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Middle East Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Arabic Titles (M-Z)

Arabic Titles (M-Z)

Madinat bab el-oued = Bab el-Oued
"Bab el-Oued is a working class district of Algiers. A young worker commits an act which puts the entire district in turmoil."

"For Hassane, a young man from an impoverished neighborhood, life has stopped making sense. All he has left is a close group of friends, brought together by a shared sense of marginalization and hopelessness. Hassane's strange sudden drowning at Beirut's rocky shore sparks a mob procession and strips apart the bond of youth and friendship, forcing his friends to grapple with loss and powerlessness, and with cold heavy truth of their friend's dead body."

Masquerades = Mascarades
"Mounir Mekbek lives with his family in a small village in the heart of the Algerian countryside. Very proud and sure of himself, he has only one dream- to finally be appreciated by his fellow villagers. Screwing up his carefully maintained image is his headstrong, narcoleptic sister Rym who falls asleep anywhere and whom the village is convinced will end up a spinster. One evening, Mounir returns from town drunk and announces that he's found a suitor for his sister. The fake story snowballs and snowballs until the suitor morphs into a rich, blonde Australian. The village begins preparing for the wedding in earnest - but without a bridegroom in sight."

Mawsim al-Zaytūn = The Olive Harvest
" the story of two Palestinian brothers who love the same woman. Amidst the backdrop of the captivating landscapes in Palestine, The Olive Harvest is more than a mere love story. It also explores tradition and family loyalty set in the larger context of unease in a Palestinian countryside vulnerable to encroaching Israeli settlements. Upon his release from an Israeli prison, older brother Mazen develops romantic feelings for the beautiful Raeda. However, Raeda is already engaged to Mazen's younger brother Taher, their love kept a secret because of the tradition for the eldest brother to wed first. Unsure of her true feelings, Raeda is forced into making a decision by the feuding brothers and by her authoritative father."

Milḥ hādhā al-baḥr = Salt of this Sea
"Soraya, born in Brooklyn in a working class community of Palestinian refugees, discovers that her grandfather's savings were frozen in a bank account in Jaffa when he was exiled in 1948. Direct, stubborn, and determined to reclaim what is hers, she fulfills her life-long dream of "returning" to Palestine. Slowly she is taken apart by the reality around her and is forced to confront her own anger. She meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, contrary to hers, is to leave forever. Tired of the constraints that dictate their lives, they know in order to be free, they must take things into their own hands, even if it's illegal."

Much Loved
A group of women in Marrakech, Morocco make a living as prostitutes in a culture that is very unforgiving toward women in that profession."

El Nasser Salah Eddine
"In this pan-Arabic classic that commemorates the reclamation of the Suez Canal by Egypt, Youssef Chahine tells the tale of Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, who, in the 12th century, united Arabs across North Africa and Western Asia against the crusading Christians. After defeating Richard the Lionhearted, the legendary Saladin pledges that Arab Jerusalem will remain open to all pilgrims, whatever the religion."

A New Day in Old Sana'a
"Handsome young Tariq is about to marry Bilquis, eldest daughter of a prominent and powerful judge. But as he wanders the ancient city of Sana'a late one night, he spots a beautiful young woman dancing in the street and falls madly in love with her."

The Nile Hilton Incident
"Cairo, 2011, just weeks before the revolution. Police Detective Noredin, working in the infamous Kasr el-Nil Police Station, is handed the case of a murdered singer. He soon realizes that the investigation concerns the very power elite, close to the president's inner circle."

"Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with his childhood friends, but it's soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia. "

"Mohammad, his wife and their five children live in a large, isolated house located mid-way between a Palestinian village and an Israeli settlement. Viewed as a strategic lookout point, the house is forcefully taken over by Israeli soldiers, who confine Mohammad and his family to a few downstairs rooms in daytime and a single room at night."

Al Quds fī yawm ākhar = Jerusalem, Another Day: Rana's Wedding
"A Palestinian girl has only 10 hours to both find and marry her boyfriend in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank. The uncertainty of her father's approval adds further difficult."

Ṣamt al-quṣūr = Silences of the Palace
"As Alia, the daughter of a beautiful servant, Khedija, grows up in the king's palace at the end of the French colonial rule in Tunisia, she realizes the sexual favors required of her mother and other servants, as she, herself, is misused by those in power around her. Women had to live in silence, a silence so profound, they may come to doubt their own past -- even their own existence -- yet they survived these political realities with courage, fellowship, and the resources of their bodies."

A Summer in La Goulette
"The year is 1967 in La Goulette, a small harbor town in the suburbs of Tunis where various cultures have lived together for ages in effortless harmony. Youssef, Jojo, and Giuseppe are as inseparable as their three 16-year-old daughters, Meriem, Gigi, and Tina. In a fit of teenage provocation, the three girls swear that they will lose their virginity by the day of the procession of the Madonna. To make matters worse, each of them has her eyes on a boy of a different religion."

The Syrian Bride = Kalah ha-Surit
"Mona's wedding day may be the saddest day of her life. Once she crosses the border between Israel and Syria to get married, she will never be allowed back to return to visit her family in the Golan Heights."

Theeb = Wolf (Arabic)
"1916. While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers' quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey."

Thartharah fawqa al-Nīl = Adrift on the Nile
"A group of hedonistic middle-aged friends gather each night on a luxurious houseboat for dancing, love-making and smoking hashish. When a young news reporter visits the houseboat to write a story on the group, she is outraged to learn the tragic depths of their social alienation."

Under the Bombs = Sous les bombes
"During a cease-fire in the Lebanon-Israel conflict of 2006, Tony, a Christian taxi-driver, brings Zeina, a Shiite woman from Beirut, to the heart of the conflict in the country's south. While they scour the rubble of local towns for Zeina's son, they discover that despite their very different backgrounds they have much in common. During their trip through the desolate countryside, the two travelers develop a deep bond as a response to the death surrounding them. Shot entirely on location during the summer of 2006, in the middle of the ruins of war-torn Lebanon. Aractingi only hired two professional actors; the rest are real refugees, journalists, soldiers, etc., playing themselves."

"Wadjda, a fun-loving 10-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia, has her heart set on a beautiful new bicycle. However, her mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Determined to turn her dreams into reality and buy the bike on her own, Wadjda uncovers the contradictions and opportunities ingrained in her world. Hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring all at once, this groundbreaking film has charmed critics and audiences all over the globe

When I Saw You
"In Jordan, in 1967, tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine. Separated from his father in the chaos of war, Tarek, eleven, and his mother Ghaydaa are placed in a temporary refugee camp, where they wait, like the generation before them in 1948. Seeking to escape the difficulties of camp life, Tarek₂s free spirit and curious nature lead him to a group of people on a journey that will change their lives."

Where Are You Going Moshe?
"When all of the Jews in the village of Bejjad plan to emigrate as part of a 1963 mass-exodus from Morocco, the local barkeep worries that he will lose his business. When he runs out of tricks and is about to lose hope, the perfect solution is found where nobody thought of looking. If only all of his other problems could be solved so easily."

"In 1982, amid the Lebanese Civil War, Israeli pilot Yoni is shot down over Beirut and taken prisoner by inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp. Among them is ten-year-old Fahed, whose father obsessively tends to his prized, but sickly olive tree, refusing to replant it until they return to their homeland. Fahed decides to use him to get past the border and into Palestine to plant his father's olive tree. The two embark on a dangerous journey, one that tests the very boundaries of humanity."

Zizou and the Arab Spring
"With two years of university under his belt, but very little common sense, Zizou leaves his Saharan village and finds work in the city of Tunis, installing satellite dishes alongside a colorful cast of characters. The job takes him to every part of the city, introducing him to residents ranging from supporters of the regime and underground rebels to a ravishing beauty being held captive by the mafia. When Zizou decides to attempt a rescue of his beloved, he gets much more than he bargained for."