Films in the Arabic language
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Palestinian farm labourer Emad Burnat documents his family and community’s peaceful but determined resistance against the Israeli plans to build a wall along the West Bank that will slice their land in two. With hundreds of hours of video footage covering a period of over six years, Emad started working with Israeli activist and filmmaker Guy Davidi to produce this film. An effecting work o find out more...

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CertificationPG Our Rating
Eight year old Amine and his teenage brother, Tahir, are informed by their mother that their father has left them, a striking image that opens the film as we see him crossing the desert pausing only to gaze intensely into the lens of the camera. Spurred by this loss the two boys begin a journey of their own, and so begins a parable of haunting beauty, a visually stunning tale, powerfully realised in its studied simplicity and achingly thought provoking. find out more...
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AJAMI (2010)
Certification15 Our Rating
Ajami is an area of Jaffa where Arabs, Palestinians, Jews and Christians try to live together in an atmosphere that is -to say the least - electric. Omar, an Israeli Arab, struggles to save his family from elimination by a gang of extortionists. He also courts a beautiful Christian girl, Hadir, but marrying her is far from obvious. Malek, an illegal Palestinian worker, tries to collect enough money to pay for his mother's operation. Dando, an Israeli cop, does his utmost to trace his missing bro find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
Young Arn, the son of a Swedish nobleman, is exiled to the Holy Land for 20 years as punishment for falling in love with Cecilia, who in turn is banished to a convent. When Arn returns from the Crusades as a proven and chivalrous warrior he is determined to reunite with his love, but first he must fight for his people within the fractured tribal politics of Medieval Sweden.
'Knight Templar' is a well made, high budget, historical romance with a substantial amount of heroic hack and slash find out more...
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ATASH (2004)
CertificationPG Our Rating
A family of five, their two goats and donkey live in exile far from their village home. One day the father decides to provide running water for the family by illegally diverting water onto their land. The three women recoil from the idea but the teenage son obeys submissively anything to be allowed to continue attending school. The building resentment towards the father is beautifully paralleled by the water surging through the pipe - he brought them to this place against their will and they kn find out more...
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CARAMEL (2007)
Certification15 Our Rating
Six women seek love marriage and companionship in this sweet-natured tale set round a beauty salon in Beirut. Beautiful young Nisrine is engaged to headstrong Bassam, but is worried about not being the virgin she's supposed to be. Divorced, middle-aged, part-time model Jamale fears the process of ageing. Quiet Rima seems more attracted by other girls, particularly Siham, a client who flirts with her. Thirtysomething Layale is having an affair with a married man, but has caught the eye of the goo find out more...
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Certification12 Our Rating

A privileged young male Arab at odds with his cultural identity and his less fortunate street smart friend; a disillusioned Indian taxi driver who bears an uncanny resemblance to a famous Bollywood star; and a former Romanian ballet dancer now working as a flight attendant and searching for love and companionship. These individuals all live in Dubai and their find out more...

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DARATT (2006)
CertificationPG Our Rating
Chad, 2006 and the government has granted an amnesty to all war criminals. 16-year-old Atim is given a revolver by his grandfather so that he may kill Nassara, the man who murdered his father and now leads a quiet life as a baker. Atim gets a job with Nassara, but as the weeks progress a son-father relationship begins to develop between the two. Moving and humanitarian, "Daratt" is a film both about hope and the need for those with the wisdom to break cycles of violence. find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
This is the story of a group of North Africans who enlisted in the French Army to fight for the motherland, freedom and equality, and against Nazism. We follow their travails through France's first military defeat of Germany, by raw Arab conscripts, through to being the first French troops to fight their way into Alsace. Throughout they are treated as second rate people by French men, though oddly not always by the women, denied full rations, promotions or leave - they do and they die. As a war find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
Set in the Palestinian occupied territories we follow our central character as he struggles to maintain a meaningful relationship with the woman he loves under the watchful glare of an Isreali checkpoint. "Divine Intervention" is a marvelously offbeat movie, part satire, part farce, frequently surreal, but through it all a perceptive and thoughtful observation of a conflict that as yet defies solution. find out more...
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Certification12 Our Rating

Twins Jeanne and Simon are left two envelopes in their mothers will, asking them to find a brother they never knew existed, and a father they believed to be dead. Journeying from Canada to Lebanon to unravel this mystery, they begin to uncover the terrifying secrets of their mothers tumultuous and brutal past, the twists and turns of their discoveries moving them ever closer to a gut-wrenching and inevitable truth that will re-define their world. This Oscar-nominated thriller is powerful, raw find out more...

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Certification15 Our Rating

A mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper lies in wait outside her home. This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berlinale.

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LEBANON (2009)
Certification12 Our Rating
The entire film takes place inside a tank occupied by four inexperienced Israeli conscripts and the occasional interloper, a dead Israeli soldier, a wounded Syrian POW, a higher ranking officer and a Lebanese Falangist, during the 1982 Israeli invasion of the Lebanon.
'Lebanon' relates a series of episodes, based on the young director's own experiences, and very effectively relates both claustrophobia and a tank's eye view of the world.
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Certification15 Our Rating
Arrogant defence minister Israel Navon has moved, with his wife, into a dream house close to the border with the West Bank. In order to secure their safety, orders are issued to chop down the lemon tree orchard that Palestinian widow and neighbour, Salma, tends to. But Salma is not likely to give in easily and enlists an ambitious young Palestinian lawyer to help fight her case in the courts. find out more...
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Certification12 Our Rating
In a monastery perched in the mountains of Algeria eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers, but, when a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse and a battle of wills ensues regarding whether to stay or flee. While low on laughs, or levity of any kind for that matter, this brilliant and provocative drama is based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibh find out more...
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OMAR (2013)
Certification15 Our Rating

Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardise his longtime trust with find out more...

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Certification15 Our Rating

After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won. 

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Certification15 Our Rating
Said and Khaled are good friends living in the war torn West Bank, they are also freedom fighters and have just been given the honoured, if unenviable, task of conducting a suicide mission in the heart of Tel Aviv. Remarkably, given the subject matter, Paradise Now retains a certain, if admittedly surreal, normality throughout much of the film and, though dark, there is a realistic, if doom-laden, vein of humour, even a whiff of romance. Director Hany Abu-Assad provides a welcome and much needed find out more...
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PRIVATE (2004)
Certification15 Our Rating
Mohammad is a Palestinian teacher and intellectual whose house is commandeered by an Israeli army platoon, him and his family being confined to the ground floor and, at night, the living room. His act of resistance is to stay and continually rebuild his greenhouse as the Israelis smash it. His wife wants to leave and his children all react in different ways, one spies on the soldiers, one wants to kill them, one is traumatised...... The Israelis aren't stereotypically cast either, they also have find out more...
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Certification12 Our Rating
A willful young boy follows his equally obstinate grandmother in a journey across Iraq, determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed's father, who never returned from war. A stunning piece of work that shifts the focus from the national strife, which most post-Iraq films focus on, to a more personal and highly affecting level. find out more...