Middle Eastern Movies

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Children of Heaven (1997)
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After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair. (89 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
2.
The Color of Paradise (1999)
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Mohammad, a boy at Tehran's institute for the blind, waits for his dad to pick him up for summer vacation... (90 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
3.
Control Room (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on perception of the United States's war with Iraq, with an emphasis on Al Jazeera's coverage. (84 mins.)
Director: Jehane Noujaim
 
4.
Divine Intervention (2002)
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Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings. (92 mins.)
Director: Elia Suleiman
 
5.
Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces (1990)
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A coming-of-age comedy/drama set in Tunisia. Twelve-year-old Noura is an impressionable boy who must learn to reconcile two conflicting worlds... (98 mins.)
 
6.
Osama (2003)
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The Taliban are ruling Afghanistan, they being a repressive regime especially for women, who, among other things... (83 mins.)
Director: Siddiq Barmak
 
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Secret Ballot (2001)
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A female election agent and a gun-toting soldier try to collect votes among the local islanders with mixed success. (100 mins.)
Director: Babak Payami
 
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The Tale of the Three Lost Jewels (1995)
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A Palestinian boy becomes entranced with a beautiful Gypsy girl and a fairy tale world she weaves amidst conflict in Gaza... (112 mins.)
Director: Michel Khleifi
 
9.
Taste of Cherry (1997)
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An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide. (95 mins.)
 
10.
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
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Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result. (118 mins.)
 
11.
Delbaran (2001)
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Acclaimed director Abolfazl Jalili offers a compassionate story of the young Afghan refugee who lives illegally in Iran... (96 mins.)
Director: Abolfazl Jalili
 
12.
Under the Skin of the City (2001)
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Tuba works daily at a grueling textile factory in Iran, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family... (92 mins.)
 
13.
Ha-Gamal Hame'ofef (1994)
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(93 mins.)
Director: Rami Na'aman
 
14.
Marooned in Iraq (2002)
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During the war between Iran and Iraq, a group of Iranian Kurd musicians set off on an almost impossible mission... (108 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
 
15.
Broken Wings (2002)
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Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'. (87 mins.)
Director: Nir Bergman
 
16.
Meduzot (2007)
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Meduzot (the Hebrew word for Jellyfish) tells the story of three very different Israeli women living... (78 mins.)
 
17.
Turtles Can Fly (2004)
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Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate. (98 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
 
18.
Kandahar (2001)
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After an Afghanistan-born woman who lives in Canada receives a letter from her suicidal sister, she takes a perilous journey through Afghanistan to try to find her. (85 mins.)
 
19.
Rana's Wedding (2002)
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About a Palestinian girl of 17 who wants to get married to the man of her own choosing. Rana wakes up... (90 mins.)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
 
20.
The Day I Became a Woman (2000)
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A film comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran... (78 mins.)
 
21.
Syriana (2005)
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A politically-charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and effected by it. (128 mins.)
Director: Stephen Gaghan
 
22.
In This World (2002)
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In February 2002 in the Shamshatoo Refugee Camp in the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan, there... (88 mins.)
 
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The Cow (1969)
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An old villager deeply in love with his cow goes to the capital for a while. While he's there, the cow dies and now the villagers are afraid of his possible reaction to it when he returns. (105 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
24.
Persepolis (2007)
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A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (96 mins.)
 
25.
Blackboards (2000)
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Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran... (88 mins.)
 
26.
Ten (2002)
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Ten sequences examine the emotional lives of women at significant junctures. (94 mins.)