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Adrift on the Nile. 115 min., 1971. DVD. Based on the novel by Naguib Mahfouz, this classic Egyptian film tells the story of a group of elitist, upper-class friends who gather for a night of hedonistic celebration on an ornate houseboat. Visited by a young reporter, who wants to write a journalistic piece on the group, they are confronted by their growing awareness of their own pain and alienation. Set in 1967, just before the start of the big war, the film offers a glimpse of a society in the midst of social upheaval and an aristocracy who are painfully aware of their imminent decay. In Arabic with English and French subtitles.
Afghanistan: Exporting the Taliban Revolution. 24 min., 1998. Filmed by the first American team to enter Afghanistan after the anti-terrorist strikes of 1998, this short documentary examines the training and practices of the Taliban.
Afghanistan Unveiled. 52 min., 2003. Filmed by a team of Afghani women photojournalists, this work explores the effects of Taliban rule and US bombing on the lives of Afghani women.
Agadati: Dancer, Painter, Filmmaker: Screen of an Artist. 37 min., 1997 Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive. Baruch Agadati captures the flavor and excitement of life in Tel Aviv in the 1930s.
Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet of Liberty. DVD. 62 min., 1999. A rare documentary film about the works and life of the great Iranian Poet Ahmad Shamlou (1925-2000). In Persian with English subtitles.
Al-Aragouze. See The Puppeteer.
Al-Ard. See The Land.
Al-Ghazali: The Alchemist of Happiness. 2006, 80 min. DVD. Dramatization of the life of the 11th-century Sufi philosopher Abu Hamid al-Ghazali drawing from his own writings and interviews with scholars. In English, with sections in Persian with English subtitles.
Alaa Al Aswany. 29 min., 2008, DVD. This interview with the Egyptian author, Alaa Al Aswany highlights his views on social issues affecting the Islamic world as well as his
attitudes towards literature and the West. Guiding viewers through his favorite haunts, past and present, among the streets of Cairo, Al Aswany addresses several topics--including the 2005 Danish cartoon controversy, the damage caused by stereotypes, and the author's belief that dictatorship, not fundamentalism, is the "disease" which Egypt and other Islamic nations must cure.
Alexandria, Why? 134 min. Explores the anxieties of Egyptian youth in 1942 as Rommel’s German troops prepare to take Alexandria.
Algeria's Bloody Years. 59 min., 2003. Chronicles Algeria's struggle for democracy since independence from France and traces the rise of fundamentalist groups in the 1980s and 90s. Directed by Malek Bensmail.
Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets. 98 min., 2005, DVD. Three street urchins bond together in on the streets of Casablanca. One of the three is senselessly killed and they decide to bury him "like a prince." The film captures the power of dreams and the presence of hope in harsh circumstances. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Alla Made Me Funny. 82 min., 2008. DVD. Follows three American-Muslim comedians, Mo Amer, Azhar Usman, and Preacher Moss, on stage and off as they poke fun at themselves and reveal truths about what it is like to be a Muslim American.
Amin Maalouf: Building Bridges between East and West. DVD. 2004, 30 min. This program features conversations with Lebanese novelist and journalist Amin Maalouf about his imaginiatve, historically grounded novels and his idenity as a Christian Arab living in Paris. On-screen readings by the author include experpts from Leo Africanus, Rock of Tanios, The Crusades through Arab Eyes, and In the Name of Identity. French with English subtitles
Anayurt Oteli. See Motherland Hotel.
The Ancient Egyptians. 15 min. Part two of “The Western Tradition Series.” This film looks at the culture, politics, and art of Pharonic Egyptians.
Anwar Sadat. DVD. 50 min., 2004. This biography of Anwar Sadat is filled with recollections from world leaders, political insiders and scholars as it examines the life of Anwar Sadat from his days as a rebel to his historic speech before Israel's parliament and winning the Nobel Prize.
The Arab Gulf States. 50 min., 2003. Part of the Pilot Guide series, this video takes the viewer through Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman.
Arab-Israeli Struggle for Peace. 55 min., 1994. Traces Arab-Israeli relations from the creation of Israel in 1948 to the signing of the peace treaty in September 1993; historical footage.
Arab and Jew: Return to the Promised Land. 2002, 60 min., VHS. Written and directed by Pulitzer-Prize winner David K. Shipler, this program tapes the powerful yearnings of two peoples as they pursue and preserve their nationalist goals of returning to their historic land.
Arab Labor. Ten 30-minute episodes, 2008, DVD (2 disks). Irreverent and critically acclaimed TV series from Israel about Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity. The series pierces the taboos of acceptable language and humor surrounding the long-standing status quo in which Palestinian and Jewish Israelis live side by side.
Arab Women at Work. 27 min., color. A look at working Arab women produced by United Nations Development Program. Comes with illustrated booklet.
Arabia Sand, Sea & Sky: The Mountain Barrier. 53 min. Wildlife in the 13,000-foot high Sarawat Mountains of western Arabia.
Arabian Sands: Wilfred Theisger, Desert Adventurer. 52 min., DVD. From 1945-50, in the company of Bedouin, Theisger crossed the Arabian desert twice revealing to the west the existence of tribes that were unknown and mapping the Rub'al Khali now in Oman. This film is based on his published memoir, his old photographs, and archival footage, as well as interviews.
Aramco at Fifty. 53 min., 1993. Commemoration of 50 years of Aramco's presence, work, and contributions to the life and economy of Saudi Arabia.
The Architecture of Mud. 52 min., 1999. Documents the traditional mudbrick architecture of southeast Yemen (English subtitles and some narrative in English).
Arg-e-Bam. prior to 2003, 35 min. This documentary captures the magnificence of the Citadel at Bam, a designated UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, before it was destroyed in December 2003 by a devastating earthquake. Entirely in Persian with no English. Note that the documentary starts after approximately three minutes of advertising.
The Arming of Iraq. 58 min. Discusses the arms build up in Iraq prior to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
Arms Merchant for the World. 29 min. Produced by America's Defense Monitor, Center for Defense Information. Purchased for Second Saturdays program on Arms Control, discusses status of the US as the leading arms merchant worldwide.
Art and the Islamic World. 33 min., 1983. A concise introduction conveying the breadth and variation of art in the Islamic world. Produced by Walter Denny and Carel Bertram for the Middle East Institute.
The Art of the Book: Persian Miniatures from the Shahnameh. 30 min., 1993. Brief introduction to the great 11th-century epic Persian poem, the Shahnameh, by Firdausi and to the artistic tradition of Persian miniature painting used to illustrate it over three centuries. Narrated by Oleg Grabar, Harvard University.
Art of Persia. 22 min. Examines how several Persian arts and crafts are produced. Footage originally shot in 1947. General audience appeal.
Art of Reciting the Qur’an. 38 min., 1987. Kristina Nelson lecturing
ARUSI Persian Wedding. 63 min., 2008. DVD. Following the personal journey of an Iranian-American and his non-Iranian financee, as they plan for and conduct their wedding in Iran, this film sheds light on the history of Iran over the past fifty years featuring historical footage. It portrays a universal love story set against a fascinating history and offering a rare glimpse of Iran beyond politics. Produced by Marjan Tehrani.
As the Poet Said. 58 min., 2010, DVD. Director Nasri Hajjaj constructs a touching and emotionally evocative eulogy to the life of the Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish. Using the powerful frame of Darwish's poetry, As the Poet Said follows the journey of the Mahmoud Darwish's life tracing the cities and towns in which the poet lived introducing us to his contemporaries, fellow writers and admirers of his work.
Asiklar: Those Who Are in Love. 37 min. Directed David Grabias. Examines the role of the traditional musician/poet/storyteller of Turkey known as asik. Interviews men (and one woman) about why they took up the calling of asik and talks about the poetry and music. Interesting ethno-musical (ethno-poetical) film.
Assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. 70 min., October 6, 1981. ABC News Nightline. Covers the event at the time and the reactions of key political figures including former President Jimmy Carter and Henry Kissinger.
Ataturk. 80 min., 1993. DVD & VHS. Comprehensive documentary on the life of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, using historical footage, and interviews with military experts and scholars. Written and by Tolga Ornek, narrated by Sir Donald Sinden.
Ataturk: Founder of Modern Turkey. 52 min., 2000. DVD. A biography of Ataturk, the charismatic leader of Turkey during and after WWI. This documentary uses rare archival footage as well as commentaries by scholars and interviews with surviving relatives of Ataturk. Produced and directed by Zelfa and Tarquin Olivier.
Ayyub. 99 min. Social commentary on the gap between the rich and the poor. Screenplay by Naguib Mahfouz.
Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul. 2008, 96 min, DVD. A visual poem of beauty, this masterpiece from Director Nacer Khemer gegins with the story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited ganddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place only once every thirty years. Part of Khemir's trilogy of films that include The Dove's Lost Necklace and The Wanderes. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Babak and Friends: A First Norooz. 74 min., 2004. Animated story of a young boy name Babak who learns about Iranian traditions when his cousins come to visit him in America.
Baghdad Shorts Collection, vol. 2. 2007. DVD. Six short films by students of the Independent Film & Television College of Baghdad: Staying, 16 min; Leaving, 25 min.; Omar Is My Friend, 15 min.; Let the Show Begin, 15 min.; A Stranger in His Own Country, 10 min.; The Shabandar Cafe, 25 min.
Baghdad Twist. 30 min, 2007. DVD. Provides a poignant portrait of a Iraq's Jewish society through the visual memoir of filmmaker Joe Balass' family. Interviews with family members, photos, and archival footage, he explores his family's life in Iraq before their departure for Canada in 1970.
Bam 6.6: Humanity has No Borders. 2008, 55 min., DVD. A young American Jewish girl and her fiance fourney to the historic town of Bam in Iran
Baran. 2001, 94 min., DVD. At a construction site in Tehran, 17-year-old Lateef, a Kurdish worker, is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives. In Persian with English subtitles.
Bashu: The Little Stranger. 120 min., 1985. Set during the Iran-Iraq war, a young boy flees his home in war-torn Khuzestan to Gilan where he is adopted by a village woman despite the language and cultural differences.
Battle of Algiers. 125 min., 1966. Academy Award-winning classic initially banned by the French government for its exploration of the Algerian struggle to gain independence from French colonialism. Available in DVD and VHS. DVD includes three discs: (1) remastered, HD with improved English subtitles (2) Pontecorvo and the film: narrated by Edward Said (37 min, 1992), making of the movie (51 min.), and five directors discuss the importance of the film (17 min., 2004) (3) the film and history: recontruction of the Algerian experince with military leader Saadi Yaeef (69 min., 2004), senior French officers recall use of torture (28-min, 2002), A Case Study: counterintelligence experts discuss lessons (25 min, 2004), Pontecorvo's Return to Algiers: the filmmaker revisits the Algierian people after thirty years (58 min., 1992)
The Battle of Poitiers: 733. 32 min., 2004. DVD. This short documentary sets the scene for the Battle of Poitiers and describing Gaul at the time with its Frankish and Gallo-Roman inhabitants and the invading forces of Islam.
Bayn al-Qasrayn (see Palace Walk).
Bent Familia. VHS. 105 min., 1997. Two Tunisian women in their mid-thirties reconnect and make friends with an Algerian refugee living in Tunsia who sparkes a desire in them to work at overcoming their respective societal limitations.
Between the Lines. 30 min., 1996. Examines the TV-movie “Not Without My Daughter”(1990), based on a true story of an American woman who returns to post-revolution Iran with her Iranian husband and is prevented from leaving Iran with her daughter. Discusses how media shapes perception of other cultures.
Between Two Worlds. 55 min. (Pt. of The Arabs: A Living History series). A business man in Fez, Morocco describes the conflicts of raising children in the modern world while instilling traditional values of an Arab family.
Beyond Borders: Arab Feminists Talk about Their Lives. 50 min., 2000. Nawal Saadawi and other female activists gather at the United Nations, on college campuses, and in church basements to speak out about the issue of women's right in the Arab states in an effort to heighten awareness of the Arab feminist struggle for equality.
Beyond the Veil: Are Iranian Women Rebelling? 22 min., 1999. A female report dons the chador to find out how Iranian women feel about the government-imposed dress code.
The Birth of Israel. 59 min., 2008, DVD. Presented by BBC Middle East correspondent, Jeremy Bowen, the program provides an in-depth historical account of how the modern state of Israel was created from both a military and geopolitical perspective.
Bliss [Mutluluk]. 105 min., 2007, DVD. A young woman is raped and the son of a village elder is ordered to kill her to save her family's honor. Instead, the two go on the run and meet up with a professor, also on the run, from his own life. The young woman's decision to live and ultimately to enjoy her life, is the quiet revolution that ignites the entire story. In Turkish with English subtitles.
Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I. 112 min., 2006, DVD. This documentary follows conflict from the Ottoman Empire's entry in the Great War in October 1914 to the Allied victory and declaration of the new Turkish Republic in 1923, featuring historical footage. Chapter segments are: Surprise Attack, Military Disaster, The Dardnelles, Suez Advance, Gallipoli, Iraq Expedition, Caucasus Front, Iraq Revisited, Desert War, Baghdad Taken, Gaza Battles, Jerusalem Falls, Arab Revolt, Palestine Front, Oil in Baku, Istanbul Surrenders, Mustafa Kemal, Spoil of War, Turkey Fights Back, Greco-Turkish War, New Nations, and Hallow Victory.
Blue Islam and the Silk Road. 48 min., 2006. DVD. Introduction to the Silk Road, features sections on: mosques, women, family, prayer, Eurasian culture, Bukhara. Part Two of the series titled: "Inside Islam."
Boats out of Watermelon Rinds (Karpuz Kabugundan Gemiler Yapmak). DVD. 2004. 101 min. The story of two young boys who live in a small village and have a passion for cinema. One of the boys works in a barber shop, the other sells watermelons. Whenever they find time, they show movies they collect from the local movie-theater, the only person in support of these efforts being the village idiot. The movie was inspired by the director's own passion about cinema, and was made in his own village, all the acting being done by local villagers. Turkish with English subtitles.
The Bonds of Pride. 30 min., 1991. Part Four of the Bill Moyer’s TV series “The Arab World” with Afaf Marsot, Yvonne Y. Haddad, and Michael Suleiman. Explores the nature of Arab identity and the main cultural ties that bind the Arab world: language, the Quran, historical vision, literature, and humor.
Border Cafe (Cafe Transit). 105 min., 2005. A young widow takes over her late husband's truck stop cafe, keeping hidden in the kitchen so as not to cause scandal in Iranian society. Her brother-in-law want to take her as his wife, but enchants a Greek truck driver by her sublime cooking.
The Born again Muslims. 52 min, 1999. This documentary makes clear that the Muslim world is not monolithic in its views. Using the veil as a point of departure, the film explores differing governmental policies on the wearing of the veil in Turkey, Sudan, and Iran. Part 1 of the Beyond the Veil Series. Produced by Kanakna Documentary with Mundovision.
The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan. 90 min., 2004. A look at the life of a young boy who plays on the ruins of the Bamiyan Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban, this documentary captures the hardship of refugee life in Afghanistan.
The Bride Market of Imilchil. 58 min., 1999. Documents the annual three-day bride market at the Imilchil shrine in Morocco where men and women choose mates and marry in a nearby tent.
The Bridge: How Islam Saved Western Medicine. 50 min., 1998. This video examines how the medieval world of Islam preserved, expanded upon, and passed on the ancient philosophy, mathematics, and science of the Greeks to the Western world, where ancient knowledge was lost after the fall of the Roman Empire.
The Broken Wings. 93 min. Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet, describes his passion as a young man for a beautiful woman from Beirut who is destined by social convention to marry someone else.
Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame. DVD. 84 min., 2006. Amidst the wreckage beneath the ruined statue of the Buddha, thousands of families struggle to survive. Baktay, a six-year-old Afghan girl is challenged to go to school by her neighbor's son who reads in front of their cave. Having found the money to buy a precious notebook, and taking her mother's lipstick for a pencil, Baktay sets out. On her way, she is harassed by boys playing games that mimic the terrible violence they have witnessed, that has always surrounded them. The boys want to stone the little girl, to blow her up as the Taliban blew up the Buddha, to shoot her like Americans. Will Baktay be able to escape these violent war games and reach the school? In Persian with English subtitles.
“But I Who Write . . .”: A Conversation with Orhan Pamuk. 59 min., 1997. Produced March 24, 1997 as part of the Jackson School’s “Freedom of Expression Series.” Walter Andrews interviews the Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk.
Byzantium, Islam, and the Crusades. 18 min., 1998. DVD. grades 7-12. Using maps, location shots, period art, and narration, this succinct program summarizes events around the Mediterranean between 330 and 1453 A.D.
Cafe Setareh. DVD. 2005. 102 min. Three women in an old district of Tehran face challenges. Fariba supports herself and family by managing a small cafe in the district with no support from her husband. Young and beautiful Saloomeh dreams of marrying Ebi. She wants for more comfortable life, but Ebi, a mechanic, cannot even pay for a wedding or apartment. Moluk, a middle-aged woman, has fallen for a younger man. In Persian with English subtitles
Cairo: 1001 Years of Art and Architecture. 1999. Introduction to the art and architecture of medieval Cairo. Part I: The Grandeur of Cairo (16 min); Part II: The Word, the Vine and the Star: Spiritual Dimensions of Islamic Art in Cairo (20 min); Part III: Survivors in Stone: 1001 Years of Islamic Architecture in Cairo (51 min.); Part IV: Some Saints of Cairo, Counsels of Ibn Ata' Allah al-Iskandari (10 min.).
Cairo: The City Victorious? (The Arabs: A Living History Series). 50 min. Professor Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Sociologist, American University of Cairo, explains why villagers in Egypt leave their villages for the perceived attractions of the big city, Cairo.
Cairo 678. 2010, 100 min. In Arabic, no English subtitles. A powerful portrait of three women drawn from across Cairo’s complex social hierarchy that are brought together by sexual harassment. Fayza, a traditionally-minded mother, is molested on a daily basis as she takes the bus to work; Seba; a wealthy jewelry designer, recovering from a vicious gang assault starts her own support group; and Nelly, an aspiring stand-up comic draws national outrage for daring to file a sexual harassment lawsuit. The film follows this trio as, frustrated by the lackadaisical response from authorities, they decide to take the law into their own hands and begin exacting violent revenge on men foolish enough to try and harass them.
A Candle for the Shabandar Cafe. 23 min, 2007. DVD. Established in 1917 the Shabandar Cafe in the heart of Baghdad was a cultural landmark, where generations of Iraqis came to discuss and debate literature and politics. In the Baghdad Shorts series.
Captain Abu Raed. 102 min., 2008. DVD. Abu Raed, is an old airport janitor who finds a pilot's hat, wears it home, and is assumed to be a airplane pilot by the poor neighborhood children. He tells them stories of faraway places, encourages them to study, and he tries to protect them from the harsh world they live in. Washington Post Critic's Pick, Winner at Sundance.
Caramel. 93 min., 2008. DVD. A Beirut beauty salon becomes a treasured meeting place for several generations of women, from various walks of life, to talk, seek advice and confide in one another. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Checkpoint: The Palestinians after Oslo. 58 min., 1997. Directed by Tom Wright and produced by Therese Saliba. A critical look at the Oslo peace agreement and its aftermath.
Children of Fire. Filmed by Mai Masri and Jean Khalil Chamoun. A film about life in Nablus in the West Bank under Israeli occupation and the effect of this occupation on its children.
Children of Heaven. 88 min., 1999. DVD. This prize-winning Iranian film celebrates the essence of childhood in a tale of a brother and sister who share a single pair of shoes after the boy loses his sister's only pair. The children keep the loss secret from their parents. Directed by Majid Majidi.
Chronicle of the Years of Embers. 175 min. (2 parts, each approx. 90 min.), 1975. Follows the life of a poor Algerian peasant from a drought-stricken village through his first encounters with colonialism, his service to the French army in WWII, and finally his participation in the Algerian resistance movement. Winner, Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Mohamed Lakdar-Hamina.
Cinema in Iran. 15 min. CBS, “60 Minutes” (June 14, 1998). A brief look at the cultural atmosphere in Iran and its gradual liberalization.
The Cinematic Arab: A Century of Stereotypes. 15 min., 1989. Reviews the role of Arabs in cinema in the U.S., showing how their roles have changed through time. Produced at Oregon State University.
Circle within the Square. 52 min., 2000. This video profiles the life and work of the great sixteenth-century Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan.
City of the Dead and the World Exhibitions. 76 min, 1995. Examines European images of the Arab world from an historical perspective and attempts to discover the roots of contemporary European politics and perception.
The Closed Doors. 109 min, 1999, DVD. This feature film touches on several taboos in contemporary Egyptian society, examining their social and political implications. Set during the Gulf War, it tells the story of a young man who embraces fundamentalist ideas as away of dealing with the confusion of adolescence and sexual awakening. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Collecting Stories from Exile: Chicago Palestinians Remember 1948. 30 min., 1999. Palestinian elders share memories of life before and during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and connect their histories to their current lives in Chicago.
The Color of Paradise. 90 min., 1999. DVD. This Iranian film explores the world of a gifted blind boy at the mercy of his father's crippling sense of shame, who intends to disown him to the win the hand and dowry of a local woman. Directed by Majid Majidi. First Iranian film to be nominated for an Oscar.
A Common Ground . . .Where Three Religions Come Together. 21 min., 1987. Uses still photographs and narrative to explore some of the commonalties and differences of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
The Complete History of Iran, 110 min. (2 DVDs), 2010. History of Iran from ancient times to the present, produced by Shahab Rezaei. In Persian; no English subtitles.
Conversations across the Bosphorous. 1995, 42 min. This documentary intertwines the stories of two Muslim women from Istanbul: one is from an orthodox Islamic family who takes off her veil after years of struggle; the other is from a secular family, who discovers her faith living as an immigrant in San Francisco.
The Conquest of Spain--711 A.D. 30 min, 1995. In 711 A.D. Tariq Ibn Ziyad, leader of the Arab Empire in North Africa, set sail for Spain with a force of Berber warriors. This first raiding party started a chain of events which, with a year extended Arab influence throughout the Iberian peninsula.
Coup: A Documentary on Turkish Military Interventions and Coups d'etat. 2000. This film examines the 1960, 1971, 1980, and 1997 military interventions in Turkey. The work aims to explain recent events in Turkey and the country's relations to the US using rare photos, and interviews with key players or their relatives. Produced by Elif Savas and Brian Felsen.
The Court. 91 min. Pregnant Egyptian attorney is pressured by her husband to quit her career and become a full time mother and housewife.
The Cow. 79 min., 1969. Classic Iranian film about a farmer who being unable to accept the death of his cow---a symbol of his identity, wealth, and status---withdraws into madness. Directed by Dariush Mehrjui, based on a story by Golam Hosain Saedi.
Crescent and Cross: Rise of Islam and Age of Crusades. 58 min. DVD. This program portrays the Crusades as a response to the rapid rise of Islam.
Crossing the Lines: Palestinians and Israelis Speak with the Compassionate Listening Project. 28 min., 2002. Interviews with fifteen Israelis and Palestinians, selected from hours of interviews conducted in 2001 and 2002, this short video aims to bring listeners into the hearts and minds of Palestinians and Israelis.
The Crossroads of Lebanon. 26 min., 2006. A brief overview of the history and culture of Lebanon.
The Crusader Castles. 2006, 27 min., DVD. This program explores the structural aspects of the fortifications and daily life in crusader castles at the 12th-century Frankish castles at Shobak and Kerak in what was known as Transjordan.
The Crusades. DVDs each 90 min., 2006. History Channel, Multimedia Classroom series. Details the history of the first three Crusades, tracing Jerusalem's past the Roman leadership through the Islamic-led years by the ruler Saladin.
Crusades. 50 min., 1995. Four videos, each 50 minutes, examine the reasons for the Crusades, the creation of a mythology of knights and chivalry and the legacy of distrust between East and West. Part four contains some partial nudity, possibly inappropriate for pre-collegiate classroom use. A production of BBC TV and A&E.
The Crusades. 50 min., 2003. DVD. This overview of the Crusades demythologizes the clash between Christian and Islam. Leading historians including James Reston, David Nicolle, Micah Halpern, Ronnie Ellenblum, Akbar Ahmed, and Eliezer Stern reveal recent discoveries that bear on military tactics and technologies of the era. A Discovery Channel Production.
The Crusades Timeline, October 2, 1187. 30 min. DVD. Brief look at the events leading up to Saladin’s victory over the crusaders at Jerusalem.
The Cultural Powers of Sacred Places. 60 min., 2001. Richard D. Hecht, Professor of Religious Studies, UC-Santa Barbara, recorded June 27, 2001 for the Jackson School of International Studies Summer Seminar for Teachers in Kane Hall.
The Curse of Oil. 52 min., 2005. DVD. This program offers a global history of the oil industry and the issues intertwined with it from the early 20th century prospect in South American and the Middle East to war in Iraq. Pivotal events such as the Nasser's seizures of the Suez Canal, the Iran-Iraq war, and the significant of OPEC are examined.
The Cycle (Dayereh Mina). 103 min., 1978(?). Iran. Directed by Dariush Mehrjui. A young man brings his sick father to Tehran for medical treatment and gradually becomes involved in a blood-trafficking ring. Using powerful metaphors, the film was kept from distribution for more than two years by the Shah of Iran.
The Cyclist. 75 min., 1989, Iran. Written and directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a leading post-1979 Iranian filmmaker. A champion marathon cyclist, trying to make enough money to pay for his wife's medical needs, becomes the tool of a con man.
Dead End (Bon-Bast). 82 min., 1978, Iran. Directed by Parvis Sayyad. Based on a plot from Chekov, this film tells the story of a young woman who fantasizes that an acquaintance wishes to marry her. When the man reveals the true purpose of his visit to her home, her world is turned upside down.
Death of a Princess. 120 min., 2005, DVD. PBS Frontline re-issue of the 1980 docudrama recounting the public execution for adultery of a young Saudi Arabian princess and her lover, with an analysis of how the lives of Saudi women have and have not changed in the ensuing years.
Derrida's Elsewhere. 52 min., 1999. Highly personal exploration of Jacques Derrida's life and work; examines his childhood in Algeria, his work in Paris, his spiritual roots in post-colonial Algeria and the Spain of Lorca nd El Greco.
Dervishes of Kurdistan. 52 min. Dervish culture and religious practices in the mountainous frontier between Iran and Iraq.
Dervishes, Lovers of God. (In the “Footsteps of Abraham” series). 27 min. A look at Muslim mystics, known as sufis as they seek a closer spiritual union with God through various rites including the performance of music and dance.
The Descent of Ishtar. 15 min. An artistic recreation of the ancient Babylonian poetic myth of the goddess Ishtar (c. 1800 BCE). Produced by Scott Noegel and Greg Bowman.
Deserted Station. DVD. 88 min., 2002. A photographer and his wife are stranded in a remove village in Iran after their car breads down. The only adult inhabitant leaves with the photographer to find help, while the women takes over the duties of teaching the village children. Story by Abbas Kiarostami. In Persian with English subtitles.
Dishing Democracy: Arab Social Reform via Satellite TV. 2007, 57 min., DVD. This Wide Angle report give an inside look at the popular Arab all-female talk show "Kalam Naweem".
Divine Intervention: A Chronicle of Love and Pain. 92 min., 2002. DVD. This darkly comic masterpiece utilizes irreverence, wit, mysticism and insight to craft an intense, hallucinogenic and extremely adept exploration of the dreams and nightmares of Palestinians and Israelis living in uncertain times. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Divorce Iranian Style [Talagh, be sabke Irani]. 80 min., 1998. This documentary explores the divorce courts of Iran as three women bring there cases before the court. In Persian with English subtitles.
Do Civilizations Clash? 46 min., May 26, 1999, VHS. An International Updates lectures sponsored by the Jackson School featuring Soli Ozel speaking of Islam, Westernization, and the Dilemmas of Turkish Modernity.
Dome of the Rock/Temple Mount. 20 min., May 8, 2001, VHS. ABC News Night Line segment. Explores the history of the conflict over the control of this important site.
The Dove's Lost Necklace. 90 min., 1991. DVD. Second feature in Tunisian director Nacer Khemir's Desert Trilogy reminiscent of The Thousand and One Nights. Hassan sets off in search of a missing fragment of Arabic calligraphy that he believes will reveal all the secrets of love. See also Wanderer of the Desert (first in this trilogy).
A Dream of Justice and Freedom with Hanan Ashrawi. 52 min. An in-depth profile of a remarkable Palestinian woman.
Dream of My People. 66 min. Zvee Scooler narrated this romantic travelogue of 1933 Palestine, accompanied by the singing of the great Cantor Joseph (Yossel) Rosenblatt.
Dreams Betrayed. 118 min. A study of political cinema in Iran during the ten years before the Iranian Revolution.
Dreams of Hind and Camilia. 110 min., 1989. Directed by Mohamed Khan. The film follows the friendship of two servant women in Cairo: Camilla, divorced and unable to bear children; and Hind, a widow who wants to return to her native village. They overcome their circumstances and build a household of their own.
Driving and Arab Street. 39 min., 2002. DVD. This film follows Egyptian taxi drivers as they navigate the streets of Cairo and share their diverse perspectives on both American and Egyptian society, culture, and politics. In Arabic with English subtitles.
The Druze. DVD. 2004. This documentary traces the history of the Druze, a Muslim sect that follows the teaching of Al-Hakim (985-1021). Episode I: 1017-1943; Episode II: 1943-75; Episode II: 1975-2003. Each episode is 70 minutes. In Arabic with English subtitles
The Dupes (Al Makhdu’um). DVD. 107 min., 1972. Based on the 1962 novella Men in the Sun by Ghassan Kanafani. The story of three Palestinian refugees in Iraq who are try to get across the border to Kuwait where they hope for a better life. One of the first Arab films to examine the Palestinian question.
Edward Said's Return Home. See: In Search of Palestine.
Egypt: The Habit of Civilization. 57 min., 1991. Part of the Legacy series. Pharaonic Egypt.
Egypt: Quest for Eternity. 60 min. Produced by The Christian Science Monitor. A look at monuments of Pharaonic Egypt through the eyes of some of the leading Egyptologists of our time.
An Egyptian Salad [Salata Baladi]. 105 min., 2008. DVD. Nadia Kamel, long-time assistant to the legendary Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine, educates her nephew in this documentary about his material grandmother--a remarkable woman, part Jewish, part Christian, part Muslim who was a feminist and communist. In Arabic with English subtitles.
El Moulid. 38 min., 1990. DVD. This documentary captures the festive and religious mood of the 700-year-old moulid (birth) of the 13th-century Muslim Wali, Sayyid Ahmad Al-Badawy, held annually in Tanta, Egypt during the cotton festival.
El Sebou': Egyptian Birth Ritual. 27 min., 1986, DVD. Examines the birth ritual that takes place on the seventh day of a child's life celebrated by both Muslim and Coptic communities in Egypt.
Empire of Evil: An Inside Look at Iranian Society. DVD. 2004, 91 min. This program takes viewers behind the facade of the theocratic state, following a handful of everyday Iranian citizens and addressing questions ignored by most mainstream media.
End of Mission. 15 min. The devastation of Kuwait University during the Gulf War.
The English Sheik and the Yemeni Gentleman. 76 min., 2000. Bader Ben Hirsi rediscovers his homeland after living in exile in London. With the friendship of his tour guide, an Englishman who has lived in Yemen for sixteen years, he explores the culture and traditions of Yemen.
Expressing the Inexpressible by Shirin Neshat. 2004, 42 min. Iranian-born filmmaker Shirin Neshat addresses the complex forces shaping the identity of Muslim women through the world.
Eye of the Storm: Jerusalem's Temple Mount. 2004, 52 min., DVD. A look at the Temple Mount/Dome of the Rock, which stands at the heart of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, this program offers a wide array of perspectives on the role and future of this sacred place to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
Faces of Arafat. 57 min. Profiles Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the PLO, and discusses options for the Palestinians in the Middle East.
Fama: Heroism without Glory [Fama: Boutoulat Billa Magd]. 52 min., 2004. DVD. Celebrates the life and career of Me Fama, the Moroccan revolutionary who fought against French and Spanish troops before Morocco was granted independence in 1956. Part of the Women Pioneers Collection.
Family Ties. 50 min. Part of “The Arabs: A Living History” series. Interviews with members of an extended family living in Amman, Jordan; young women in Tunisia, and the first woman commercial airplane pilot in Jordan. Puts American audiences in touch with the ways Middle Easterners feel about women and the importance of the family in their cultures.
Farha. 40 min. A young girl’s experiences growing up on the West Bank.
A Female Cabby in Sidi Bel-Abbes. 52 min., 2000. Soumicha, mother of three, the first woman taxi driver in Sidi Bel-Abbes, Algeria, acquaints the viewers with her city and the many contradictory aspects of life in that city.
The Fence. 46 min., 2004. This documentary about the fence being built by Israel probes two points of views: the Israelis' longing for security and the Palestinian's quest for freedom. Written, directed, and narrated by Alexandre Troudeau.
Festival of Traditional Saudi Song and Dance. 89 min., 1994. Traditional Saudi Arabian song and dance.
The Fifty Years War: Israel and the Arabs. 1999, two 150-min VHS tapes. Filmed on location, covers Israel's struggle for statehood, victories in 1948 and 1967, traces the history of the PLO, the history of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Camp David accord in 1978, the start of the Intifada in 1987, and theOslo agreement in 1993
Fight for Oil: 100 Years in the Middle East. 3 pts, each 52 min., 2007. DVD. Part 1: Discovery of oil in Persian in 1908 to British departure from Iran in the 1950s; Part 2: From 1970s to the Gulf War; Part 3: After effects of second Gulf War to 2006.
Finding Common Ground in the Middle East Peace Process. 81 min., October 23, 2003. Sari Nusseibeh, President Al-Quds University and Ami Ayalon, Former Head of Israeli Security (Shin Beit) present their grass-roots initiated peace plan for Israel and Palestine.
The Five Pillars of Islam. 30 min. This DVD introduces the essential principles of Islam and put into historical context. Part of The World of Islam series.
Flash-Point: Israel. 150 min., DVD.
Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football. 92 min., DVD & Blu-Ray. 2011. This documentary follows a predominately Arab-American high school football team from a Detroit suburb as they practice for a big game during the last ten days of Ramadan, revealing a community holding onto its Islamic faith while they struggle for acceptance in post 9/11 America.
Forget Baghdad. 112 min., 2002. DVD. Documentary of the director's search for friends of his father--Iraqi Jews who were Communists in the 40s-50s. The film explores the los of their homeland and their cultural identity. Interwoven with commentary by Professor Elia Shohat, CUNY, who reflects on the cliches of Jew and Arab in Israeli and Iraqi society. In Arabic and English.
Forough Farokhzad Owje Mowj. DVD. 60 min. A rare documentary about the life and theatrical works of Forough Farokhzad, with much rare and never seen before footage of Forough Farokhzad's acting career, home movies, and personal photos. It also features reflections by:Dariush Mehrjuee, Pouran Farokhzad, Kaveh Golestan, Bahram Beizaee. In Persian with NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
Four Hundred and Forty-Four Days: The Iran Hostage Crisis. 1.5 hours, 2003. DVD. Drawing on archival footage and interviews with American hostages and their Iranian captors this program looks at the 1981 hostage crisis in Tehran in which Americans were held for fourteen months and ultimately changed the political landscape in Iran and as well as the United States' relationship to Iran.
Four Women of Egypt. 1997, 90 min. Four politically active women from Egypt are profiled in this documentary exploring the opposing religious, social, and political views of modern-day Egypt.
From Babylon to Beverly Hills: The Exodus of Iran's Jews. 27 min., 2003. DVD. The story of Iranian Jewish families exodus from the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran to America.
From the End of the Ottoman Empire to the Suez Crisis, 1900-56. 60 min., 2002(?), VHS. Covers the fall of the Ottoman empire, French and British domination, the two world wars, the birth of Israel, and the Suez Crisis.
From Idaho to Iran, 2003, DVD. Documentary in which Marcia Franklin discusses her 6-week trip to Iran in 2003. She spent time touring the country and exploring Iran’s environmental movement as well as learning about the country and its people.
From Mesopotamia to Iraq. 26 min. Iraq's glorious history is examined in this film.
From Language to Language [Misefa Lesafa]. 55 min., 2004. DVD. Filmmaker Nurith Aviv interviews Israeli writers, musicians, actors and rabbis from varying countries and ethnic backgrounds in an exploration of the relationship between their mother tongues and Hebrew. Among those interviewed are author Aharon Appelfeld, actress Evgenya Dodina, rabbi Daniel Epstein, and poet Salman Masalha.
From the Suez Crisis to the Gulf War, 1956-92. 60 min., 2002 (?). Sweeping overview
Frontiers of Dreams and Fears. 56 min., 2001. Traces the friendship that evolves between two Palestinian girls in different refugee camps. Directed by Mai Masri this film won First Prize for a documentary in the 2002 International Festival of Films by Women-Turin.
Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family. 82 min., 1984. Written, directed, and produced by Joan Mandell and Pea Holmquist. Documentary on the frustrations of Palestinian refugees living in the Gaza strip and the irreconcilability of hard-line positions.
Gaza Strip. 74 min., 2001. Filmed by James Longley in the winter of 2001 in the Gaza Strip, when Arien Sharon was elected as Israeli Prime Minister. Depicts day-to-day life in the Occupied Territories.
German Speaking Professors, pt. 1: 15 min., pt. 2: 40 min., 1991. Turkish with English subtitles. These programs are part 6 of "Bosphorus Exiles," produced for Turkish television. The programs examine the impact of German artists and academics who fled to Turkey immediately before and during World War II. To request this video, ask for "Sephardic Jews," Part 2, which is also recorded on this tape.
Ghurbal. 38 min., 2005. DVD. Examines the Egyptian rural craft of making a sieve called "ghurbal" used in the birth ceremonies in Egypt.
Going By. DVD. 2001, 86 min. Four carloads of people take the main road from Tehran to northern Iran, each for different reasons. The characters do not know each other, and their final destinations differ, but their conversations about life and death have much in common. While staying within the conventions of the road movie, director Iraj Karimi successfully adds a metaphorical dimension to the daylong journey of the characters. In Persian with English subtitles.
Good Kurds, Bad Kurds: No Friends But the Mountains. 79 min., 2000. Freelance journalist Kevin McKiernan examines the plight of the Kurds. Without a homeland, they are the pawns of stronger nations. US policy has viewed them as "good" if they were resisting Saddam Hussein in Iraq; or"bad," when fighting for a homeland and identity against Turkey—a strategic ally of the US.
Granada, 1492. 30 min., 2004(?), DVD. Combining dramatic realism and historical accuracy the capture of Granada and the Alhambra is narrated as though it was a network news story. Muslim and Jews are promised protection, but they fear religious intolerance.
Grass. 70 min. 1927. A classic early documentary, this b/w silent movie chronicles the migration of 50,000 Bakhtiari nomads as they make their annual migration. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, directors. (See People of the Wind for the 1976 remake of this video.)
Gizli Yüz (Secret Face). 115 min., 1991. Directed by Ömer Kavur. Screenplay by Orhan Pamuk. A photographer searches for a mysterious woman who has disappeared.
The Hajj: One American’s Pilgrimage to Mecca. 22 min. ABC “Nightline” segment (April 18, 1997). The American-Muslim writer Michael Wolfe documents his trip to Mecca during the hajj and explains the origins and meaning of various rituals.
Hajj: The Pilgrimage. 52 min., 2000. Details of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, includes footage of the city of Medina, battlefield of Uhud and changing of the embroidered Kaaba cover. Part of the "Islam Rising Series."
Half for Me, Half for You. DVD. 110 min. Comedy. Story of a man secretly has married two different women and now after a series of incidents decides to tell both of his wives about the other one but his daughters who are afraid this may end up in their parents getting divorce, do not allow him to do that Persian with NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
Halfaouine, Boy of the Terraces. 98 min. A 12-year-old boy’s life, family, and community in Tunisia.
Hamoon. 119 min., 1993. Written and directed by Dariush Mehrjui. Tells the story of an Iranian intellectual who lives in Tehran and is overwhelmed by his failing marriage, traditional culture, and his mundane bureaucratic job.
Heaven on Earth: Monuments to Belief: Islam. 26 min., 2004. Illustrates how, through architecture and art, Muslims have articulated their faith. Sites include mosques in Mali, Delhi, Istanbul, Spain, and New York City.
Hidden Wars of Desert Storm.2000, 60 min., VHS. This documentary investigates the antecedents to the Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait; contains archival footage and interviews with key players.
Hide and Seek. 90 min., 1980. Hebrew with English subtitles. Set in the late 1940s, this film delves into the values and contradictions that are to affect Israel’s first generation, its “sabras.” Directed by Dan Wolman, with Gila Almagor, Doron Tavori, and Chaim Hadaya.
His Majesty: King Hussein. 60 min., 1999. Insightful narrative and rare historical footage trace the story of King Hussein bin Talal al-Hashem, who ruled Jordan for 47 years.
Hollywood Harems. 1999, 24 min. Juxtaposing film clips from the 20s, 60s, 70s, and 80s this video explores Hollywood’s fascination with an exotic east of its own manufacture fusing things Arab, Persian, Chinese and Indian and reinforcing stereotypes.
Holy Places and Pilgrimage. 29 min., DVD. Explores the meaning of holiness, examining how holiness is born of people, places, and events within Judaism Christianity, and Islam.
The Holy Warriors, 52 min., 1998. Examines the reasons for more radical interpretations of the Quran in Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Analysis of the jihad aims to help Westerners understand why some Muslims are trying to escape westernization through violence. Asks how differing cultures can find a common basis for mutual respect. Part 2 of the "Beyond the Veil" Series, produced by Kanakna Documentary with Mundovision.
The Holy Wars: In the Name of Allah. 30 min, 2005. DVD. This program explores the historical relationship between militarism and strictly interpreted religion.
Honorable Murder. 55 min., 2002(?), VHS. This program examines the cultural tradition that makes women the talisman of family honor and the practice of atoning for dishonor with their blood.
The Horse. 116 min., 1983. Story of a father and son’s struggle against poverty and hardship to earn enough money to send the boy to school.
The House on Chelouche Street. 111 min. Story of an immigrant’s eldest son who grows to manhood in Israel’s early years following independence.
House of Saud. 120 min., 2005, DVD. A PBS Frontline program, this production investigates the Saudi royal family through interviews with members of the family, government officials, and regional experts. The documentary also traces America's relations with the Saudi royal family from the early 1930s to the present.
The Hunger. 120 min., 1991. A cinematic masterpiece produced by the revolutionary 60s generation inspired by the Nobel Prize Laureate Naguib Mahfouz's folk hero myths. The film shows the rise of the people's hero and his fast corruption through power. Set in 1887 it clearly analyses the present. Starring Soad Hosni, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Yousra, Abdel Aziz Makyhoun; directed by Ali Badrakhan.
Hyenas under the Sun. 95 min. A Tunisian fishing village struggles over the question of tradition versus modernity when investors from the city want to turn their village into a luxury resort.
I Call Myself Persian: Iranians in America. 27 min., 2002. This film looks at Iranian-Americans and lets them speak about how their identities are affected by being made to feel as outsiders in the country they call home.
The Illegals. 56 min., 1948/1996, VHS. Author Meyer Levin joined the Haganah's European underground after WWII, and recorded on film the story of the "Aliyah Bet"--the clandestine movement of Holocaust survivors to Palestine. Levin followed their journey overland and aboard crowded ships. His film was confiscated by the British in 1948, but 50 years later Levin recovered it to make this film.
Images of the Qhajar Dynasty [Tasavuru az Ghajar & Madresei keh baad bord]. DVD. Two short films directed and edited by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The first film, Images from the Qhajar Dynasty (1993, 18 min.) is a fascinating documentary that uses rare photos and early film footage shot during the late 19th and early 20th centuries at the Shah's court. The second short film The School Blown Away by the Wind (1996, 8 min) is et in the school for nomad children seen in Makhmalbaf's Gabbeh. In this short tale, an old man enters the improvised classroom to revisit memories of his youth. In Persian with English subtitles.
In My Own Skin: The Complexity of Living as an Arab in America. 16 min, 2001. A thought-provoking collection of meditations on issues of identity, race, and gender as experienced by five young Arab women living in New York.
In the Name of Islam. November 17, 2001, VHS. CBS-KIRO TV affiliate. Produced by Ben Saboochian.
In Search of Bin Laden. 56 min., 2001, VHS. PBS Frontline documentary in collaboration with the New York Times, with introduction by Bill Moyers, provides background on the life of Osama bin Laden
In Search of Palestine: Edward Said's Return Home. DVD. 2004, 50 min. This program captures the interconnection between Edward Said's personal recollections and the shared memory of the Palestinian people.
In the Spirit: Ilahis Mystic Hymns. 90 mins., DVD, (recorded in 1980). Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak and Nur Lex Hixon with the Jerrahi Order of Devishes, includes chanting of the Islamic call to prayer, hymns sung by dervish adepts from Turkey and footage of Shaykh Muzaffer performing the salat prayers. Pir Productions.
The Inner Life. 25 min. (Pt. of The Traditional World of Islam series). Examines the major role sufism has played in civilization, draws examples from Egypt, Morocco, Iran, and India. Introduction to the Arab World. 48 min., 1988. Produced by Amideast. This program is divided into three 15-minute segments: “Overview,” “Islam,” and “Arab Society Today.”
Inside Iran. DVD. 23 min., 2004. Examines an Iranian society in flux, this program looks at the newly emerging reformist and democratic movements. An ABC News "Nightline" segment, originally broadcast on January 29, 2004.
Inside Islam. DVD. 100 min., 2002. Explores the history, basic tenets, and future challenges of Islam. Produced for A&E History Channel.
Inside the Closed Kingdom: Saudi Arabia. 22 min., 2004. DVD. This documentary depicts Saudi Arabia as a country of frustrated young people, sixty percent under the age of 25 who are increasingly alienated both by some of the foray family and by the perceived American aggression against Muslim countries.
Inside the Kingdom: Life in Saudi Arabia. 23 min., 2002. Produced by ABC News, this program examines the tensions in Saudi Arabia following 9/11, the country's rampant unemployment, and declining oil revenues.
Inside Mecca. DVD. 60 min., 2003. Produced by National Geographic, this DVD follows the spiritual journey of three pilgrims as they join fellow Muslims on the hajj to Mecca. Explores key Islamic sites and ancient rituals associated with the hajj.
Introduction to the Arab World. 48 min., 1988. Produced by Amideast. This program is divided into three 15-minute segments: “Overview,” “Islam,” and “Arab Society Today.”
Iran. 50 min., 2003. Ian Wright leads a tour through Iran. The tour starts in Tehran, heads into the mountains for skiing in Dizin, travels on to Isfahan via the Caspian coast and ends at Persepolis. Included are visits to Khomeini's shrine and the citadel at Bam. The festival of Ashura, traditional wrestling, and sturgeon fishing are filmed.
Iran: A Modern Dilemma. 29 min., 1994. This program traces the history of the Persian Empire from the first millennium BC to the establishment of modern day-Iran. Examines petroleum resources, the Shah's efforts to modernize, and life after the 1979 revolution.
Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution. DVD. 2007, 98 min. Traces the development of the Iranian film industry, which has always been closely intertwined with the country's political history. Explores Iranian history through a compelling blend of archival footage, excerpts from representative and landmark Iranian films, and interviews with Iranian filmmakers, film critics, film historians, and government and film industry executives. In the process reveals the changing social functions of Iranian cinema and the artistic struggle of its filmmakers. In Persian with English subtitles.
Iran: The Dream of Democracy. DVD. 52 min. 2005? This documentary reviews why and how the dream of democracy in Iran remain just that, a dream. Examining the major political events of the presidency of Mohammed Khatami, the film reveals the current climate of the Iranian political system. It questions the compatibility of an Islamic state with freedom and democracy.
Iran: Fundamentalism vs Modernism. DVD. 2007? 102 min. This documentary attemps to redefine Western preconceptions about Iran by presenting two main opposing facton within Iran society: the current Islamic leadership and the repressed younger generation. In Persian with English subtitles.
Iran: Hot Tea, Cool Conversations. DVD. 78 min., 2009. Documentary of an American college student's journey to Iran, where he interviews individuals from all walks of life to produce a portrait of the people of Iran.
Iran Is Not the Problem. 79 min., 2007(?) DVD.This documentary explores events leadin up to the escalating situation in Iran while exposing the motivations behind the current US strategy in Iran and the failure of the American mass media to provide the public with an accurate picture of current affairs.
Iran--Rick Steves. DVD. 2009. 60 min. Well-known Seattle travel guide, Rick Steves, explores Iran, visiting historical sites and interviewing Iranians as he introduces the history and culture of Iran.
Iran: Veiled Appearances. 58 min., 2002. Composed of a series of diverse, contradictory images of everyday life in Iran juxtaposed against historical footage of protest and revolution, this videos is an insightful documentary about Iran 23 years after the Islamic Revolution.
Iran Undercover. DVD. 60 min., 2008? A documentary about the Iranian student movement. Canadian reporter Jane Kokan goes undercover to reveal what is really going on in Iran, securing exclusive interviews with leaders of Iran's hidden revolution, and detailing, with powerful video and forensic evidence, the 'disappearances' and torture of young people opposed to the regime.
Iranian Journey. DVD. 1999, 54 min. Massoumeh Soltan Baloghie is the first woman long-distance bus driver in Iran. Iraqi filmmaker Maysoon Pachachi joins her on a 5,000-kilometer trip from Tehran to Bandar Abbas, talking with her passengers, her family and people en route to learn more about her remarkable story. These casual conversations reveal the overwhelming sense of expectation Iranians express about the possibility of change in their country, and the relationship between traditional and modern life, city and countryside, sacred and secular. Scenic footage from the road trip and stops along the way uncover an Iranian life that few foreigners see: a noted women’s medical college in Qom, the production of rose water in Kashan, the Zoroastrian background of Yazd, and the bustling port of Bandar Abbas.
The Iranian Revolution of 1979. 1997, VHS. WA State History Day, Third Place. Student production of Bainbridge Island High School. Featuring students: Samar Al-Bulushi, Ben A. Kinson, Cari Crane, and Pete Freeman.
Iraq. 15 min., May 12, 1996, VHS. CBS News segment on Iraq.
Iraq: The Cradle of Civilization. 57 min., 1991. Part of the PBS Legacy series. Explores early civilization, agriculture and cities along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Narrated by Michael Woods.
Iraq Sanctions: Debate between Scott Ritter, former UN Weapons Inspector in Iraq; and Shafeeq Ghabra, Director, Kuwait Information Office. 90 min., 2001. Taped at University of Washington, Seattle
Iraq, UNSCOM, and Richard Butler. 30 min., 1999. ABC News Nightline segment, narrated by Chris Wallace. Richard Butler, former head of the UN Special Commission to Disarm Iraq, discusses lack of Western commitment to the undertaking.
Iraqi Women: An Interview with Nadje Al-Ali. 44 min., 2008. DVD. This interview with sociologist Nadje Al-Ali discusses the history and culture of Iraq as it relates to women beginning with the Iraqi Women's League of the 1950s and 60s, the struggles of the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s and continuing through the 1991 Gulf War, the years of sanctions and the 2003 Iraq/US war.
Isa Kremer: The People’s Diva. 56 min. Portrait of internationally acclaimed artistic pioneer who san in 24 languages and was the first woman to bring Yiddish songs to the world’s concert stages.
Isfahan: A City Known as "Half the World." 1997. Documents the major sites of the city of Isfahan.
Isfahan of Shah Abbas. 30 min., 1995. Fogg Art Museum. This video examines the daily live, art, and architecture of the reign of the great Safavid ruler, Shah Abbas I (1588-1629). Written by Anthony Welch, Harvard University.
Islam. 56 min., 2001. Hans Küng, noted theologian, maps out the history of Islam and probes how Muslims and non-Muslims can live together harmoniously.
Islam. 50 min., 1987. Smithsonian World segment, narrated by David McCullough. Covers basics of the Five Pillars, Qur’an, Prophet’s life, founding of al-Fustat, Sunni-Shia rift, Sufis, Islam’s contribution to science.
Islam, 600-1200. 26 min. DVD. The early history of Islam and its basic tenets are explored in this short presentation.
Islam: A Closer Look. 30 min. Short documentary about Islam, debunks misconceptions, particularly in North America.
Islam: Empire of Faith. 2 videos., each 90 min., 2001. Produced by PBS, narrated by Ben Kingsley Tells the story of the first 1,000 years of Islam from the birth of Muhammad to the golden era of the Ottoman Empire
Islam: An Introduction for Teachers. 60 min., 2001. Jere L. Bacharach, Professor of History, University of Washington. Recorded June 28, 2001 at the Jackson School of International Studies Summer Seminar for Teachers: Spiritual Spaces around the World.
Islam: A Pictorial Essay in Four Parts. 90 min., 1997. Produced by the Islamic Texts Society. Explores doctrine, life of the Prophet, faith, history, culture, arts, and sciences.
Islam and Christianity. 30 min., 1994. Examines the historical relations between Islam and Christianity. Iran's ambassador to the Vatican, Mohammad Masjed Jame'i, explains the basic differences. Part of the "Islamic Conversations Series."
Islam and Its Five Pillars. 28 min., DVD. Examines the mining of Islam and its five pillars both within a Muslim context and in relation to the Christian and Jewish traditions. Part of the Islam and Christianity: A Comparative Analysis series.
Islam in America. 60 min., 1991. Produced by The Christian Science Monitor. Balanced, easy-to-follow discussion of Islam and, in particular, the lives of Muslims in America. Sections include "Faith" in Cedar Rapids, "Prayer" in Los Angeles, etc. Many segments include pictures of young people engaged in the study and practice of Islam. The video is designed for classroom use: each section ends with a video quiz and fun facts; a small study guide comes with the program.
Islam Today. 30 min. This DVD looks at the challenges facing Islam at the end of the 20th century including the tension between traditional and modern values and wealth and poverty. Part of the World of Islam series.
Islamic Art. 32 min. This DVD discusses the architecture and sculpture of mosques and Koranic schools, the illumination and calligraphy of sacred texts, music, the art of the garden, and the influence of the abstract arabesque on Western art. Part of the World of Islam series.
Islamic Art and Architecture. 23 min. General survey of Islamic art and architecture.
Islamic Art in the V&A. DVD. 2006, 51 min. This program highlights the Jameel Collection of Islamic art at London's Victoria and Albert Museum
The Islamic City. 30 min. This DVD explores the Islamic city as exemplified by the cities of Cairo, Damascus, and Sana’a centered around the traditional medina, mosques, and souks. Part of the World of Islam series.
The Islamic Mind. Part of the “World of Ideas Series” by Bill Moyers, featuring Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
Islamic Science and Technology. 30 min., DVD. From the mid 8th century until the European Renaissance, Arabic was the language of mathematics and science. Islamic science synthesized earlier Greek, Indian, and Near Eastern thinking making significant contributions to the fields of astronomy, physics, medicine, and engineering. Part of the World of Islam series.
The Islamic Tradition. (Religion in Human Culture Series). Approx. 30 min. Discusses basic precepts of Islam.
Israel: The First Forty Years. 2004, 49 min., DVD. Showing Palestine under the British Protectorate and the arrival of Holocaust survivors in 1946, this program begins with David Ben-Gurion's proclamation of the state of Israel, and proceeds through the first forty years of Israel's history.
Israel: Land of Destiny. 29 min, 1994. Examines Israel past and present, considers the state's development of kibbutzim, public housing, and new cities.
Israel: A Nation Is Born. 3 videos, each containing two 60-minute segments. 1992. Hosted by former Israeli ambassador to the US, Abba Eban. Volume 1: From the Rise of Zionism to 1948 and The Creation of the State (1948-56); Volume 2: Coming of Age (1956-1967) and Six Days That Changed the Middle East (1967-73); Volume 3: New Conflicts, New Dreams (1973-90), On the Brink of Peace.
Israelis-Palestinians: Shadows of Peace. 53 min., 2000 (?), VHS. This program examines the roots of the conflict up to the present with men and women on both sides working to bring about a nonviolent resolution
Jerusalem: City of Neighborhoods. 30 min. Discusses various neighborhoods of Jerusalem. Languages are English with Hebrew and Arabic subtitled in English.
Jerusalem: 1948 (Yoom Ilak, Yoom Aleik). 45 min., 1998. This video covers the events in Jerusalem and the major villages to the south and west in the period between the 1947 UN Partition Resolution and the first truce between the Arab and Israeli armed forces in June 1948. Written and directed by Leon Willems and Tinus Kramer.
Jerusalem: An Occupation Set in Stone? 55 min. 1996. Produced by the Palestinian Housing Rights Movement, examines Israel’s urban planning policies.
Jerusalem: Within These Walls. 59 min. 1986. National Geographic. Examines the old city of Jerusalem as the nexus of three major religions and the stage for three millennia of faith and conflict.
Jewish Law: At Home. 50 min., 2005, DVD. This program visits several orthodox Jewish households to examine the profound connection between the mitzvot and Jewish family life.
The Jews of Djerba. 26 min., 1977. Explores the history and culture of a small Jewish community at Djerba, an island off the southeast coast of Tunisia.
The Jews of Iran. 2000?, 13 min. A documentary on the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside of Israel, this film examines the Jewish community in Iran.
The Jewish Tradition. (Religion in Human Culture Series). Approx. 30 min. Discusses basic precepts of Judaism.
The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam. DVD. 2005, 95 min. Kamran is a 12 year old boy in the present day who discovers that his ancestor is the 11th Century Mathematician, Astronomer, Poet of Persia, Omar Khayyam. The story has been passed down in his family from one generation to another, and now it is his responsibility to keep the story alive for future generations. The film takes us from the modern day to the epic past where the relationship between Omar Khayyam, Hassan Sabbah (the original creator of the sect of Assassins) and their mutual love for a beautiful woman separate them from their eternal bond of friendship. Filmed almost entirely on location in Samarkand and Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Mainly in English, with some Persian.
The Key. 76 min. Humor, pathos and suspense inform this story of a four-year-old boy left home alone to tend to his infant sibling while his mother goes grocery shopping.
Kibbutz. 58 min., 2005. DVD. This documentary explores the kibbutz tradition in Israel while examining the decline of a specific kibbutz known as Hulata in the face of privatization and changing attitudes. Film directed by Racheli Schwartz and produced by Gal Productions.
King Hussein, 1935-1999, 60 min., 2000(?), VHS. King Hussein bin Talal al-Hashem ruled Jordan for 47 years, crowned at the age of 17. Interviews and rare historical footage tell the story of his life.
Knowledge of the World. 25 min. (Pt. of The Traditional World of Islam series). Examines the history of institutions of higher learning in the Middle East, such as al-Ahzar in Cairo, also touches on Islam’s contributions to Western science.
The Koran, the Sound that Calls Allah. 45 min., 2006(?), DVD. Filmed in Turkey, Lebanon and Iran this documentary examines the history of Islam through the teachings of the Koran.
Kurdistan: The Last Colony? 52 min. After a quick overview of 3,000 years of Kurdish history, the video focuses on Kurdish national movements in Turkey, Syria, Soviet Armenia, Iran, and Iraq.
Kurdistan: The Promised Country. 30 min. Seen from the point of view of an Iraqi Kurd who explores the fragile democracy being created in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Kuwait at Fifty. DVD. 2013. General introduction to Kuwait, its history, culture, economics. With short teachers guide.
Kuwait University: One Year After Liberation. 1992. Produced by the Kuwaiti Government. A look at the destruction and rebuilding of the country's premiere university.
Lady of the Palace [Sayedat Al-Kasr]. 58 min., 2003. DVD. Traces the history of Mt Lebabnon's Jumblat family from the 17th century to the present, focusing on the early-20th-century leader and politican Nazira Jumblat.
The Land (Al-Ard). 130 min., 1969. VHS. Adapted from the novelist Abdel Rahman Al-Sharqawi's novel of the same name, this classic film by the Egyptian master Youssef Chahine chronicles a small village's struggles against the careless inroads of a large local landowner. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Land of Promise. 57 min., 1935. This film, produced for Israel's Keren Hayesod in 1935, is an effort to showcase Jewish Palestine to the world.
Lebanon: Imprisoned Splendour. 1996, 60 min. Daizy Gedeon, who grew up in Australia, returns to Lebanon and shares her personal experiences as she discovers the land of her parents. Produced and directed by Daizy Gedeon. Winner 1996 Silver Screen Award, US International Film & Video Festival.
The Legend of Rose Al-Youssef [Oustouret Rose Al-Youssef]. 2002, 56 min. DVD. This documentary examines the life of Rose Al-Youssef, an Egyptian actress and political activist of the early 20th century who raised Egyptian's society's respect for the theatre through a weekly magazine she founded in 1925 and which ultimately became a leading journal of politics and social criticism, which remains widely circulated today. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Leila. DVD. 120 min. Reza and Leila, an attractive and affluent young couple deeply in love and recently married, discover that Leila is unable to conceive. Invoking tradition, Reza's mother convinces her daughter-in-law that Reza must take a second wife to produce an heir. This provocative and eloquent story, from "Iran's longest running cinematic master" (Village Voice), is a stunning portrayal of the clash between tradition and modern marriage; between manipulation and the power of love. Produced and directed Dariush Mehrjui. In Persian with English subtitles.
Letters from Iran. DVD. 33 minutes, 2006. An account of an expatriate's return to his homeland after several decades away. Through a series of letters written to a friend in the United States, he describes his emotions and provides glimpses of everyday life in Iran along with the cultural changes taking place. In English with Persian subtitles.
Life and Nothing More. 91 min., 1992. Investigates the aftermath of a major earthquake in northern Iran that killed an estimated 50,000 people in 1990. Directed by Abbas Kiarostami.
Liberation of Israel, Liberation of Palestine. approx. 70 min., April 15, 2003. Eyad El Sarraj, Secretary General Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens Rights and Chairman, Gaza Community Mental Health Program, Gaza, speaking at Kane Hall, University of Washington.
Light of Allah Shining throughout Europe, Andalucia. 48 min., 2006. DVD. Overview of Islamic influence in Spain, with sections on: Cordoba, Seville, Granada, and the Alhambra. Part Five of the series titled: "Inside Islam."
A Line in the Sand. 1 hr. 1990. Originally aired Sept., 1990, on ABC TV with Peter Jennings as host. Details the events leading up to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August, 1990.
Lion of the Desert. 93 min., 1981. This desert epic about the Libyan hero Omar Mukhtar who helped his nation fend off an Italian invasion in 1929. Anthony Quinn stars as Omar Mukhtar, who organizes Libyan forces to hold off the advancing Italian troops under General Rodolfo Graziana (Oliver Reed), who are trying to gain a foothold on Libyan soil under direct orders from the Italian dictator Mussolini (Rod Steiger). With the persistence of Mukhtar, the Libyans, battling the tanks and guns of the Italian army with their Bedouin troops on horseback, managed to hold off y the Italians for twenty years, until Mukhtar was finally captured and executed.25th anniversary edition, 2-disc set with complete film in both English and Arabic.
Living in Paradise (Vivre au Paradis). 105 min., 1998. Set in France in 1961-62 during the Algerian War, this film focuses on the plight of Algerian immigrants to France. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Living Islam Series. 6 Parts, each approx. 50 min., 1993. Ambrose Video with BBC. Part 1: Foundations. Introduces the basic tenets of Islam. Part 2: The Challenge of the Past. Examines the three great Islamic empires (Ottoman, Safavid, Mughal), their rise and decline. Part 3: Struggling with Modernity. Discusses the tensions within Islamic states as they attempt to make laws and practices compatible with the 21st century. Part 4: Paradise Lies at the Feet of the Mother. Examines family life and the position of women under Islamic law in Egypt, Iran, and Indonesia. Part 5: Among the Non-Believers. Explores how Muslim minorities live in non-Islamic societies, such as the former USSR, Europe, and parts of Africa. Part 6: The Last Crusade. Examines the revolutionary and reform spirit sweeping many Islamic states. Locations visited include Jerusalem, Cairo, Kadvna, and Teheran.
Living with the Past. 56 min, 2001. The film is a portrait of Darb al-Ahmar, a neighborhood in the old city of Cairo now facing a process of radical change. Produced by Elizabeth Fernea.
The Long Search. Islam: There is No God But God. 52 min. Part of a series on world religions, this segment deals with Islam, traveling to Egypt to take part in a village wedding, to a market town for dawn prayers, and then into Cairo.
Lovers' Wind [Le vent des amoureux / Baad-e saba]. 2 hours, 1978. A visually stunning documentary made by the French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse it shows Iran's beautiful landscape from a wind's point of view. Lamorisse was killed in a helicopter crash while shooting this documentary near Teheran. The work was later edited from his notes and was nominated for an Oscar as best feature documentary for the Academy Awards for 1978. English narration. Note that the documentary starts after about 5 minutes of advertising.
Maghreb: Back in Middle Ages, 30 min., 2003. A brief look at the city of Fez. A Flying Monk Film.
The Making of the Arabs. 50 min., 1986. Part of “The Arabs: A Living History” series. Narrator Basim Musallam introduces the viewer to the variety of life, opinion, and history in the Arab world. He asks Arabs from Morocco to Lebanon, his former home, to help him define the meaning of what it means to be an Arab.
The Making of a Dictator. 29 min. Produced by America's Defense Monitor. Discusses dictators who became more dangerous after being armed by Western allies.
Mahmoud Darwich: As the Land Is the Language. 60 min., 1997. This film examines the immense popularity of the Arab poet Mahmoud Darwich, placing his work in its political, historical, and cultural context.
Man and Nature. 25 min. (Pt. of The Traditional World of Islam series). Shows examples from various parts of the Islamic world of man’s cooperation with the forces of nature, leading to the building in ancient times of water systems and windmills.
The Maronites. DVD. 2004. The Maronites constitute the largest Catholic Christian group in the Middle East. Using rare historical footage, this documentary traces the history of this community to the modern day. Episode I: 685-1920; Episode II: 1920-68; Episode III: 1968-75; Episode IV: 1975-2003. Each episode is approximately one hour. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Mecca: The Forbidden City. 52 min., ca. 1960. Vividly explores the pilgrimage to Mecca, sets the hajj in its religious and social context, with examination of rituals step by step for men and women, both Shi’a and Sunni. (very dated).
The Media and Democracy in the Arab World. 45 min, 2000. A behind-the-scenes look at al-Jazeera, the CNN of the Arab world.
Mercedes. 109 min., 1993, VHS. Set during the 1990 Mundial Soccer matches, this film about Noubi, a gullible young idealist who lives in an unreal world. He is institutionalized for trying to donate his fortune to the Egyptian Communist Party and emerges from the hospital to a Cairo completely changed. Eventually he discovers happiness and finds a place for himself in society. In Arabic with English subtitles.
The Meshkinfam Museum of Art. 30 min., 2011, Shiraz. A brief introduction to the Meshkinfam Museum of Art, a privately run museum of visual arts in Shiraz, Iran, the museum features the collection of sculpture, calligraphy, paintings, photographs, and traditional furniture collected by the Meshkinham family over the last fifty years and highlighting artists from the Shiraz area. Narration in Persian with English subtitles.
The Message. 180 min (2 parts), 1991. Part 1 (96 min.); Part 2 (76 min.). Portrays the life of Muhammad and social conditions in Mecca and Medina during the 7th century. Produced by Moustapha Akkad and starring Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas
Middle East: The Birth of Nations--Albert Kahn's Archive of the Planet. 52 min., 2008, DVD. Photography patron and archivist Albert Kahn documented the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire and the historic changes that occurred in the colonial Middle East. The program traces his teams expeditions into Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine as Western powers redrew the map of the region.
The Middle East following World War I. (See New Frontiers).
Middle East in the 20th Century. 110 min. (2 DVDs), 2010. A documentary on the Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire through the first and second world wars. In Persian; no English subtitles.
Minefield: The U.S. and the Muslim World. 44 min., 2001. Produced one month after 9/11/01, ABC News anchor Peter Jennings presents a tour of the political, religiou, and cultural complexities of the Islamic world providing a country-by-country assessment of relations with the United States.
The Mission. 120 min. Iranian social criticism on inhumanity and classes.
The Mission - Ferestadeh. 1983, 90 min, DVD. This engaging film has Touzie playing a hit man from Iran, sent by the Islamic regime to eliminate enemies of the state and former allies of the deposed Shah. In New York, his new assignment is to bump off Sayyad, a former colonel in the Shah's SAVAK secret police. As a devout Muslim in the Babylon of New York City, Touzie goes through culture shock to which he cannot adjust. Eventually he closes in on his victim, but before he can strike, he inadvertently saves his target from being mugged. Sayyad, grateful for what his fellow countryman has done, takes his would-be killer into his home and treats him as a member of the family, not realizing Touzie's true intent. In Persian with English subtitles.
The Mongols. 120 min., 1980s, VHS. Documents the making of a film about the Mongol invasion of Iran in the 1200s, how the cast was selected and how the script was written. In Persian with rather inadequate English subtitles.
Mooz-lum. 99 min., 2011. DVD. Amid a strict Muslim rearing and a social life he's never had, Tariq (Evan Ross) enters college confused. New peers, family and mentors help him find his place, but the 9-11 attacks force him to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life.
Morocco: Berber Profile. 30 min, 1994. History of Morocco and its original inhabitants, the Berbers. The program also covers Phoenician emigrants, the Romans, arrival of Islam and the many rulers who shaped the country and modern nation.
Morocco: Jewel of the Maghreb. 26 min., 2006. DVD. A brief overview of the geography, history, culture and cuisine of northern Morocco including Tangiers, Chefchaouen, Fez, and Meknes.
Morocco: Marrakesh and Its Traditions. 55 min., 2005. A quick overview with tourist information, covers history and major sites.
Morocco: The Past and Present of Djemma el Fna. 18 min., 1995. A look at Marrakech, Morocco's famous square, a historic crossroad of Arab and Berber culture.
Morocco with Pia Lindström. 30 min., 1999. PBS. Moroccan customs, architecture, gardens, suqs, women’s roles, King Hassan mosque.
Mosque. 28 min., 1992. DVD and VHS. Filmed in Cairo, this video provides an introduction to Islam. Covers ablutions, mosque layout, Five Pillars of Islam, prayer, Ramadan; and interviews a Maryknoll missionary in Cairo. Produced by Maryknoll World Productions.
The Mother of Light and Her Daughters. 54 min., 1999. Filmmaker Viola Shafik asks her Coptic relatives to share their stories as the habits and customs related to the annual fasting dedicated to the Virgin Mary are depicted. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Motherland Hotel (Anayurt Oteli). 108 min. A look at the thoughts of an extended family in Turkey on culture, politics, and tradition.
The Mountain (al-Jabal). 34 min., 1991. Two Palestinian women, separated by a generation, question the traditional role of women and criticism of the Israeli occupation.
Mrs. President: Women and Political Leadership in Iran.47 min., 2003(?), VHS. In 2001 47 Iranian women registered to run for the presidency of the country. The candidacy was declared unconstitutional. This documentary interviews six of those women and explores their efforts to change governmental and popular opinion on the role of women in Iranian society.
Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. 2002. Produced by PBS/KQED. This DVD visits sites important to Islam as it tells the life story of Muhammad and takes viewers into the homes and mosques of Muslims in America.
Mummies and the Wonders of Ancient Egypt. 1996, A&E Television, four videotapes, each 50 min. Tape 1: Great Pyramids; Tape 2: The Sphinx; Tape 3: Hieroglyphs; Tape 4: King Tut.
Museum of Islamic Art. Program on Islamic art.
The Muslim Town: Urban Life under the Caliphate. See "When the World Spoke Arabic."
Muslims. 2002, VHS. Produced for PBS "Frontline" this documentary takes an in-depth look at what it means to be a muslin the 21st century, explores the influence of culture and politics on religion and provides a deeper understanding of the political forces a work among Muslims around the world.
Muslims in America. 22 min. ABC “Nightline” segment. Examines the tenets of the Muslim faith and stereotypes. Several Muslims discuss what it is like to be Muslim in America.
Muslims in America: Islam in Exile. 2003, 57 min. Examines the rapid growth of Islam in Appalachia and the challenges they face in practicing their religion.
My Head is Mine: Women in Istanbul. 40 min., 2001. Using portraits of a variety of women, this DVD examines the headscarf movement in Turkey.
Mystic Iran: The Unseen World. 52 min., 2002. Filmmaker Aryana Farshad reveals spiritual rites and rituals rarely seen, including the women's chamber of the Great Mosque, the temple-caves in Zarahustra, and the dervish sacred dances in Kurdistan--all shot on location.
Naguib Mahfouz: The Passage of the Century. 50 min., 1999. At age 88, Naguib Mahfouz, the only Arab Nobel Laureate, is interviewed in this video. He weaves the threads of his life together with his view of society.
Naji Al-Ali: An Artist with a Vision. 52 min., 2000. Examines the life of this Palestinian political cartoonist who was murdered in 1987 in London.
Narges. A sharp-edged look at people who live outside the constraints of Islamic law - Rakhshan Banietemad tells the tragic story of love triangle. Banietemad pushes the Iranian censorship code to the limit, managing to make her outsider characters believable and moving. In Persian with English subtitles.
Nasser 56. 140 min., 1996. Directed by Mohamed Fadel, screen play by Mahfouz Abd Al Rahman. A docu-drama of Gamal Abdel Nasser’s nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956. Uses vintage newsreel footage.
Nasrah: A Muslim Woman's Perspective. 55 min., 2003, DVD. Muslim women living in the Pacific Northwest discuss their divergent views on Islam, Islam in the West, and current political affairs.
The Need. 81 min. Two Iranian boys vie for an apprenticeship position in post-Shah Iran.
The Needle and the Thread. 21 min., 1999. Examination of the colors and history of women’s clothing in Iran through the travels and work of Eshrat Badr. In Persian with English subtitles.
New Frontiers: The Middle East Following World War I. 25 min., 1985. Focuses on the redrawing of the region’s map after WWI. Narrated by Richard Bulliet.
New Persia. 1946, Asia Institute, Stephen Nyman, producer. A period video, quaintly narrated and scored, it explores geography, climate and major cities and sights of Iran
The Night of the Jackal. 105 min., 1989. Set in the Syrian countryside just prior to the 1956 invasion of Egypt, the film follows the decline of a peasant farmer.
Noa at Seventeen. An Israeli high school immigrant questions her schooling, the labor movement, and the kibbutz system in 1951 Israel.
Nomad and the City. 25 min. (Pt. of The Traditional World of Islam series). Examines the tension between nomad and the city, featuring scents from Berber, Bedouin, Turkoman, and Bahktiari culture, which are contrasted with two urban settings—-Sana’a, Yemen and Fez, Morocco.
Nusret Fathi Ali Khan in Concert. 90 min., 1989 and 1991. Two concerts by the famed sufi singer filmed by UW Professor of Ethnomusicology, Lorraine Sakata in Faizabad, Pakistan (1989) and Los Angeles (1991).
Oasis of the Sea. 55 min. History, environment, and culture of the Arabian Peninsula.
Occupied Lands: Jewish Settlements. 90 min., Frontline segment (Jan. 26, 1993).
Occupied Minds. 58 min., 2005. DVD. This film follows Palestinian-American journalist Jamal Dajani and Israeli journalist David Michaelis as they travel together to Jerusalem, their mutual birthplace. They struggle to find lasting solutions to what many believe is a never-ending conflict.
Oh, Protector of the Gazelles. A look at the men who clean and take care of an Iranian mosque. No English subtitles.
The Oil Kingdoms. 3-part series, each 58 min., 1984. Examines the development Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates as the oil enriches these countries. Part 1: Kings and Pirates, reviews the exotic 800-year history of commerce, colonialism, and culture of the region. Part 2: The Petrodollar Coast, describes the extremely rapid development that has taken place in these kingdoms. Part 3: Sea of Conflict, examines the position these countries now occupy in international politics and economics.
Omar Khayyam. 2003. DVD. A brief introduction to the Iranian scientist, astronomer, philosopher, and poet, Omar Khayyam.
On Boys, Girls and the Veil (Sobyan Oue Banat). 72 min., 1995, Egypt. A depiction of relations between young men and women in Egypt striving to come to terms with their identities. Gives the audience an insider's view into the topic of gender relations and the meanings attached to veil. Directed by Yousry Nasrallah. Arabic with English subtitles
On Orientalism. 40 min., 1998. Edward Said is interviewed in this film and talks about the context within which his 1978 book Orientalism was conceived, its main themes, and how its original thesis relates to the contemporary understanding of the "Orient."
On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly. 57 min., 2008. DVD. This film follows an American Muslim on his quest to obtain a private pilot's license. This cinema verite-style documentary reveals a funny and lovable American who, with his family in tow, pursues his dream against the waves of negative public perception.
Once upon a Time: Baghdad during the Abbassid Dynasty. See "When the World Spoke Arabic"
Once upon a Time Cinema. 100 min., 1998. Set during the Qajar dynasty, this comedy tells the story of a cinematographer who introduces the magic of the movies to the Persian court. Contains clips from other classic Iranian films.
One Hundred Percent Arabica. 87 min., 1997. French with English subtitles. This feature film examines the immigrant Arabs and Africans living in France. As Rai music becomes more popular, the traditional ways and leaders of the community feel threatened.
Orhan Pamuk. 29 min., DVD. 2008. This program features Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk in his Istanbul office as he brings his insights to art, oppression, and the interaction between East and West. Subjects include the role of story-telling in shaping human values, Pamuk's depiction of Islamic teenagers in the novel Snow, and his reaction to Don DeLillo's assertions about the relevance of violence and terror.
Orient/Occident. 30 min., DVD. Islam and the West have been bound together through the centuries, motivating Europe to undertake the crusades, influencing art and culture in southern Europe. Part of the World of Islam series.
The Ottoman Empire. DVD. 90 min., 2006. History Channel Multimedia Classroom series. Traces the Ottoman Empire from its beginnings as a pastoral people in the 14th century to one of the largest empires in history.
The Ottoman Empire. 47 min., 1997. Describes the Ottoman Empire, from its beginning to its zenith. Topics examined are the role of women, military might, tolerance of diversity with in the empire.
The Ottoman Empire, 1280-1683. 26 min. The powerful sultans of the early Ottoman empire are profiled in this short video.
The Ottomans and Their Capital Istanbul. 45 min., 2006. Overview of the art and architecture of the Ottoman empire. Part Three of the series titled: The Glories of Islamic Art.
Palace Walk (Bayn al-Qasrayn), 132 min., 1964, DVD, b/w.This film is the first volume of Naguib Mahfouz’s trilogy of novels that chronicle the fortunes of an Egyptian family from the end of World War I to the 1950s. Set in Cairo during the 1919 Egyptian revolution, it depicts how an Egyptian family becomes caught up in the conflict between traditional social values and modern mores introduced with the imposition of colonial rule. Directed by Hasan al-Imam.
Palestine. 52 min., 2002. This documentary examines how the history of Palestine has been shaped by governments of other countries.
Palestine: 1890-1990. 35 min., 1999. Covers major events that shaped Palestine for a century. A United Nations production.
Palestine: Story of a Land. 2 parts each 60 min., 1993. This two-part video uses only rare archival and newsreel footage to recount the story of Palestine from the late nineteenth century through the Zionist movement, the creation of Israel, the first Intifada and the Madrid Peace Conference. Produced by Simon Bitton.
Paradise Lost. 2003, 56 min. An examination of a small Arab fishing village called Paradise (Fureidis in Arabic) that remained after 1948, but which as become increasingly isolated as Jewish settlements have sprung up around it.
Paradise of Martyrs. 60 min. A look at Islamic “fundamentalism” and institutions during the late 1970s and early 1980s in the Middle East.
Paradise Now. 90 min., 2005, DVD. The story places two close friends, Palestinians Said and Khaled, recruited by an extremist group to perpetrate a terrorist attack in Tel-Aviv, blowing up themselves. However, things go wrong and both friends must separate in the border. One of them, maintaining in his purpose of carry the attack to the end, and the other will have his doubts about it. In Arabic with English subtitles.
The Pattern of Beauty. 25 min. (Pt. of The Traditional World of Islam series). Examines how architecture, abstract decoration, and calligraphy are approached for an Islamic perspective. Takes a brief look at three great artistic cultures—Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Iran, and Mughal India.
Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land: U.S. Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. 2 DVDs. 2005. Main feature: 80 min., interviews 217 min., news clips 64 min. Attempts to explore how American foreign policy is formed by the media.
Pearls on the Ocean Floor: A Film by Robert Adanto. 77 min., 2010. This documentary examines the lives of Iranian female artists living and working in Iran and outside Iran. Features interviews with Shadi Ghadirian, Shirin Heshat, and Parastou Forouhar.
The Peddler. 95 min. Social and economic problems of post-Shah Iran.
People of the Wind. 127 min., 1976. Examines the nomadic Bakhtiari tribe, as it makes a grueling 200-mile migration to its mountainous summer homelands. Narrated by James Mason.
The Perfumed Garden. 52 min., 2000. Explores the myths and realities of sensuality and sexuality in Arab society through interviews with men and women of all strata of society.
Persepolis. 95 min., 2007. An animated feature about a spirited young Iranian woman who spends her life trying to deal with the consequences of her nation’s history. Based on an autobiographical comic book by Marjane Satrapi, the story concerns Marji, whose natural fire and precociousness are slowly dampened by the rise of religious extremists. Marji grieves over the imprisonment and execution of a beloved uncle, then begrudgingly adapts to ever-tightening rules about dress, social mores, education for women, and expectations about marriage and divorce.
Persian Miniature: The Gardens of Paradise. 31 min., 1997, DVD. This program explores the 12th century Persian poet Nezami's work as it is interpreted in the miniature paintings of the 17th century painter Haydar Qoli Naqqash.
Planting Seeds for Peace. 23 min. American, Israeli-Arab, and Jewish young people discuss Israeli and Palestinian relations. Recommended for junior high and high school audiences as a part of study on peace, stereotyping, or the Middle East.
Power of Place. Pt. 1: Sacred Space Under Siege: Jerusalem and Istanbul; Pt. 2: Population, Food Supply and Energy Development: Oman and Qatar.
The Power of the Word. 50 min. Part of “The Arabs: A Living History” series. Arab scholars in Lebanon describe the origins of Arab theater and the pre-eminent position of poetry in Arabic society.
The Price of Change. 26 min., 1982. Examines how have women adjusted to changes in the Middle East since WWII, focuses on two issues: population control and work outside the home. Produced by Elizabeth Fernea.
Prince Ehtejab. 108 min. A look at the despotic dynasty of the Shah of Iran.
Private. 90 min., 2005. Feature-length film depicts a Palestinian family whose home is situated midway between a Palestinian village and an Israeli settlement, and is transformed into a strategic lookout point by the Israeli soldiers. The family struggles to remain in the house with the soldiers.
Promises. 106 min., 2001. The Israeli-American filmmaker, B. Z. Goldberg travels to Palestine and Israel to interview children over the four years between 1995-2000. Children interviewed are from Palestinian refugee camps, Israeli settlements on the West Bank, and from Jerusalem neighborhoods. Though the children live only 20 minutes apart, their worlds are very different.
The Puppeteer (Al-Aragouze). 123 min., 1989. VHS. The story of an aging puppet master who loves to entertain, with the purpose of conveying the message of justice for all. He struggles to save money to send his son, Bahloul to the University of Cairo. Starring Omar Sharif. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Qubba for Al-Kashi. 16 min., 1995. Al-Kashi (d. 1429) was one of the greatest Islamic scientists. This video examines the five different ways he developed to model architectural arches. Using computer generated models, the video reconstructs Al-Kashi’s mauoleum and the great observatory at Samarkand, which was destroyed in the 16th century.
The Quintuple of Naguib Mahfouz. 40 min. An interview with Naguib Mahfouz for Egyptian television.
The Quran, The Bible, and the Torah. 30 min., 2006, DVD. Three scholars present their perspectives on the revelatory and inspirational texts of the three religions of the Book. Part of the Islam and Christianity: A Comparative Analysis series.
Rai Story: From Cheikha Rimitti to Cheba Djenet [Hekayat Al-Rai]. 58 min., 2004. DVD. This film traces the history of the rai musical tradition from the early performances in 1923 to the present, highlighting the legendary singer Cheikha Remitti and exploring the careers of musicians of the 20th century who have kept the tradition alive. In French and Arabic with English subtitles.
Rana's Wedding. 86 min., 2002. DVD. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is seen through the eyes of a young woman, who, with only ten hours to marry, must negotiate her way around road blocks, soldiers, stone throwers, and overworked officials. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad. Arabic with English subtitles.
Red Chewing Gum. 10 min., 2000. VHS. This erotic short is a love poem as one man recalls meeting another in an alley, where they avidly watch a young street vendor chew his gum. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People. 2006, 50 min. DVD. This documentary takes a look at the American cinematic portrayal of Arabs and Arab culture from early silent films to the present revealing a continuous pattern of stereotyping. Film consultant Jack Shaheen, challenges the viewer to think critically about the destructive social and political effects of Hollywood's projection of Arabs.
The Republic of Turkey. 60 min., 1998. Narrated by Charles Osgood for CBS News.
A Review of Contemporary Iranian Poems, 115 min., 2011, DVD. A documentary about the origins of modern poetry in Iran and a review of some of the best known contemporary Iranian poets. In Persian; no English subtitles.
The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia. 50 min., March 28, 2002. Ahmed Rashid, journalist and author of The Taliban; and Jihad, speaks at Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle.
Rivers of Fire. 40 min., 1990. A close look at the resource of water in the Middle East. Two main river systems, the Tigris-Euphrates and the Jordan, are examined. In both regions population is far outstripping supply and water tables are dropping.
The Role of Palestinian Political Reform in Peace Building. 50 min., February 6, 2003. Presentation by Dr. Khalil Shikaki, Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. International Update Series, Jackson School of International Studies.
The Role of the Prophet Muhammad. 27 min., 2006, DVD. Key experiences in the life of Muhammad are explored including Muhammad’s marriage to Khadija, receiving of revelations, establishment of Islam, journey to heaven via Jerusalem, the first hajj, and battles against the Meccans. Part of the Islam and Christianity: A Comparative Analysis series.
The Roof. 23 min. Directed by Hannan Elias. A docu-drama set in an Arab village in northern Galilee where a young man who wishes to marry, but cannot afford to finish his "roof"--a metaphor for a house. Some profanity.
Routes of Exile: A Moroccan Jewish Odyssey. 90 min., 1982. Shot on location, this video examines the 2,000-year-old Jewish community in Morocco.
Rumi: Poet of the Heart. 60 min. PBS. Explores the life of the great 12th-century poet Jellauddin Rumi and his popularity 8000 years later in America.
Rumi Returning: The Triumph of Divine Passion. 56 min., 2007. Examines the history and beliefs of Jellauddin Rumi; includes interview with Coleman Barks, Andrew Harvey, Akbar S. Ahmed, quoted passages from Rumi's works, and footage of religious sites.
Rumi: Turning Ecstatic: A Voice from Within Islam. DVD. 2007. 48 min. Canadian filmmaker Tina Petrova narrates her personal journey as she discovers the world of the 13th-century Sufi mystic poet Mevlana Jelalludin Rumi. Includes contributions from translator Coleman Barks, architect Nader Khalili and the Mevlevi Dervishes.
The Runner. 99 min., 1985. A portrait of southern Iran after the Iranian revolution through the eyes of six adolescents.
Saddam Hussein. 59 min, Sept. 5, 1990, VHS. MacNeil Lehrer News Hour. Interviews with US politicians and Arab-Americans on Kuwait invasion and US response.
Saddam’s Killing Fields. 52 min., 1993. A documentary on the massive killings of Kurds and Shi’a by Saddam Hussein’s forces during and following the Gulf War. Directed by Michael Woods for PBS.
Saffron. 40 min., 1992. This documentary provides an account of a season’s toil of saffron growers in Iran’s eastern desert from planting to sale in the market. In Persian with English subtitles.
Saladin (El Nasser Salah Eddine). 145 min., 1963, VHS. Considered on of the greatest historical epics of Egyptian cinema, this film directed by the legendary Youssef Chahine, tells the story of Saladin. It was produced to commemorate the reclamation of the Suez Canal. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Salat: The Obligatory and Recommended Islamic Prayers. 2002, 2 VHS tapes, with Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr, with step by step instructions.
Salata Baladi. See An Egyptian Salad.
Sallah. 105 min. A new immigrant in Israel takes on the government when he finds out that life in Israel is not all wine and roses. Starring Topol.
Salonica. 87 min., DVD. This film is about Thessaloniki, the northern Greek city at the crossroads of the Orient and Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean.What makes this city historically unique is the fact that for 450 years it was mainly Jewish and the predominant language was Spanish. Salonica takes a close look at the city today, introducing some of its diverse residents Jewish survivors, Russian immigrants, Gypsies, Greek nationalists.
Santa Claus in Baghdad, 2009, 38 min., DVD. Set in Iraq under Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, this sweet story revolves around a school girl and her family as their daily circumstances deteriorate and their possession are slowly sold off, yet she continues to have hope and remains a more generous spirit than her wealthier classmates.
Santouri the Music Man. 2007, 106 min. DVD. From the celebrated Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui, who directed the classic "The Cow", this drama is about a santour musician who because of his heroin addiction is banned from public performance. The film suggests that Iran's cultural repression is connected to its rampant drug addiction. Includes a biography of the director.
Satin Rouge. 95 min., 2002, DVD. A Tunisian widow is drawn to the flashy nightclub life of belly dancers and pleasure-seekers as she investigates a suspected liaison between her teenage daughter and a cabaret musician. In trading her shapeless house dresses for sequins and satin, she begins to emerge from her cocoon of melancholy and loneliness. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Saudi Arabia. 3-part series, each 60 min., 1981. Pt. 1: Saudi Arabia: The Kingdom, history of the Saudi family with old film clips and snapshots of the Saudi kings. Pt. 2: Saudi Arabia: Oil, Money, Politics, discusses the way in which the Saudi government handles its oil production, Saudi Arabia's position in OPEC. Pt. 3: Saudi Arabia: Race with Time, examines how Saudis are trying to build a country whose economy will continue to prosper as oil production declines, and at the same time preserve their traditional way of life.
Saudi Arabia 1938. 30 min. Chevron Corporation. Video from footage made of a trip by early oil explorers across the Arabian peninsula by jeep from Jeddah to Dhahran and other footage about the first oil discoveries.
Scent of Medieval Islam, Fez. 48 min., 2006. DVD. Brief overview of modern Fez, Morocco, and remnants of its medieval past. Part Four of the series titled: "Inside Islam."
Search for Destiny Series. 5 parts, each 52 min. Part 1: The Middle East in 1900; Part 2: World War II; Part 3: Post World War II to 1956; Part 4: The Late 1950s and 1960s; Part 5: Israel and Palestine, Iran, Iraq, and Gulf War.
Secret Face. See Gizli Yüz.
The Secret Mecca. 54 min., 2005. DVD. This program traces the progress of a group of pilgrims who follow in the footsteps of Mohammed as they perform the hajj, first arriving at Jedda, and going on to Medina, Mecca, Mount Arafat, and Mina.
Secrets of the Koran. DVD. 90 minutes, 2006. History Channel, Multimedia Classroom series. Examines the history of the verses and traces the influence of the Koran from the Golden Age of Islam to the present.
Sects and Violence: Fragmentation within Religions. 25 min. Produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, describes sectarian differences within the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam among believers in the Middle East.
Seekers of Oblivion [Ala Khoutta Al Nessyan]. 58 min., 2004. DVD. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. Explores the life of Isabelle Eberhardt who was born in Switzerland in 1877. She spent most of her life in North Africa where she consorted with tramps, prostitutes, soldiers, thieves gaining access to segments of society most women never saw. Part of the Women Pioneers Collection.
Selves and Others: A Portrait of Edward Said. 54 min., 2003. DVD. Shortly before his death, a French film crew spent several weeks with the American intellectual and prominent spokesman for Palestinian causes Edward Said. This documentary offers a glimpse at some of Said's final reflections on themes that dominated his life's work.
Sephardic Jews. Part 1. 1991. 40 min. Turkish with English subtitles. This is part 4 of "Bosphoros Exiles," produced for Turkish television. Traces the history of the Sephardic Jews from their exile from Spain in 1492 to their relocation and establishment of flourishing communities in the Ottoman empire.
Sephardic Jews. Part 2. 1991, 30 min. Turkish with English subtitles. This is part 5 of "Bosphorus Exiles," produced for Turkish television. Examines the history of different Jewish communities in the Ottoman empire.
Shadow of the West. 50 min. (Pt. of The Arabs: A Living History series). Edwards Said traces the course of European involvement with the Near East via the Crusades to Napoleon's campaign in Egypt, and the French and English entrepreneurs, adventurers, and empire builders who cam in later.
Shadows of Turkey and The Witches. Turkish shadow puppet theater. First section, about 15 min., gives historical background for the shadow puppet plays, the second part is a performance of a portion of one of the plays (in English translation) Produced at the University of Washington by Turkish language students in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization under the direction of Professor Walter Andrews.
Sharfouna: The Beauty of Lebanon. 1997, 27 min. Presents a wide array of images from Lebanon's natural landscape, rich history and ruins, arts and architecture, with traditional Lebanese musical accompaniment.
Shattered Dreams. 2003, 120 min. PBS Frontline Program. In 2000 Israeli/Palestinian peace negotiations were on the brink of success, but then collapsed. This program examines what went wrong.
The Sheik and The Son of the Sheik. 155 min., 1921. DVD. Two classic Rudolph Valentino films that electrified audiences in the early 1920s and captured the West's romanticized and stereotyped notions of the Arab world.
Sheikhates Blues [Doumou' El-Sheikhates]. 52 min., 2003. Examines the world of female Moroccan musicians known as sheikhates who sing about the realities of life. Shows how this musical tradition has evolved and how society has accepted women who perform this music in public. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Shi'ism: Waiting for the Hidden Imam. 53 min., 2005. DVD. Filmed in Iran, Lebanon, and Iraq, this film interweaves contemporary and historical footage to introduce this Shi'ism from its origins to its present-day setting. A variety of Muslim scholars, writers, politicians, and religious leaders discuss contemporary differences as well as the basis for the originial schism between Shia and Sunni followers.
Shites: Followers of Ali. 27 min. The first dissidence within Islam, Shiism had been opposed to the authority of the Sunni caliphs and more generally to power of any kind. Part of the "In the Footsteps of Abraham" series.
The Siege of Constantinople. 25 min., 1995. In 1453 Sultan Mehmet, leader of the Muslim world, breached the walls of Constantinople with a powerful new weapon, the cannon. His victory led to the creation of the Ottoman Empire, which flourished for 500 years. Vol. 6 of History's Turning Points series.
The Silences of the Palace (Samt el Qusur). 127 min, 1994, DVD. Set in Tunisia in the 1950s, during the reign of its last monarch, this film tells the story of a palace kitchen servant and her daughter. Directed by Moufida Tlatli.
Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine. 2000, 93 min., DVD. In this black comedy, Bahman Farjami, a filmmaker who has not directed for twenty years due to censorship, experiences a strange set of coincidences that convince him the Angel of Death must be near. As a means of confronting his fears, he decides to make a film about his own funeral. As he researches the funeral rites of his country and culture, Farjami glimpses a side of Iranian society which he was not aware of. In the midst of this, his view is shaded by his own mounting family problems. Through a series of fiascos leading to comic and cathartic vision of his own disastrous funeral, he goes on an emotional roller-coaster ride that culminates in a Fellini-esque dream so intense that it may lead to his actual death. In Persian with English subtitles.
Snow Leopard. 3 hrs., color.
Soil and Silk. DVD. 40 min. This documentary by Kioumars Derambakhsh explores the art of Iranian carpet weavers who create another Eden through inspiration from nature and the colorful flowers of Iranian gardens. Each carpet recreates a story from nature.
Something Like Me. DVD. 45 min., 2002. Mona Zahed, a young filmmaker, confronts Taliban in this documentary film and puts them on the spot by asking them questions about women rights in their Islamic society. Persian with English subtitles.
Sounds of Poetry: Coleman Barks. 27 min., 2003. Coleman Barks, Professor Emeritus of English, University Georgia, an important translator into English of the ecstatic poetry of the 13th-century Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi discusses the intricate challenge of transforming classical Persian idiom into modern English while retaining its essence.
The Sparrow (Al-Usfur). 100 min., 1973. Set before and during the 1967 Six-Day War, this film follows a young policeman stationed in a small village in Upper Egypt. It is a portrait of tradition, progress, idealism, and corruption in conflict. Directed by Youssef Chahine. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Speaking Truth to Power: A Conversation with Eyad El-Sarraj. 59 min. Produced May 16, 1997 in conjunction with the Jackson School’s “Freedom of Expression Series.”
Spying on Saddam. 60 min., April 27, 1999, VHS. A PBS Front Line news story.
A Stone's Throw Away. 52 min., 2003. Follows three young Palestinian boys who are growing up under Israeli occupation. It explores the effects of politics and violence on their daily lives.
The Story of Islam. 120 min., 1983, VHS.
The Story of Two Synagogues. 17 min. Examines the architectural style and design of the 17th-century synagogue in Chodorov, Poland and the Curacao (Caribbean) synagogue built in 1732 and modeled on the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam.
The Suitors. 106 min. A traditional Iranian wedding feast in a Manhattan apartment complex turns ugly.
Suleyman the Magnificent. 57 min., 1987. Focuses on the life and personality of the Ottoman Sultan Suleyman, as an audacious military leader, celebrated poet, and enthusiastic patron of art and architecture. Shot on location in Turkey. Produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Sultan Baybars' Qur'an. 2002, CD-ROM. A view of the pages of the magnificent Qur'an produced in Cairo 1304-6 and now in the British Library collection.
The Summer of Aviya. 96 min., 1989. Directed by Eli Cohen. Hebrew with English subtitles. The story of one summer in the life of a ten-year-old Holocaust survivor in1950s Israeli. Based on the life of Gila Almagor, the film’s writer, producer, and star. (See also, Under the Domin Tree, which is a continuation of the story).
Sunnis and the Prohibited Mecca. 27 min., 1990s(?), VHS. Part a series titled "In the Footsteps of Abraham".
Sword of Islam. 90 min., DVD format. January 12, 1987. PBS program. Non-circulating, reference only.
Syria: Chess Match at the Borders. 52 min., 2008. DVD. Chronicles the historical background that makes Syria both a player and a pawn in the geopolitical chess mach that characterizes the Middle East, focusing on the three Arab-Israeli wars--in 1948, 1967, and 1973 and their legacy, including the influx of Palestinian refugees, and the occupation of the Golan Heights. In French with English subtitles
Tale of the Three Jewels. DVD, 1 hour, 47 min., 1995. The first feature ever filmed in the Gaza strip, the film tells the story of 12 year old Yusef who escapes the chaos around him by searching for birds in the countryside where he meets the beautiful gypsy girl Aida. Yusuf immediately falls in love and plans to help Aida find three jewels missing from a necklace brought from South American by her grandfather. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Tales from Arab Detroit. 45 min., 1995. The story of Detroit’s Arab-American community and its successful efforts to bring an Egyptian storyteller to perform in Detroit. Interviews with first- and second-generation Arab-Americans showing their different perspectives on their ethnic heritage.
Tales from the Tomb: Lost Sons of the Pharaoh. 60 min., VHS.
The Taliban Legacy. 35 min., 1998. The film examines the havoc created by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and provides a brief account of the war leading to the Taliban victory over the weak Islamic Republic. Produced by Montse Ayuso, Joan Salvant, and Lluisa Roca.
Talking with a Shadow. DVD. 90 min., 2005. A documentary on the influential contemporary Iranian writer, Sadegh Hedayat. Persian with English subtitles.
Tangsir. 120 min. Fear and anxiety in post-Shah Iran.
Taste of Cherry. DVD. 95 min., 1996. An existential fable of weight and clarity from director Abbas Kiarostami. An Iranian man, Mr. Badi, is determined to commit suicide at nightfall, but seeks a living assistant to check his hand-dug grave the following morning. If Badi is dead, the person will fill the grave with dirt; if not, he will help Badi out of the hole. In Persian with English subtitles.
A Taste of Turkey. 25 min., 2006. DVD. A brief look at the cuisine of the Ottoman Empire, which has been enriched by culinary traditions for many different regions.
Tehran Has No More Pomegranates. 68 min., 2008. DVD. This documentary made over the span of five years blends satire with history to paint a portrait of Tehran as it evolves from a city with a landscape of pomegranates to an urban metropolis of pollution, poor housing, and urban problems. Produced by Massoud Bakhshi.
Terrorism and the Kebab. 155 min., 1992. Directed by Sherif Arafa. A farce about modern Egyptian bureaucracy.
The Tenants. 119 min. Social satire about a large, extended family sharing a small apartment in Iran.
Thinking about Change in Indonesia: A Conversation with Goenawan Mohamad. 58 min. Produced May 15, 1997 as part of the Jackson School’s “Freedom of Expression Series.” Indonesian writer, novelist, editor, and freedom fighter is interviewed by Professor Dan Lev.
Thirsting for War. 50 min., 1998?. A comprehensive look at the struggle for control of water in the Middle East, specifically in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.
Three Kings. 115 min., 1999. Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze. this film begins when the Gulf War is over. Amid the confusion, four American soldiers go into the Iraqi desert in search of stolen Kuwaiti bullion. They are plunged into the heart of a democratic uprising that spins their lives out of control. A David O. Russell film.
Timeless Kermans of Today. 22 min., 1996. Traces the manufacturing of Kerman-style rugs produced by Atiyeh International, Ltd., in China.
Tkuma: Israel’s First Fifty Years. Six one hour programs on three cassettes. PBS 1999. Tape 1: The Conflict: The history of Israel, from its founding Zionist fathers in the 19th century to the war of independence and the emergence of Israel as an independent Jewish state. The Ingathering: Examines the history of Jewish immigration and the conflux of cultures that exist within the broader cultural/religious identity of the Israeli population. Tape 2: The People’s Army: The history of the Israel Defense Forces. Whose State? Whose Religion? Tape 3: From the Orange the Chip: Israel’s Economic Revolution; Future Peace, Next War.
A Time for Drunken Horses [Zamani barayé masti asbha]. 2000, 80 min., DVD. The Northern Iran winters are so cold that the Kurdish smugglers who live there feed their mules alcohol so that they will carry loads over the mountain passes. In this world of high-risk border crossings and death by land mine, a fatherless young boy named Ayoub scrapes out a living doing odd tasks, supporting his sisters and crippled brother. This may seem like a recipe for seventy-seven minutes of misery, but the director Bahman Ghobadi's affection for his subjects gives the film a certain lightness. He takes the raw materials of his homeland-the harsh landscape, communal rooms, and lambent-eyed children-and fashions a visual poem. Ghobadi documents his subjects without intruding, and the results are quietly enthralling. Persian with English subtitles.
Topkapi Palace: General Outlines. 1991. Offers general information about the history of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, the various parts of the buildings and their functions. Produced by MTV, Inc., Istanbul.
Transparency. 2005, 30 min. Examines the controversial issue of the wearing of the hijab through interviews with women who view hijab from different perspectives ranging from taking the hijab as a form of expression of faith to a form of oppression.
Travellers. 90 min., 1998. A mix of traditional Iranian passion play and an experimental narrative style, this film tells the story of a wedding ceremony that turns into a funeral wake when the bride’s family are killed in a traffic accident.
Trends and Transitions. 2 min. Major events in the Middle East in 1995.
Turkestan Today. 15 min. A look at the politics, culture, and economy of Turkestan in the early 1990s.
Turkey's Tigers: Integrating Islam and Corporate Culture. DVD. 2006, 57 min. This Wide Angle documentary follows prominent members of Turkey's up-and-coming business community as they develop their manufacturing and marketing strategies. Turkish political cartoonist Salih Memecan also discusses his work, Islam relationship to the West, and the benefits of Turkey's association with Europe.
Turkmen's Secrets. 2008? DVD. 25 min. Documentary on the traditional life of The Turkmen tribes that live on the borders of Iran, Afghanistan, and Iran. Turkish with English narration over-voice.
Turning. Commemorates the 700th anniversary of the death of Jelalu’ddin Rumi. Narrated by Australian actress Diane Cilento.
Turning Inward: With Lex Hixon Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi. 1983, 60 min., DVD. Two 30 minute interviews: Program 1: On the Spiritual Traditions; Program 2: On Islamic Sufism. Pir Productions.
Turing Inward: With Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak. 1983, 60 min., DVD. Two 30-minute interviews hosted by Latif Lou Rogers. Program 1: On Self Knowledge; Program 2: on the Nature of Spiritual Knowledge. Pir Productions.
Twenty Years Old in the Middle East. 52 min, 2003. Filmed after the fall of Saddam Hussein in the spring of 2002, this video travels to Jordan, Syria, Iran and Lebanon to take the pulse of Arab and Iranian youth.
Two Islamic Regimes in Cairo. 45 min., 2006. Overview of the art and architecture of the Fatimid and Mamluk dynasties in Cairo. Part Two of the series titled: The Glories of Islamic Art.
The Umayyads and Their Capital Damascus. 45 min., 2006 min. Looks at the achievements of the Islamic dynasty, the Umayyads; short sections include Dome of the Rock, the Great Mosque, Spain, The Citadel, jewelry, and secular architecture. Part One of the series titled "The Glories of Islamic Art.
The UN: Peacekeeping or Warmaking? 29 min. Produced by America's Defense Monitor. Discusses the UN's attempts to maintain peace and what the U.S. role in this effort should be.
Under A Crescent Moon. 52 min. Filmed in Kano, an Islamic city in northern Nigeria. Long sequence covering events of Eid el-Fitr, the celebration at the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.
Under the Domin Tree, 102, min., 1994. Hebrew with English subtitles. Directed by Eli Cohen. Based on the autobiographical memoir of Gila Almagor, this video tells the story of a group of teenagers living in a youth village for orphan who survived the Nazi concentration camps and other troubled Israeli youths in the 1950s. (This is a sequel to the film The summer of Aviya.)
Under One Sky. 44 min., 2000. Arab women in North Africa talk about the hijab (veil).
Under the Moonlight. DVD. 96 min., 2001. Seyyed Hassan, a young seminary student, is preparing to don the clerical attire. While the other studetns are busy with similar preparations, Seyyed Hassan's supplies are stolen. When he goes in search of the culprit he meets people who have no notion about the clerical profession, an experience that gives him a new understanding of society. In Persian with English subtitles.
Under the Skin of the City. 93 min., 2001. DVD. This is the story of Tuba (Adineh), a woman who works at a grueling textile factory in Iran, while returning home at night to deal with the problems of her family, which include a pregnant (and married) daughter whose husband beats her regularly and a son who goes to great lengths in attempts to get an engineering job overseas in Japan as a means of getting out of Iran. In Persian with English subtitles.
Under the Sun; Do They Feel My Shadow. 40 min., 1997. Interview with Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, about human rights in Israel and the Occupied Territories.
Unity. 25 min. (Pt. of The Traditional World of Islam series). Shot in Africa and the Middle East, this video introduces some of the basic ideas of Islamic civilization. Includes scenes of the pilgrimage to Mecca, shows trading patterns, discusses the attitudes toward warfare.
Unveiled: Muslim Women Talk about Hijab. 36 min., 2007. DVD. This documentary introduces then Muslim women from various backgrounds who now live in Dubai. They show the diverse and lively debates in Muslim socieites about the meanings of modernity, emancipation, and feminism.
Variety of Salat: The Obligatory and Recommended Islamic Prayers. 2002, 2 videos. Step-by-step instructions detailing the ritual practices of performing obligatory and recommended prayers, featuring Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr.
Vasfiye Is Her Name. 90 min. Turkish with subtitles.
Veiled Voices. 2009. 59 min., DVD. Shot over the course of two years, this documentary explores both the public and private lives of Muslim-Arab female religious leaders. The vignettes give insight into how Muslim women are now increasingly willing to challenge the status quo from within their religion, promoting Islam as a powerful force for positive transformation in the world.
A Veiled Revolution. 26 min., 1982. Produced by Elizabeth Fernea. Examines stereotyped notions about veiling in the Middle East. Egyptian women are interviewed about dress and illustrates different interpretations and types of covering among women.
Virtual Cairo. 25 min., 1999. Produced and narrated by Nezar AlSayyad. Uses computer technology to reveal the urban history of medieval Cairo through simulated of “fly-overs” and “walk-throughs” of the 12th-century city, traces spatial development and transformation of Cairo up to the 16th century.
A Visit to a Mosque in America. 40 min., 2002. Produced by the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, this DVD presents the community's mosque and educational center, as well as discussing the five pillars, role of women, and Islam in daily life in the US.
Voices from Gaza. 51 min., 1989. This documentary was produced after the start of the first Palestinian intifada. It interviews Palestinian men, women, and children about the effect of occupation on their lives.
Voices in Exile. 30 min. Examines the First Amendment rights of immigrants.
Wanderers of the Desert. 1984, 95 min. DVD. The first in the desert trilogy of the Tunisian writer and poet Nacer Khemir. The story of a young teacher in an isolated village where mysterious events unfold and legendary figures materialize showing how legend, tradition, and fate hang over the village and nothing is quite what it seems. In Arabic with English subtitles. See also The Dove's Lost Necklace (second in this trilogy).
War Generation--Beirut. 50 min. Interviews with boys and young men who have spent their formative years in Beirut surrounded by civil war. Produced by Jean Chamoun and Mai Masri.
Water Wars: Struggle in the Holy Land. 26 min., 1997(?), VHS. Focuses on water inequalities between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in the West Bank and Gaza.
Ways of Faith. 50 min. Part of “The Arabs: A Living History” series. Muslims travel to Umduban, Sudan to seek guidance and blessings from an elderly religious teacher.
We Are All God’s Soldiers. 30 min. Jewish, Christian, and Muslims discuss peace in the Middle East.
Weaving a Persian Rug. 21 min. The art of the Persian rug.
Wedding in Basra. 55 min. Nov. 1998 PBS. Narrated by Arthur Kent. Explores the ramifications of UN imposed sanctions on the daily life of Iraq.
Wedding in Galilee. 113 min. The elder of a Palestinian village is given permission by the Israeli authorities to hold a traditional Palestinian wedding provided that he and his military staff are the guests of honor.
West Bank Story. 22 min., 2006. A musical spoof on West Side Story relocated to the West Bank where rival falafel stands compete as a love story develops around David, an Israeli soldier, and Fatima, a waitress at the Palestinian-owned Hummous Hut. Directed by Ari Sandel, winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
Where Is the Friend’s Home? 90 min., 1989. This is part one of Abbas Kiarostami's Earthquake Trilogy, which also includes Life and Nothing More and The Olive Trees. A young boy defies his parents to return a lesson book to his friend in a neighboring village.
When a Women Sings [Endama Togani El-Mara'a]. 52 min., 2004. DVD. This documentary examines the impact of singers Umm Kulthum and Mounira El-Mahdeya on Egyptian politics and society during the first half of the 20th century. In Arabic with English subtitles.
When the World Spoke Arabic: The Golden Age of Arab Civilization. 26 min each, 2001 (1) The Arabs Make Their Entrance: Islam and the Empire (2) Once Upon a Time: Baghdad during the Abbasid Dynasty (3) They Surveyed the World: Exploring the Arab Empire and Beyond (4) The Muslim Town: Urban Life under the Caliphate (5) The Thousand and One Nights: A Historical Perspective [DVD format] (6) Ulema and Philosophers: Faith vs Reason in Islamic Arabia (7) From Arabic to Latin: The Assimilation of Arab Knowledge.
Whether It's Good or Bad, Arabesk Is the Fad. 2 hrs. (four 30-min. segments). Produced by Kerime Senyucel for Turkish Radio TV, chronicles the Turkish popular music style called Arabesk. Originally seen as the symbol of corruption of Turkish society, now scholars view the style as a reflection of change and adaptation and mutation of eastern and western music styles.
The White Balloon. DVD. 1994. Co-winner of the Critics Prize in the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, this Iranian feature film tells the story of a young girl's desire for a pretty goldfist to start the New Year's holiday, while an assortment of adults get in her way. Script by Abbas Kiarostami. Persian with English subtitles.
Whither Iran: The Current Situation and Future of Democracy. 87 min., May 6, 2002. Reza Pahlavi, son of the Shah of Iran and author of Winds of Change: The Future of Democracy in Iran, speaks at Kane Hall, University of Washington. Moderated by Jere L. Bacharach, with questions from the audience.
Why the Hate? America from a Muslim Point of View. 44 min., 2001. Explores the mixed sentiments felt by many Muslims toward the U.S. Topics include American culture, and foreign policy in which journalist Chris Bury of ABC News captures common opinions and attitudes as this question is addressed.
Wind of Change and Chador. 48 min., 2006. DVD. Sections on: Remnants of distorted Arab traditions, polygamy, chador/hijab, changing Islamic women. Part Three of the series titled: "Inside Islam."
Women Is Courage [El Mara'a Shaga'a]. 58 min., 2003. DVD. This documentary narrates the story of Louisette Ighilahriz, a young Algerian woman who joined the national liberation movement in the mid 1950s.
Women and Islam. 30 min., 1994. Leila Ahmed examines the role of women in the contemporary Islamic world. She explains the origin of the veil, and discusses the issue of marriage and women's rights within marriage.
Women beyond Borders [Ard Al-Nissa'a]. 58 min., 2003. DVD. Director Jean Chamoun explores the lives of Palestinian women activists such as Samiha Khalil, also known as Um Khalil.
Women in Iran: Speaking Out. 25 min., May 2000, "ABC Nightline" segment. Young Iranian women express their frustrations with life in Iran as they are interviewed by correspondent Gillian Findlay. Iranian-American author Galareh Asayesh offers comments at the end of the program.
Women of Islam: Veiling and Seclusion. DVD. 50 min., 2004. Director Farheen Umar travels throughout Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, and the US to talk with Muslim women and challenge the assumptions about the practice of wearing veils. This documentary explores the origins of stereotypes and misconceptions about the tradition of covering in Muslim society.
Women of South Lebanon. 67 min. The lives of Muslim women under Israeli occupation in south Lebanon.
Women Under Siege. 26 min., 1982. Examines the lives of women in the former Palestinian refugee camp, Rashadiyah in southern Lebanon and how social patterns have changed under the threat of attack from Israel. Produced by Elizabeth Fernea. Not suitable for pre-collegiate audiences.
Women Who Loved Cinema, Pt. 1. 2002, 58 min., DVD. Chronicles the achievements of Egyptian women filmmakers and actors from the early decades of the 20th century, including Aziza Amir, Fatma Roushdi, and Bahidja Hafez. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Women's Chitchat [Dardash Nessae'yat]. 52 min., 2004. This documentary on the evolution of Egyptian society from the early 20th century to the present focuses on the status of women as experienced by several generation within the same family.
A Woman's Word [Palabra de mujer]. 2004, 52 min. DVD. This film depicts the life and writings of three exceptional female authors of the Arab world--Nawal Al Saadawi, Hanan Al Shaykh, and Janafa Bennura. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Word Power in Islamic Art. 12 min., 1993. Focuses on the questions of how writing became a form of decoration in Islamic art, of the decorative transformation of Kufic script and of the many ways writing is used as decoration on architecture and objects. Produced and directed by Lisa Golombek, University of Toronto and Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada.
A World Between: Iran/America. 56 min., 2006, DVD. Follows the story of Jason Rezaian, an Iranian American from California as he travels to Iran and finds a country different from what he expected, and place that has much in common with the US. He travels to Tehran, Isfahan, and Mashad.
Yaacov Ben-Dov: Father of the Hebrew Cinema. 30 min., 1993 Spielberg Jewish Film Archive. A compilation of footage from the more than thirty films shot from 1917 to 1933 by Yaacov Ben Dov encompassing the Zionist vision of the Land of Israel.
The Yacoubian Building. 2006. 2 hours, 45 min., DVD. The Yacoubian Building in Cairo was long regarded as the last word in comfort and elegance. Nowadays the veneer has cracked and the building has dulled to reveal the truth underneath the façade. Through interwoven stories of a number of the residents, the film paints a portrait of corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo and creates a vibrant but socially critical picture of contemporary Egypt. Based on the novel of the same title by Alaa Al Aswany. Arabic with English subtitles.
Yellow Asphalt [Asphalt Tazhov]. 87 min., 2000. Three dramatic encounters between Israelis and the Bedouin people war are their neighbors, these stories pit cultures with divergent values and customs against one another. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.
Yemen's Cultural Drug: Qat. 52 min., DVD. This film explores the Yemeni culture and its use of Qat, which plays a central role in daily life, marriages, and tribal disputes.
Young Arabs. 25 min., 2008, DVD. This documentary takes viewers inside an elite all-boys preparatory school in Cairo where the students reflect on god, America, terrorism, marriage, the Middle East and more.
Young Voices from the Arab World: The Lives and Times of Five Teenagers. 29 min., 1998. Developed for classroom use in grades 5-8. Five young people from Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait, and Morocco talk about their lives.
Yol. 112 min., 1982. Epic drama about five Turkish prisoners furloughed to visit their families in eastern Turkey. Strong political and ethnic statement about repression of Turkish government.
Young Arabs. 25 min., 2008. DVD. Takes the viewers inside an elite all-boys preparatory school in the heart of Cairo, offering a quiet encounter with a collection of students as they reflect on god, America, terrorism, marriage, the Middle East and more.
A Yurt Full of Tales. DVD. 2002?, approx. 50 min. Folktales performed from Southeast Asia, Turkey, Iran, and Ethiopia performed by professional storyteller Benyamin van Hattum with music provided by Rabia van Hattum. Each story about 8-10 minutes.
Zaman: The Man from the Reeds. 76 min., 2004, DVD. The story of Zaman and his wife who live quietly in their house of reeds in the marshes of Iraq; when his wife becomes ill, Azamn sets off in a small boat and travels up the Tigris to Baghdad in search of medicine, a journey of slavation and discovery for Zaman. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Zinat. 88 min., 1994. Tells the story of a woman who runs a health care clinic in southern Iran and who must make a choice between her duty to her family and her commitment as a health care provider.