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Arab cinema, past and present
A brief history by Professor Viola Shafik
History of the film industry in Morocco, with a guide to Moroccan films. Produced by the
Ministry of Information, but factual and interesting.
al-Arab, on the Sakhr website, has details (in Arabic only) of the most
prominent films, actors and actresses. It also includes a glossary in Arabic for movie
terms. [Requires a browser with Arabic support.]
protestations fail to justify 'The Siege'
Yet another American film portraying Arabs and Muslims as
fanatics, extremists, bombers and terrorists.
Jadid magazine, Vol. 4, No. 25
The University of North Carolina claims to have the most comprehensive and diverse collection of
films and videos of the Middle East and Islamic world. More than 500 titles
are listed, with full credit annotation and a
brief commentary. The
collection covers a wide range of topics and genres:
documentaries on art and architecture, anthropological,
geographical and political studies, literary classics and feature
At the University of California-Berkeley. Covers ancient,
classical, contemporary, immigrants, culture to politics.
Arab Film Distribution, based
in the United States, probably has the largest selection of Arab films available via
August Light Productions is another
US-based distributor of films from the Arab world.
about the Arab world
National Film Board of Canada. Includes documentaries.
twist for Cairo Film Festival
On the 23rd Cairo International Film Festival, 24 November - 7 December, 1999. (Transnational Broadcasting Studies)
Beirut International Film Festival
The second annual festival has long since passed its view-by date, but this website, created specially for the
occasion in 1997, still gives a fair impression of the range and diversity of contemporary
A festival held in
Bruges, Belgium, in 1999.
of Arab Cinema
This event, in 1996, marked the largest presentation of Arab
films ever shown in the U.S.