New Cinemas of the Arab World

Films from the Arab countries are woefully absent from UK screens. The number released over the past 3 years can be counted on one hand, an omission that can be seen as both a cultural and political issue in the current climate. This new initiative from Medscreen aims to redress that imbalance with a selection of films from the Arab countries and territories of the MEDA region (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Syria, Tunisia). Medscreen is a programme that endeavors to endorse the Arab film industry of the 8 Arab MEDA countries and is supported by the European Union in the framework of the Euromed audiovisual programme. With thanks to Beirut DC and Europa Cinemas.

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Previously in this season

WWW, What a Wonderful World

Visually playful, WWW, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD offers a lively look at an unlikely love in Casablanca.

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Palestine Blues

This documentary by a Palestinian-American director “follows the repercussions of the Israeli Security Wall and Settlement expansion in the engulfed/annexed Palestinian farming communities of the…

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In the words of its début feature director, barakat! is 'a women's story that plays in a country wracked by violence'.

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FALAFEL offers a stylish yet nightmarish quest through the nocturnal mean streets of Beirut.

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VHS Kahloucha

This fun and energetic documentary celebrates the exploits of house painter and popular Tunisian amateur filmmaker Moncef Kahloucha

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These Girls

Shown at Cannes 2006 in a special screening, THESE GIRLS is an unusual, very personal documentary about girls surviving on Cairo's streets.

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One Hour Intro: Arab Cinema

Dr Philip Sadgrove will give a personal overview of the story of Arab cinema, ranging from the socially-conscious ‘new’ Arab cinema of the 60s to…

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