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Films in Arabic

Abouna Abouna (2002) - After two young Chadian boys discover their father has abandoned them, they embark on a desperate quest to bring him home. DVD.

Alexandria Again and Forever (1989) - Yehia joins a hunger protest which has brought together the entire Eqyptian filmmaking industry. As the strikers increase their demands, Yehia becomes increasingly attracted to Amir, a young actor whose film career he launched. Soon, however, Yehia's obsession is replaced by his infatuation with Nadia, the lovely ingenue he has decided to cast in his next film. DVD.

Alexandria...Why? Alexandria...Why? (1979) - 18-year-old Yehia retreats from the poverty, death and suffering all around him in World War II Egypt and dreams of one day becoming a Hollywood filmmaker. But after he falls in love and discovers the harsh truths behind the European occupation of his country, Yehia reassesses his identity and allegiances. DVD.

Daresalam (2000) - In a small Central African village, boyhood friends Djimi and Koni have come of age under a post-colonial government that levies crippling taxes and legally robs local farmers of their meager crops. When impulsive Koni savagely attacks a visiting government official, the resulting massacre forces the two friends on a journey that will transform them from boys into men. DVD.

Divine Intervention (2002) - Elia Suleiman's critically-acclaimed satire chronicles the absurdities of life and love on both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli border. DVD.

Le Grand Voyage (2004) - The stern father of a Muslim family living in France requests that his teenage son drive him to Mecca for the religious pilgrimage known as the Hajj. The son, who is not religious and has a non-Muslim girlfriend, can't relate to his traditionalist father. The trip to Mecca bears out the inherent generational divide. DVD.

Promises (2001) - Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers followed a group of seven local children between 1995 and 1998. They all have a totally different background. These seven children tell their own story about growing up in Jerusalem. Seen through the eyes of the children, who although only living 20-minutes apart, live day-to-day obstacles differently, that seperate them deeply. DVD.

Rachida (2002) - Rachida lives and teaches in an old neighbourhood in Algeria. Like most of the people in Algeria, she thinks she is far removed from the bloody conflict the country is in, until one day she is attacked by a terrorist group. The terrorists ask her to plant a bomb in her school. After refusing, they shoot her in cold blood. Miraculously, she is saved and seeks refuge in a neighbouring village and must overcome succumbing to her anger and hate and be the schoolteacher she was born to be. DVD.

Satin Rouge (2002) - A Tunisian widow embarks on a journey of self-discovery when she is drawn to the world of cabaret belly dancers. DVD.

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