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1.
Goodbye (2011)
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Story of a young lawyer in Tehran in search of a visa to leave the country, which is what Mohammad Rasoulof did during the winter of 2010/11. (100 mins.)
 
2.
Caramel (2007)
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A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut. (95 mins.)
Director: Nadine Labaki
 
3.
Women Without Men (2009)
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Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship. (95 mins.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
Shirin (2008)
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A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators... (92 mins.)
 
6.
Persepolis (2007)
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A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (96 mins.)
 
7.
The Willow Tree (2005)
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Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before? (96 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
8.
Cafe Setareh (2006)
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The story is about lives of three women living in an old neighborhood; one has a cafe, one is the landlady and the youngest one is engaged and waiting to get married. They somehow link together with their problems. (100 mins.)
Director: Saman Moghadam
 
9.
Salt of This Sea (2008)
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A romantic drama about a working-class woman and her experiences traveling back home. (109 mins.)
Director: Annemarie Jacir
 
10.
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
11.
Leila (1997)
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Leila and Reza meet in a kind of celebration and fall for each other. Having discovered their love,... (102 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
12.
The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)
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A distressed woman, desperately asks for a meeting with a journalist, to disclose the cruel and inhumane punishment of her niece. (114 mins.)
Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh
 
13.
Circumstance (2011)
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A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession. (107 mins.)
 
14.
Or (My Treasure) (2004)
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Or shoulders a lot: she's 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash... (97 mins.)
Director: Keren Yedaya
 
15.
Where Do We Go Now? (2011)
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A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village. (110 mins.)
Director: Nadine Labaki
 
16.
Jaffa (2009)
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In the city of Jaffa; a young girl plans to run away with her secret lover, when a tragedy forever changes the course of their lives. (106 mins.)
Director: Keren Yedaya
 
17.
Baran (2001)
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In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Turkish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives. (94 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
18.
The Song of Sparrows (2008)
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When an ostrich-rancher focuses on replacing his daughter's hearing aid, which breaks right before crucial exams... (96 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
19.
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
 
20.
Hamoun (1990)
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Hamoon's wife is leaving him. He is also unsuccessfully trying to finish his Ph.D. thesis. He is forced to reexamine his life... (120 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
21.
The Color of Paradise (1999)
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Mohamed, a young blind boy, returns to his rural home for the summer and yearns for his father's acceptance. (90 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
22.
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
 
23.
678 (2010)
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Unfolds the poignant story of three women and their search for justice from the daily plight of sexual harassment in Egypt. (100 mins.)
Director: Mohamed Diab
 
24.
Real Dreams (2007)
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Mariam is living a troubled life with her husband Ahmed, suddenly her life turned to a nightmare after she dreams of crimes she discovered that it's a real crime after she wakes up, she decides not to sleep anymore.
Director: Mohamed Gomaa
 
25.
Kiss Me Not on the Eyes (2005)
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After studying literature at Cairo University, Dunia, 23 years old, wants to become a professional dancer... (112 mins.)
Director: Jocelyn Saab
 
26.
About Elly (2009)
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The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. (119 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
27.
Bitter Dream (2004)
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For forty years, Esfandiar has been unconcernedly preparing corpses for the journey to their final resting place. One day, whilst preparing a burial service, he's taken ill. Might he too be mortal ? (87 mins.)
 
28.
Miral (2010)
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A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
29.
Lemon Tree (2008)
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The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down. (106 mins.)
Director: Eran Riklis
 
30.
Kadosh (1999)
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Two sisters become victims of the patriarchal, ultra-orthodox society. (110 mins.)
Director: Amos Gitai
 
31.
Eyes Wide Open (2009)
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A married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and Jewish father of four falls in love with his handsome, 22-year-old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife and the disapproval of his Orthodox community. (91 mins.)
Director: Haim Tabakman
 
32.
Grandma, a Thousand Times (2010 Documentary)
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A poetic documentary that puts a feisty Beiruti grandmother at the center of brave film exercises designed... (50 mins.)
Director: Mahmoud Kaabour
 
33.
The Silences of the Palace (1994)
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As she grows up, Alia (the daughter of housemaid Khedija) learns the secrets of the peaceful palace where she and her mother live. (127 mins.)
Director: Moufida Tlatli
 
34.
Wedding in Galilee (1987)
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A Palestinian seeks Israeli permission to waive curfew to give his son a fine wedding. The military... (100 mins.)
Director: Michel Khleifi
 
35.
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
 
36.
Viva Algeria (2004)
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This movie portrays three women living in today's Algeria between modern society and Islamic fundamentalism... (113 mins.)
Director: Nadir Moknèche