A Dangerous Business

Al Jadid Staff

In March 2007, Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo set out with his Afghan driver, Sayed Agha, and his ‘fixer,’ the 24 year old Ajmal Naqshbandi, to interview a “notorious one-legged Taliban commander.”  Instead, the trio found themselves in a nightmare, ...

Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi

Directed by Ian Olds

The Cinema Guild, 2009

Man As Nation

Al Jadid Staff

“Mustafa Kemal Ataturk” commences with images of Modern day Turkey, replete with contradictions and tensions between Islamists and secularists. Since September 11 Turkey has often been hailed as an example of a successful Middle Eastern democracy, ...

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk: The Birth of a Republic

A Film by Séverine Labat, 2005

Icarus Films

A New Look at the Unchanging

Al Jadid Staff

“The Koran: The Origins of the Book” challenges the prevalent Muslim belief that the Koran has remained unchanged since it was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad between 610-632 AD. Director Bruno Ulmer commences by recounting...

The Koran: The Origins of the Book
A Film by Bruno Ulmer, 2009

The Cost of Feminism

Lynne Rogers

In the documentary, “Unveiled Views”, Muslim feminists with and without the veil, speak of their costly pursuance of art and freedom.  In Turkey, the glamorous and tenacious Eren Keskin, a human rights attorney with a classically trained singing voice, ...

Unveiled Views: Muslim Women Artists Speak Out
Directed by Alba Sotorra
Women Make Movies, 2009

Life at the Wall

Al Jadid Staff

While most documentaries on the occupation of Palestine focus on the abuse of innocent civilians,”This Way Up,” winner of several awards including the 2008 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, takes an original and poignant view ...

This Way Up

Directed by Georgi Lazarevski

Icarus Films, 2008

Palestinian Rights/Human Rights

Al Jadid Staff

The next time someone asks me “what was it like to live in Palestine?”  I will simply recommend the documentary “Occupation 101, Voices of the Silent Majority.”  Deserving winner of eight film festival awards, this impressive film begins ...

Occupation 101, Voices of the Silent Majority

By Sufyan Omesh and Abdallah Omesh,
A Triple Eye Film, 2008 

No Garbage, No Wife

Lynne Rogers

Mai Iskander’s new documentary, “Garbage Dreams,” delves into the lives of the “Zaballeen,” the 60,000 Coptic Christians who live on the outskirts of Cairo collecting and recycling the garbage of Cairo’s 18 million people...


Garbage Dreams

Directed by Mai Iskander

Iskander Films. 2009, 79 minutes

A Time to Say No

Bobby S. Gulshan

Raised to be Heroes

Directed by Jack Silberman
National Film Board of Canada, 2006

To dissent may well be the highest form of patriotism. While it is indeed noble to offer one’s life in blood for the sake of the nation, imagine the odds stacked against someone who believes deep within that the greatest contribution to preserve the health of the homeland is to refuse to carry out that particular task.

To refuse, while the greater majority and its near-sacred institutions label you a traitor and labor to silence your voice behind stone and steel.


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