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Documentary Film Gives Voice to the Erotic Body

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Kim Jensen

Joumana Haddad, Lebanese feminist, author, and poet, founded Jasad, the Arabic Journal of Erotic Arts, in order to advocate for the sexual liberation for the Arab World. In her film, “Jasad & The Queen of Contradictions” Amanda Homsi-Ottosson combines interviews with Haddad, Jasad journal contributors, and critics, as well as reactions from the street, and footage taken from the literary salons of Beirut, the Queen of Contradictions herself.  

Jasad & The Queen of Contradictions
A film by Amanda Homsi-Ottosson
Women Make Movies,  2011, 40 minutes 

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Wives in Tension

By 
Rebecca Joubin

In this exemplary documentary film, women (both veiled and unveiled, religious and secular) discuss the presence of Islam and secularism in contemporary Turkish ...

Women of Turkey: Between Islam and Secularism
A film by Olga Nakkas
Turkey/Lebanon
WMM, 2006

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Does God Distinguish Gender?

Lynne Rogers

In “Rights and Wrongs, the Story of Women in Islam,” filmmaker Corinne Huq returns to the Quran to reestablish the precedents for women’s rights set forth by the Prophet Mohammed.  Huq tackles the rights of women, like her predecessors such as ... 

Rights and Wrongs, the Story of Women in Islam
Directed by Corine Huq
Women Make Movies, 2011

Divorce and Workplace Issues Focus of Moroccan Documentary

Wided Khadraoui

“Camera/ Woman” is a poignant documentary set in Casablanca that touches upon the complex issue of gender in Moroccan society and focuses on a few key issues such as the lives of divorced women,  the taboo of women working in certain professions, and the difficulties associated with challenging the established status quo.

Camera/ Woman:
A film by Karima Zoubir
WMM, 2012

“Camera/ Woman” is a poignant documentary set in Casablanca that touches upon the complex issue of gender in Moroccan society and focuses on a few key issues such as the lives of divorced women,  the taboo of women working in certain professions, and the difficulties associated with challenging the established status quo.

The Battle for the Arab Viewer

A Tale of Two Networks
Bobby Gulshan

Nordin Lasfar’s “The Battle for the Arab Viewer” puts the debate about media bias and political influence center-stage. The film argues that despite pretenses to the contrary, neither Al Jazeera nor Al Arabiya operate in total objectivity. 

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The Battle for the Arab Viewer
A film by Nordin Lasfar
Icarus Films, 2012, 48 minutes

Nordin Lasfar’s “The Battle for the Arab Viewer” puts the debate about media bias and political influence center-stage. The film argues that despite pretenses to the contrary, neither Al Jazeera nor Al Arabiya operate in total objectivity.

Faces, Conversations, and Camaraderie in the Egyptian Revolution

Paige Donnelly

The revolution documented by Stefano Savona’s “Tahrir: Liberation Square” is not the sexy revolution of the media. Instead, Stefano Savona captures an organic Egyptian revolution – one of patience, uncertainty, and fraternity. The film is shot in Cairo on January 30, 2011, six days after Egyptians took to the streets.

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Tahrir: Liberation Square
By Stefano Savona’s
Icarus Films, 2012

The revolution documented by Stefano Savona’s “Tahrir: Liberation Square” is not the sexy revolution of the media. Instead, Stefano Savona captures an organic Egyptian revolution – one of patience, uncertainty, and fraternity. The film is shot in Cairo on January 30, 2011, six days after Egyptians took to the streets.

'Goodbye Mubarak'--The Road to Revolution

Joseph Sills

Though "Goodbye Mubarak" begins with a shot of Cairo’s Tahrir Square full of protest, director and writer Katia Jarjoura focuses on rising political tensions three months before the Egyptian revolution. 

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Goodbye Mubarak
Directed by Katia Jarjoura
Icarus Films, 2011,  72 min

Though "Goodbye Mubarak" begins with a shot of Cairo’s Tahrir Square full of protest, director and writer Katia Jarjoura focuses on rising political tensions three months before the Egyptian revolution.

The Legacy of a Martyr

Paige Donnelly

The late Mohamed Bouazizi was a butterfly for Tunisia. In life, he went unnoticed by society’s radar. But in death, his small wings blew tremors throughout the Arab world; his self-immolation on December 17, 2010 was seismic for the region. His death epitomizes the butterfly effect.

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Rouge Parole
Directed and written by Elyes Baccar
Cinema Guild, 2011, 94 minutes

.The late Mohamed Bouazizi was a butterfly for Tunisia. In life, he went unnoticed by society’s radar. But in death, his small wings blew tremors throughout the Arab world; his self-immolation on December 17, 2010 was seismic for the region. His death epitomizes the butterfly effect.

Hope , Fraud, ....Freedom? The 2009 Iranian Election

Lynne Rogers

"The Green Wave"by filmmaker Ali Samadi Ahadi combines animation, film footage, interviews, and actual blog posts to record the “lost or silenced voices” of the Iranian 2009 elections.  In the preceding years under Ahmadinejad, Iran had experienced numerous economic problems despite their lucrative oil revenues.  As a result of the economic suffering,

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The Green Wave
By  Ali Samadi Ahadi
Cinema Guild, 2011, 80 minutes

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