Best of and about the Middle East

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1.
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
 
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The Syrian Bride (2004)
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In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel... (97 mins.)
Director: Eran Riklis
 
3.
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
 
4.
Late Marriage (2001)
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Zaza is a 31-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married... (102 mins.)
 
5.
Close to Home (2005)
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Rebellious and outgoing Smadar can't stand types like Mirit. Mirit, introverted and frightened, keeps away from the likes of Smadar... (98 mins.)
 
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The Bubble (2006)
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The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the... (90 mins.)
Director: Eytan Fox
 
7.
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
 
8.
The Kite Runner (2007)
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After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble. (128 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
9.
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005 Documentary)
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Award-winning director Fatih Akin takes us on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia... (90 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
 
10.
D@bbe (2006)
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People who live in the U.S. commit suicide curiously. One day, this events start to be shown in Turkey and some facts are realized. (110 mins.)
Director: Hasan Karacadag
 
11.
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
 
12.
Persepolis (2007)
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A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (96 mins.)
 
13.
Waltz with Bashir (2008 Documentary)
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An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
 
14.
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
 
15.
Bliss (2007)
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Condemned to death to salvage her family's honor, a young rape victim escapes to a seaside town with the man tasked with her execution. (105 mins.)
Director: Abdullah Oguz
 
16.
The Edge of Heaven (2007)
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A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend. (122 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
 
17.
Takva: A Man's Fear of God (2006)
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A promotion brings a Muslim's relationship with God into question. (96 mins.)
Director: Özer Kiziltan
 
18.
Wadjda (2012)
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An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. (98 mins.)
 
19.
Three Monkeys (2008)
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A family suffers from a major communication breakdown during their struggle to get through their hardships. (109 mins.)
 
20.
The White Balloon (1995)
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Several people try to help a little girl to find the money her mom gave her to buy a goldfish with. (85 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
21.
The Circle (2000)
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Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran. (90 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
22.
The Accordion (2010 Short Film)
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(8 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
23.
Climates (2006)
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A dowdy university instructor Isa is an inattentive husband to his younger, TV-business wife Bahar. Self-absorbed and selfish, Isa only communicates in the most rudimentary way, while she, similarly, detaches into crying jags and juvenile behavior. (101 mins.)
 
24.
The Mirror (1997)
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When a young girl becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of Tehran, her journey turns into a dazzling exercise on the nature of film itself... (95 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
25.
Love Loves Coincidences (2011)
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Year 1977, a September morning in Ankara... Yilmaz tries to rush his pregnant wife Neriman to the hospital and he crushes into Omer's car... (118 mins.)
 
26.
Musallat (2007)
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The story of a young couple haunted by mysterious forces and there looks to be a heavy possession element as well. The calm life of Suat and Nurcan is broken when they begin to be scared by supernatural creatures. (95 mins.)
Director: Alper Mestçi
 
27.
Distant (2002)
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After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit. (110 mins.)