Altan grabs his brother, nabs a large cache of drugs and heads to the seashore where he can sell his wares. However, just as business starts to pick up, a gang of rival drug dealers decide they would also like a piece of the action. PAL format DVD. 105 min. DVD 2188
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Fate (Yazgi) (2001)
Directed by Zeki Demirkubuz. Cast: Serdar Orçin, Zeynep Tokus,, Demir Karahan, Engin Gunaydin. This film is part of Demirkubuz' trilogy "Tales about Darkness". It shows the life of a young man as a chain of decisions to be made. How should he react as he discovers the death of his mother? What should he do when a colleague shows her love for him? The hero through it all decides to do nothing. "I don't care", is his basic answer. Inspired by Albert Camus's "L'Etranger". Non-US format DVD (PAL). 114 min. DVD 4199
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Fate Ignoranti (His Secret Life, or, Ignorant Fairies) (2002)
Directed by Ferzan Özpetek. Cast: Giorgio Gobbi, Cristiano Mancini, Marilena Paci, Stefano Accorsi. Antonia's husband is killed by a car and she learns he has been cheating on her with a man. Following her curiousity, she goes to see her husband's lover, Michele, and finds a huge apartment that he shares with gay and transgendered friends, leading her to a new world of love, friendship and sexuality. 106 min. DVD 2700
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Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Serena. "Bisexual games and emotional sustainability in Ferzan Özpetek's queer films." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film; 2004, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p163-174, 12p UC users only
Duncan, Derek. "Stairway to heaven: Ferzan Özpetek and the revision of Italy." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film; 2005, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p101-113, 13p UC users only
Kramer, Gary M. "Ferzan Ozpetek: His Secret Life." In: Independent queer cinema : reviews and interviews New York : Harrington Park Press, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H55 K73 2006)

The Father (Baba) (1973)
Directed by Yilmaz Güney. Cast: Müserref Tezcan, Kuzey Vargin, Ender Sonku, Yildrum Önal. Cemal, husband and father of two children, agrees to serve a prison term in place of another man, Koray, in order to support his family. Cemal's wife is later raped by Koray and when she becomes pregnant deserts her family in despair. When Cemal is eventually released from prison, he finds that his family has been destroyed. Based on the novel by Bekir Yildiz. 95 min. vhs 999:2732
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Dönmez-Colin, Gönül. "Atif Yilmaz: Whose is the Gaze?" In: Cinemas of the other : a personal journey with film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia / Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR, USA : Intellect, c2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1993.5.M638 D66 2006)

For Love and Honor (Kabadayı)(2007)
Director, Ömer Vargi. Cast: Şener Şen, Kenan I.mirzal?oğlu, İsmail Hacıoğlu. When former bully Ali Osman encounters his first love Afet, and learns that she has a son named Murat, Osman's life takes a twist. Devran, a mafia boss, is in love with Murat's girlfriend, Karaca, and is willing to do anything to get her. Osman, on the other hand, is willing to do anything to keep his son and his girlfriend safe and happy. 141 min. DVD X5922
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The Girl with the Red Scarf (Selvi boylum, al yazmalim)(Turkey, 1978)
Director, Atif Yilmaz. Cast: Türkan Soray, Kadir Inanir, Ahmet Mekin. When a passing trucker sees a girl wearing a red scarf and falls in love with her, he names his truck after her. They are eventually married but he loses his driving job because of an illegal act of kindness and is forced to become a mechanic. When his despair drives him to drink, the woman finds living with him unbearable, and he turns to another for comfort. His wife leaves home and meets a gentle man whom she comes to care for. Later, she is confronted by a choice between her husband and the new man. She leaves the decision up to her son, and he chooses the best possible man to be his father. 90 min. DVD X593
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Dönmez-Colin, Gönül. "Atif Yilmaz: Whose is the Gaze?" In: Cinemas of the other : a personal journey with film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia / Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR, USA : Intellect, c2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1993.5.M638 D66 2006)

G.O.R.A.: A Space Movie (2004)
Directed by Ömer Faruk Sorak. Cast: Cem Yilmaz, Özge Özberk, Ozan Güven, Safak Sezer. The life of a Turkish bloke selling carpets to tourists in an Anatolian town takes an unexpected turn when aliens abduct him and take him to their own planet. While his primary goal is to escape from the planet and come back home, he finds himself waging a war against the alien human-hating commander who is struggling to take control of the planet. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 123 min. DVD 4201
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Smith, Iain Robert. ""Beam Me up, Ömer": Transnational Media Flow and the Cultural Politics of the Turkish Star Trek Remake." The Velvet Light Trap Number 61, Spring 2008 UC users only

Gunese Yolculuk (1999)
Directed by Yesim Ustaoglu. Cast: Nazmi Kirik, Nevruz Baz, Mizgin Kapazan, Ara Güler, Lucia Marano. Mehmet is a cheerful young man from Western Turkey, and Berzan is a Kurdish rebel in the underground, who become fast friends while living in Istanbul. Mehmet is unjustly arrested, but the experience makes him aware of his country's political realities. When the situation heats up, and Berzan is involved, Mehmet embarks on a sweeping, spiritual journey across Turkey to his friend's Kurdish homeland. Non-US format DVD. 104 min. DVD 3471
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Haman: Il Bagno Turco (The Turkish Bath) (1995)
Directed and written by Ferzan Özpetek. Cast: Alessandro Gassman, Francesca d'Aloja, Halil Ergun, Serif Sezer, Mehmet Günsür, Basak Koklukaya, Alberto Molinari. Francesco travels from Rome to Istanbul to claim his inheritance and discovers that it is a decaying turkish bath in the city's ancient quarters. He is so taken by life in the city that he decides to stay and restore the hamam, a decision which opens up his life to an array of powerful new emotions. 96 min. DVD 2698; PAL format VHS: vhs 999:3046
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Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Serena. "Bisexual games and emotional sustainability in Ferzan Özpetek's queer films." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film; 2004, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p163-174, 12p UC users only
Girelli, Elisabetta. "Transnational Orientalism: Ferzan zpetek's Turkish dream in Hamam (1997)." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film | Volume: 5 | Issue: 1 | Pps: 23-38 UC users only
Iordanova, Dina. "Whose is This Memory?: Hushed Narratives and Discerning Remembrance in Balkan Cinema." Cineaste; Summer2007, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p22-27, 6pUC users only
Kilicbay, Baris. "Queer as Turk." In: Griffiths, Robin. Queer cinema in Europe. Bristol, UK ; Chicago : Intellect Books, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H55 G75 2008)
Smith. Paul Julian. "Haman." Sight and Sound. Nov 1998. Vol. 8, Iss. 11; p. 52 (2 pages)UC users only

Harem suaré (Harem) (Turkey / Italy / France, 1999)
Directed by Ferzan Özpetek. Cast: Marie Gillain, Alex Descas, Serra Yilmaz, Haluk Bilginer. In Baghdad in the early 1900's, a young woman rises up through the ranks of power within the Ottoman Empire. She and an eunuch plan an elaborate scheme for the release of the female slaves. 100 min. DVD 2699
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He's in the Army Now (O simdi asker) (2003)
Directed by Mustafa Altioklar. Cast: Özcan Deniz, Ali Poyrazoğlu, Yavuz Bingöl, Mehmet Günsür, Levent Kazak, Gökhan özoğuz. Turkish men of all ages and from all walks of life face the harsh realities of army life while performing their 28 days of required conscripted military service helping to clean up one year after the 1999 earthquake in Marmara region of Turkey. Non-US format DVD. 120 min. DVD 3468
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Honey (Bal) (Turkey | Germany | France, 2010)
Directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu. ast: Bora Altaş, Erdal Beşikçioğlu, Tülin Özen. Yusuf is an only child who lives with his parents in an isolated mountain area. The surrounding forest becomes a place of mystery and adventure when accompanying his beekeeper father on the job. The strong bond between father and son cannot protect the stuttering child from becoming an outsider during his first year of school. Yusuf's anxieties escalate when his father must travel to a faraway forest on a risky mission. With his father gone, Yusuf slips into silence to the distress of his mother. 103 min. DVD X6668
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Hope (Umut)(1970)
Directed by Yilmaz Güney. Cast: Yilmaz Güney, Gülsen Alnıacık,Tuncel Kurtiz. Cabbar is trying to make a living in Adana for his family of five children, his mother and his wife, hunting for work with his horse-driven cart. His horse is old and tired, and there is no work to be found. He puts his hopes on a new horse he buys with a loan, and on his lottery tickets. However, his dreams of a better life vanish when his horse dies in an accident. He makes a last desperate attempt by following an old religious hodja to find a hidden treasure. A powerful film based on the life of the father of filmmaker Yilmaz Güney. 97 min. DVD X5925
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The Horse (At) (1983)
Directed by Ali Özgentürk. Cast: Genco Erkal, Harun Yesilyurt. Set in modern Turkey, this is a compelling story of a father and son's struggle against desperate poverty and hardship, to earn enough money for the boy to go to school. 116 min. vhs 999:2310
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Dönmez-Colin, Gönül. "Ali Özgentürk: Filmmaker in Times a Strife: A Journey Into Self." In: Cinemas of the other : a personal journey with film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia / Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR, USA : Intellect, c2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1993.5.M638 D66 2006)

Ice Cream, I Scream (Dondurmam gaymak) (2006)
Directed by Yüksel Aksu. Cast: Turan Özdemir and residents of Muğla, Turkey. Ali is an ice cream peddler who takes unusual pride in his work. Rather than carry the mass-produced treats churned out by the major manufacturers, he makes his own ice cream from natural ingredients and sells it himself using a scooter he's fitted with a refrigerated case. Eager to boost his business, Ali makes a television commercial and buys air time to make people aware of the superiority of his product; business is good until a pack of mischievous kids steals his motorbike while he's not looking. Ali has the wrong idea about who the culprit happens to be -- he is convinced one of his larger competitors has heisted the bike to keep his high-quality treats off the market. 105 min. DVD X5896
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The İmam(2006)
Directed by Ismail Gunes. Cast: Cast Eşref Ziya, Ahmet Yenilmez, Emin Gürsoy, Mehmet Usta, Turgay Tanülkü. A movie about a computer specialist who becomes an imam in the country side, where his long hair, tough Harley Davidson motorcycle and laptop are met with a lot of skepticism. The local farmer population finds it very hard to get used to the image of this non-conformist imam, taking his pupils around on his motor cycle and teaching them the Quran through his laptop. The movie tells the story of fear and prejudices of pious citizens, on the other hand, and the fear and prejudices of those secular urban people who prefer to "live like Europeans." 107 min. DVD DVD X5901
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In the Jail Now (O şimdi mahkum)) (2005)
Directed by Abdullah Oguz. Cast: Yavuz Bingöl, Burhan Öçal, Gökhan Özo ğuz, Levent Kazak. Two years after finishing his military service, Levent is still struggling to make a career move. He has written a script for a sitcom "In the Jail Now", with the lead role going to Gokhan, the member of a musical band. Following a series of unfortunate events, however, they end up in prison, where they meet with Karlidag, an old pal from the military service. All three of them find themselves drawn into an underworld vendetta. 125 min. DVD X5908
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Innocence (Masumiyet) (1997)
Directed by Zeki Demirkubuz. Cast Güven Kıraç, Derya Alabora, Haluk Bilginer. Yusuf is released from a Turkish prison after serving a ten-year sentence. He is scared of life outside as all he has is an address given to him by another prisoner. Because of unexpected problems at his sister's house, he finds himself in an old, cheap hotel in Izmir. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 107 min. DVD 4195
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Insaat (2003)
Directed by Omer Vargi and Tolgay Ziyal. Cast: Emre Kinay, Sevket Çoruh, Yesim Buber, Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan, Suna Pekuysal, Binnur Kaya. A fun yet profound film that deals with the adventures of two young Turkish men who belong to the so called lower class in Turkish society. Non-US format DVD. 108 min. DVD 3469
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Journey to the sun (Gunese yolculuk) (1999)
Directed by Yesim Ustaoglu. Cast: Nazmi Qirix, Newroz Baz, Mizgin Kapazan, Ara Guler, Lucia Marano. Mehmet is a cheerful young man from Western Turkey, and Berzan is a Kurdish rebel in the underground, who become fast friends while living in Istanbul. Mehmet is unjustly arrested, but the experience makes him aware of his country's political realities. When the situation heats up, and Berzan is involved, Mehmet embarks on a sweeping, spiritual journey across Turkey to his friend's Kurdish homeland. 105 min. DVD 6160
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Göktürk, Deniz. "Anyone at Home? Itinerant Identities in European Cineam of the 1990's." Framework Special Issue on Middle Eastern Media Arts 43.2 (Fall 2002): 201-212.

Kalbin zamani (Turkey | Bulgaria, 2004)
Directed by Ali Özgentürk. Cast: Hülya Avs,ar, Halil Ergün, Oktay Kaynarca, Birol Ünel. A drama about a love affair and a murder in the mysterious rooms of the Pera Palas Hotel, and a 50 year-old secret. The story begins with events that four youngsters go through at Pera Palas in the 1950s. In the 1980s, memories are rekindled at the same hotel, and one of them is murdered. In 2004, with an unexpected twist of fate, the secret is revealed. 111 min. DVD X5902
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The Law of the Border (Hudutların kanunu) (1966)
Directed by Lutfi Akad. Cast: Yılmaz Güney, Pervin Par, Erol Taş. Life at the border is very tough. The land is stony and dry, farmers plough fields of sand and illegal trafficking seems to be the only way to make a living. In Deliviran, a village near Urfa close to the Syrian border, Hidir’s chief is involved in smuggling and gets shot. Hidir tries to stay out of illegal activities but circumstances contrive to push him in the opposite direction until he accepts to take a herd of sheep across the border. Amidst poverty and the landmines Hidir struggles to keep his dream and his young son alive. 68 min. DVD X5916
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Magic Carpet Ride (Organize işler) (2000)
Directed by Yilmaz Erdogan. Cast: Yılmaz Erdogan, Tolga Çevik, Demet Akbağ, Altan Erkekli, Özgü Namal, Cem Yılmaz. In the organized crime world of Istanbul, there are two kinds of people: The ones who take and the ones who are taken. Jobs are all organized -- and unorganized -- by the mob. When this is the case, even the all-mighty Superman gets the beating of his life when he comes to rescue Istanbul. Some people can save you when you are in need. The real question is, "Who is going to save you from those who save you?" 104 min. DVD X5904
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The Messenger (Ulak)(2008)
Directed by Çagan Irmak. Cast: Çetin Tekindor, Hümeyra, Yetkin Dikinciler, Şerif Sezer. This fantasy film tells the tale of the eponymous Messenger I.brahim, a tongue-tied man gone mad, through the eyes and the words of Zekeriya, a storyteller who travels from village to village. As he tells his tale in a village that carries the burden of all the world's sins, Zekeriya causes a revolution. The darkness is illuminated, and believers who trust Messenger I.brahim will come and save them one day, start to wait for him.100 min. DVD X5920
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Milk (Süt)(Turkey | France | Germany, 2008)
Directed by Directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu. Cast: Basak Köklükaya, Melih Selçuk, Riza Akin, Isil Aksoy. Recent high school graduate Yusuf is uncertain about his future in the provincial countryside. Writing poetry is his greatest passion and some of his poems are starting to be published in obscure literary journals. But for the time being, he continues working in his single mother's village milk business. Since her husband's death, Yusuf's widowed mother has focused all her attention to her only child. Still a young and beautiful woman, she is having a relationship with the town stationmaster.
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Mommo: The Bogeyman (2009)
Directed by Atalay Tasdiken. Cast: Elif Bülbül, Mehmet Bülbül, Mete Dönmezer, Mustafa Uzunyilmaz, Mehmet Usta, Ozcan Ucar, Mehmet Cigdem, Ali Bakir. Can a boy of nine be a big brother, a father, a mother and a luminary all at once? For young Ayse, the answer is yes. In fact, as far as she's concerned, her big brother, Ahmet, is afraid of nothing. But the truth is, Ahmet is a child too, and he has his fears. Their father, Kazim, has gone off to marry another woman and abandoned the two children to their fate with Hasan, their elderly and half-crippled grandfather. 93 min. DVD X3374
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Mutluluk (Turkey | Greece, 2007)
Directed by Abdullah Ogu. Cast: Talat Bulut, Özgü Namal, Murat Han, Mustafa Avkiran, Emin Gürsoy, S,ebnem Köstem. After being raped, a young girl is condemned to death by the people in her village to get rid of the shame it brought her family. When the man who is to kill her runs away with her instead, they set off on a journey through past and present-day Turkey to escape their fate and start a new life. Based on the novel of the same title by Zülfü Livaneli. 105 min. DVD X3332
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My Father and My Son (Babam Ve Oglum) (2005)
Directed by Çagan Irmak. Cast: Çetin Tekindor, Fikret Kus,kan, Hümeyra, Ege Tanman. Sadik is a rebellious youth who has been politically active as a university student and became a left-wing journalist in the 70's, despite his father's expectations that he would become an agricultural engineer and take control of their family farm in an Aegean village. On the dawn of September 12, 1980, when a merciless military coup hits the country, Sadik cannot find access to a hospital or a doctor and his wife dies while giving birth to their only child, Deniz. After a long-lasting period of torture, trials, and jail time, Sadik returns to his village with 8 year old son, knowing that it will be hard to correct things with his father. 110 min. DVD X5918
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Neredesin Firuze (2004)
Directed by Ezel Akay. Cast: Haluk Bilginer, Özcan Deniz, Demet Akbağ, Cem Özer, Sebnem Donmez. Having failed many times in attempts to find a big talent and to become rich, two producers and their only two contracted singers struggle to erase their debts and make their dreams come true. 133 min. DVD 3470
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Pandora's Box (Pandora'nin kutusu) (Turkey | France | Germany | Belgium, 2008)
Directed by Yesim Ustaoglu. Cast: Tsilla Chelton, Derya Alabora, Onur Ünsal, Övül Avkiran, Osman Sonant, Tayfun Bademsoy, Nazmi Kirik. When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her. 112 min. DVD X7321
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Perfidious Byzantium (Kahpe Bizans) (2000)
Directed by Gani Müjde. Cast: Mehmet Ali Erbil, Cem Davran, Demet Sener, Hande Ataizi. A comedy featuring a Turkish tribe migrating to Anatolia and facing the Byzantines. The movie is a spoof of various low budget Turkish movies from the seventies depicting Turkish exploits against the Byzantines. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 104 min. DVD 4200
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Propaganda (1999)
Directed by Sinan Cetin. Cast: Kemal Sunal, Metin Akpınar, Meltem Cumbul, Rafet el Roman. In 1948 Sunal, a customs officer in Turkey, is faced with the duty of setting up the border between Turkey and Syria, dividing his hometown. Sunal and Akpinar are close friends until Akpinar wakes up to discover that he and his family are on the wrong side of the divide, while Sunal struts around in his military uniform flaunting his new-found power. PAL format DVD. 103 min. DVD 2187
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Recep İvedik (2008)
Directed by Togan Gökbakar. Cast: Şahan Gökbakar, Fatma Toptas, Lemi Filozof, Hakan Bilgin, Sevgi Berna Biber, Volkan Cal, Tuluğ Çizgen. When Recep sees Sibel, his childhood sweetheart, he starts to remember the good old days, and set out to win her heart, going to ridiculous lengths to impress her. As the story becomes more and more complicated Recep overcomes all obstacles in his own funny ways. DVD X5924
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Red River, Black Sheep (Kizilirmak-Karakoyun) (1967)
Directed by Lutfi Akad. Cast: Yılmaz Güney, Nilüfer Koçyigıt, Kadir Savun, Tuncer Necmioğlu. In Anatolia, at a time when all the land belonged to a few rich overlords, a young shepherd is in love with the daughter of the head of the tribe. When they want to marry the girl's father consults the elders of the tribe, who decide that the shepherd must pass a test to prove his love and to be worthy of the young girl. 78 min. DVD X5924
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Sergeant Shakespeare (Komser Sekspir) (2002)
Directed by Sinan Cetin. Cast: Kadkir Inanir, Müjde Ar, Okan Bayülgen, Özkan Ugur, Pelin Batu, Selahattin Duman, Gazandfer Özkan. In this tragi-comic film set in Turkey, Police Sergeant Cemil decides to stage a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at his police station, hoping to win a TV competition. The directorial duties are assumed by a drug dealer, Prince Charming is played by a detox bum, homeless kids play the dwarfs and a hooker plays the Queen. Soon problems occur in the hostile environment, eventually resulting in a military invasion. The U.N. arrives and mistakes the rehearsal for a rehabilitation program. PAL format DVD. 108 min. DVD 2186
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Small Town (Kasaba) (1997)
Written and directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Cast: Mehmet Emin Toprak, Kavva Sağlam, Cihat Bütün, Fatma Ceylan, Mehmet Emin Ceylan, Semra Yilma. This Turkish family drama is structured around vignettes of seasonal changes. Winter: Turkish life is seen from the perspective of a young schoolteacher. Spring: Students experience the world of nature as they walk home from school. Summer: The children join their parents in a family gathering around an outdoor fire on a summer night. Fall: In a symbolic sequence the youngsters find their roles in society. PAL format DVD. In Turkish with optional English, German and French subtitles. 82 min. DVD 1922
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Somersault in a Coffin (Tabutta Rovasata) (1996)
Director, Dervis Zaim. Cast: Ahmet Uğurlu, Tuncel Kurtiz, Ays,en Aydemir. In this tragicomedy, Mahsun, a petty thief, cannot even get himself put in jail, though this would solve his shelter problems. Instead he steals cars so he can sleep in them but rather than arresting him, the police simply administer a brutal beating. The owner of a teashop hires him to clean the toilets and gives him a room to sleep in, but despite his newfound security, Mahsun risks it all when he is attracted to a lovely heroin addict. PAL format DVD. In Turkish with optional English and French subtitles. 78 min. DVD 1920
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Son osmanli yandim ali (2007)
Director, Mustafa Sevki Dogan. Cast: Görüntü yönetmeni, Zekeriya Kurtulus,; müzik süpervizörü, Hasan Saltık; ses, Onur Yavuz; kurgu, Kemalettin Osmanlı. In this tragicomedy, Mahsun, a petty thief, cannot even get himself put in jail, though this would solve his shelter problems. Instead he steals cars so he can sleep in them but rather than arresting him, the police simply administer a brutal beating. The owner of a teashop hires him to clean the toilets and gives him a room to sleep in, but despite his newfound security, Mahsun risks it all when he is attracted to a lovely heroin addict. PAL format DVD. In Turkish with optional English and French subtitles. 120 min. DVD X5906
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Takva (A Man's Fear of God(Germany / Turkey 2006)
Directed by Özer Kiziltan. Cast: Erkan Can, Meray Ülgen, Güven Kiraç. Muharrem lives a solitary existence, strictly adhering to the most severe Islamic doctrines. To his surprise, a religious leader hires him as a rent collector, where he is given Western-style suits, a cell phone and a car with a driver. Thrown suddenly into the modern world, the naïve Muharrem is exposed to temptations and hypocrisies, causing his fear of God to eat away at his senses and threaten his sanity. Special features: "An interview with Özer Kiziltan, director of 'Takva'" (7 min.); trailer (2 min.). 100 min. DVD X750

The Third Page (Ucuncu sayfa) (1999)
Directed by Zeki Demirkubuz. Isa is beaten up after being accused of stealing $50. When his landlord demands the back rent, Isa gets angry and shoots him. The police round up the tenants, but are not suspicious of him. Back in his room, Isa collapses and is helped by his pretty neighbor Meryem. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 93 min. DVD 4196
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Three Monkeys (Üç maymun)(Turkey / France / Italy, 2008)
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Cast: Yavuz Bingöl, Hatice Aslan, Ahmet Rifat Sungar, Ercan Kesal. A politician asks his chauffeur to help him cover up a deadly hit-and-run accident, which places significant strain on the chauffeur's family who opt to stick together by playing blind, deaf and dumb to problems that should split them apart. Special features on DVD X2494: (Disc 2, 218 min. ; in Turkish, with optional Turkish or English subtitles): "'Üç maymun' : kamera askasi" behind-the-scenes documentary (34 min.); "'Üç maymun' : Cannes'da", featurette on the film's appearance at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival (23 min.); episode of the interview television program "Sinemaci" with N.B. Ceylan (80 min.); episode of the documentary television program "Sinema" about N.B. Ceylan (48 min.); episode of the news television program "Is,in asli" about the film's appearance at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival (32 min.); trailer (1 min.). 104 min. DVD X2494 (PAL); DVD X2518 (US region)
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Times and Winds (Bes vakit)(2006)
Directed by Reha Erdem. Cast: Ozkan Ozen, Ali Bey Kayali, Elit Iscan, Bulent Emin Yarar, Taner Birsel, Yigit Özsener. Tells the story of three pre-adolescent friends coming of age in a remote Turkish village. Omer, the son of the Imam, is disliked by his father and wishes his father would die. Yakup, seeing his father sexually interested in his teacher, also develops a hatred of his father, and as the children grow up they are torn by guilt, love, and hatred. 111 min. DVD 9819
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Turkish Cinema Feature Films 2008
Features 20 Turkish feature film trailers produced in 2008 to present an overview of the genre. Accompanying text provides credits and synopsis of feature films and six documentary films. Trailers: Autumn -- Dot -- A fairground attraction -- A film by Tugra Kaftancioglu -- Hidden faces -- Janjan -- Made in Europe -- The messenger -- Milk -- Murky waters -- My Marlon and Brando -- Recep Ivedik -- Refugee -- Should I really do it? -- The storm -- Summer book -- Three monkeys -- Two lines -- White angel -- Zeynep's eight days. DVD X1083

Umutsuzlar (1971)
Directed by Yilmaz Güney. Cast: Filiz Akın, Hayati Hamzaolu, Memduh Ün, Tuncer Necmioglu, Nihan Ziyalan, Refik Kemal Arduman, Yeşim Tan, Kazim Kartal, Ceyda Karahan, Mehmet Büyükgüngör. A romantic adventure movie about the love story between the son of a Mafia member and a ballerina girl. 86 min. DVD X5900
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Uzak (Distant) (2002)
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Cast: Muzaffer Özdemir, Mehmet Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer Erkaya, Nazan Kirilmis, Feridun Koc, Fatma Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan. Following a major economic crisis, the young dreamer Yusuf leaves his small village in search of employment on a ship. He arrives in Istanbul to stay with his relative Mahmut. Living alone and working as a photographer, Mahmut's ordered life is disrupted by the presence of Yusuf and the two men can barely communicate with each other. 105 min. DVD 3663; or PAL format DVD 2807
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize

Valley of the Wolves: Iraq (Kurtlar vadisi Irak) (1997)
Directors, Serdar Akar, Sadullah Sentürk. Cast: Necati Şas,maz, Billy Zane, Ghassan Massoud, Bergüzar Korel, Gürkan Uygun, Kenan Çoban, Erhan Ufak, Gary Busey. Based on a Turkish television program, the film begins with a factually based incident known as the "Hood event." On July 4, 2003, 11 Turkish soldiers were arrested by U.S. troops in Sulymaniyah, northern Iraq. They were escorted from their headquarters at gunpoint with hoods draped over their heads. In the movie, one of the soldiers commits suicide due to his public humiliation. A Turkish intelligence agent, Alemdar, learns of his friend's death and seeks vengeance upon those responsible which eventually leads to the discovery of a plot by a Jewish-American doctor to sell body parts on the Western black market. 122 min. DVD X5905
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Vizontele (1997)
Directors, Yilmaz Erdogan and Ömer Faruk Sorak. Cast: Yılmaz Erdog(an, Demet Akbağ, Altan Erkekli, Cem Yilmaz. Presents the story of the arrival of television in a small village in Southern Turkey. The film offers an honest and satirical commentary on the transformations brought about by the intervention of this technology into the life of this closed society. PAL format DVD. In Turkish with optional English, German and French subtitles. 105 min. DVD 1921
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Vizontele Tuuba (2004)
Directed by Yilmaz Erdogan. Cast: Yılmaz Erdo(gan, Demet Akbağ, Altan Erkekli, Tarik Akan. Relates the story of the summer of 1980 when Turkish filmmaker Yilmaz Erdogan lived in his home town ... the last days of his childhood and the days he learned so many things about love and friendship and the unfolding politics and culture of his village. 106 min. DVD 3472
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Waiting for Heaven (Cenneti beklerken) (Hungary | Turkey, 2006)
Directed by Derviş Zaim. Cast: Serhat Tutumluer, Melisa Sözen, Mesut Akusta, Nihat Ileri, Numan Acar. Road film set in the 17th century Ottoman Empire. Croatian recruit Eflatun, a master miniaturist, has abandoned his art after losing his wife and child. To immortalize them, he begins to draw them in the Western style forbidden by Islam, but the transgression further afflicts his already shattered soul. He is then appointed by the grand vizier to paint the portrait of Prince Danyal, who has led an uprising against the sultan in Anatolia. Eflatun has no choice; accompanied by bodyguards, he sets off for revolt-stricken Anatolia. 105 min. DVD X5912
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Waiting for the Clouds (Bulutlari beklerken) (France | Turkey | Germany | Greece, 2003)
Directed by Yeşim Ustaoğlu. Cast: Ruçhan Calış,kur, Rıdvan Yağcı İsmail Baysan, Dimitris Kamberidis, Jannis Georgiadis, Feride Karaman, Suna Selen. After the death of her sister, an elderly woman searches for her brother in Greece, hiding the fact that she was a Greek living in Turkey during the Turkish War of Independence, risking deportation. 105 min. DVD X5912
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Waiting Room (Bekleme odas?) (2003)
Directed by Zeki Demirkubuz. Cast: Zeki Demirkubuz, Nurhayat Kavrak, Nilüfer Açıkalın, Serdar Orcin. Zeki Demirkubuz plays the lead character Ahmet who is going through a crisis. He is a film director who wants to make an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and punishment, but he falls into a deep depression, loses interest in the film and life, and pushes those who love him away. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 88 min. DVD 4197
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The Wall (Le Mur) (1983)
Directed by Yilmaz Güney. Cast: Tuncel Kurtiz, Ays,e Emel Mesci, Malik Berrichi, Nicolas Hossein. Amid the brutality visited upon the boys held in the Ankara Prison, including beatings, rape and starvation, the filmmaker (a former political prisoner in Turkey), arrives at a political message of revolution as an act of hope in this allegory of Turkish life. In Turkish with English subtitles. 117 min. vhs 999:2309
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White Angel (Beyaz melek)(2007)
Directed by Yilmaz Güney. Cast: Ali Sürmeli, Arif Erkin, Bilge Zobu, Cezmi Baskin, Cihat Tamer. An old and ill Kurdish man named Ahmet visits Istanbul to receive medical treatment. Overwhelmed by the medical procedure, he runs away and sits on the steps of an old people's home to rest. The inhabitants of the home invite him inside thinking that he has been dumped there by his children, just like all the other old people in the home. When Ahmet's sons locate and retrieve their father, Ahmet invites them to his east Anatolian village in Diyarbakir. The journey of this interesting group of people is not only a voyage from the urbanized, west of Turkey into the rural east, but a journey back to long forgotten ideals of family unity and co-operation, where the elderly receive the traditional care and respect from the young which has diminished in urban society. 118 min. DVD X5903
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Yol (Turkey, 1982)
Directed by Yilmaz Güney and Serif Gören. Cast: Tarık Akan, Halil Ergün, Necmettin Çobanoğlu. Portrays modern Turkey through the experiences of five Turkish prisoners allowed to visit their families on temporary furlough. Rigid social customs and a repressive state are a comment on the nature of freedom and imprisonment. Turkish dialog, English subtitles. 115 min. vhs 999:450
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or; FIPRESCI Prize; Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Suner, Asuman. "Speaking the Experience of Political Oppression with A Masculine Voice: Making Feminist Sense of Yilmaz Guney's Yol." Social Identities; Jun98, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p283, 18p UC users only

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