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Arabic Ahla al Awkat (The Best of Times)
AF0028
film_image A young woman find herself awkwardly living with her step-father after her mother's tragic death. She longs for her happy childhood days and decides to search for her father. This quest reunites her with two childhood friends. Through this unlikely reunion, we are given an insight into the lives of three very different women in contemporary society, present by the young and talented Hala Khalil in her directorial debut. [Tags: Drama ]
Arabic Ahlam Hind wa Kamilia (Dreams of Hind and Camilia)
AF0027
film_image Traces the friendship of two exploited servant women of Cairo: Camilla, divorced and unable to have children, and Hind, a widow from the countryside who longs to return to her home village. When Hind gives birth to a girl, they name her Ahlam, meaning "dreams." But will their own dreams elude them, or will they triumph against the odds?
Arabic Al qods fee yom akhar (Rana's Wedding)
AF0017
film_image Shooting on location in East Jerusalem in Ramallah, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad offers a romantic and compelling portrait of love under occupation and everyday life turned upside down. When Rana is faced with an ultimatum- choose a husband from a list of eligible, respectable men or leave for Egypt- she goes searching for a lover of her own choosing. Moving across checkpoints to the West Bank, finding a wedding dress in a war zone, and settling family differences all in just ten hours, Rana finds… In Jerusalem, love has many roadblocks. [Tags: Drama , Comedy , Romance , Romantic Comedy ]
Arabic Ali Zaoua: prince de la rue (Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets)
AF0012
film_image Nabil Ayouch’s first feature, Mektoub, was Morocco’s official entry in the 1999 Academy Awards. Mektoub became one of the most successful and acclaimed features in Moroccan history. For Ali Zaoua, Ayouch casts homeless children from the streets of Casablanca. Ali Zaoua’s urban landscapes are a far cry from the iconic images of the legendary film Casablanca. However, Ayouch’s compassion toward the children and their plight is evident in every frame of the film as he contrasts their stark reality with the fantastic dream world to which they seek to escape. [Tags: Drama , Crime , Crime Drama ]
Arabic Al-irhab wal kabab (Terrorism and BBQ)
AF0024
film_image Government employee Ahmed El-Bab goes to the Education Administration Department at the Tahrir complex to transfer his children to another school. He's treated with insolence and negligence by the clerks. He rebels and loses his temper with one of the clerks. The clerk calls security, Ahmed clashes with them and a bullet is fired by mistake. The security man runs away and Ahmed takes possession of the rifle. A rumor spreads that terrorists have taken over the complex. Ahmed is then joined by four others including Hind, a woman arrested for solicitng. The terrorists are asked for their demands, Admand Demands a large quantity of barbeque and the plot unfolds. [Tags: Action , Comedy , Crime , Terrorism ]
Arabic Amreeka
AF0032
film_image Muna, a single mother in Ramallah, has applied for a visa to the US. When it comes, her son Fadi, an excellent student, convinces her they should go. After an incident at customs begins their exile badly, they join Muna's sister and family in Illinois. Muna needs a job: although she has two degrees and 15 years' experience in banking, she settles for work at White Castle, telling the family her job's at a nearby bank. It's spring, 2003, and the US invades Iraq. While friends come from unlikely places, Fadi meets prejudice at school. How will he respond to American youth culture and how will Muna sort things out with her family? [Tags: Drama ]
Arabic Amreeka
AF0035
film_image Muna, a single mother in Ramallah, has applied for a visa to the US. When it comes, her son Fadi, an excellent student, convinces her they should go. After an incident at customs begins their exile badly, they join Muna's sister and family in Illinois. Muna needs a job: although she has two degrees and 15 years' experience in banking, she settles for work at White Castle, telling the family her job's at a nearby bank. It's spring, 2003, and the US invades Iraq. While friends come from unlikely places, Fadi meets prejudice at school. How will he respond to American youth culture and how will Muna sort things out with her family? [Tags: Drama ]
Arabic Asfour Stah (Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces)
AF0015
film_image Set against the sensual, exotic backdrop of modern Tunisia, renowned Arab critic-turned-film-maker Ferid Boughedir’s Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces is a bittersweet portrait of a boy’s sexual awakening. Noura (Selim Boughedir, the director’s nephew) is an inquisitive thirteen-year-old whose eyes are opened to his own sexual desires when he visits the local Turkish bathhouse with his mother. Gazing upon the spectacular array of unclothed women and girls, Noura begins to experience his first pangs of longing. But just as Noura is awakened to the pleasures of the fair sex, he risks being wrested from their tender, affectionate companionship and thrust into the callous and rigid company of men. A sensitive, comical look at the difficulty of growing up under the puritanical codes of Islam, Boughedir’s film is also a rich, vibrant portrait of the Arab neighborhood of Halfaouine with its array of colorful and eccentric citizenry from whom Noura learns the complicated, often hypocritical ways of adulthood. DVD also features Camera Arabe--1987. Camera Arabe is a feature-length documentary on the history of Arab cinema, directed by Ferid Boughedir. [Tags: Drama , Comedy , Coming-of-Age , Coming of Age ]
Arabic Doa al Karawan (The Nightingale's Prayer)
AF0029
film_image Based on the novel by the great Egyptian novelist, Taha Hussein, THE NIGHTINGALE'S PRAYER stars the first lady of the Arab silver screen, Faten Hamama. This compelling tale of love and betrayal, set in the upper Egyptian countryside, follows the story of Amna (Hamama) as she plots her revenge on the engineer (Ahmed Mazhar) who destroyed her family's honor. [Alt text: The Curlew's Cry ] [Tags: Drama , Romance ]
Arabic Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs - The Iraqi Connection
AF0036
film_image Forget Baghdad tells the forgotten story of four Baghdadi-Jews, all former members of the Iraqi communist party who were forced to emigrate at Israel’s founding. [Tags: Documentary ]

This collection of international films and documentaries is used exclusively by students and faculty of the School World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. The World Studies Media Center strictly adheres to the copyrights and fair use guidelines of all titles housed in this collection.

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