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Remembering the Arab Spring

The White Helmets

Orlando von Einsiedel
2016 United Kingdom

As daily airstrikes pound civilian targets in Syria, a group of indomitable first responders risk their lives to rescue victims from the rubble. In this snapshot of both the harrowing realities of life for ordinary Syrians who remain in the country and the power of the human spirit, the White Helmets put everything on the line to protect their communities.

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Arabic movie from 2013: The Square

The Square

Jehane Noujaim
2013 United Kingdom, Egypt, USA
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Series

Six Windows in the Desert

2020-2020 Saudi Arabia

With genres ranging from a surrealist abstract piece to science fiction and topics concerning various social issues like racism, extremism, and the human psyche, this collection of shorts from Saudi filmmakers depicts the nuances of Saudi Arabian culture.

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Short and Straight to the Point

Dry Hot Summers

Sherif El Bendary
2016 Egypt, Germany

Two lonely people in opposite chapters of their lives accidentally meet on a busy summer day in a Cairo taxi. Frail old Shawky and bubbly young Doaa are both caught up in their busy routines as their race through the city evolves into a journey of self-discovery that reconnects them to the joys of life.

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Record It!

The Square

Jehane Noujaim
2013 United Kingdom, Egypt, USA

Centered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, several young activists participate in the Egyptian Revolution. They are armed with determination, humor, social media savvy, and a passionate vision for the country’s future – but can that sustain them when dictator Hosni Mubarek’s fall proves to be only the beginning of their struggle?

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Oscar Submissions

Wadjda

Haifaa Al-Mansour
2012 Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Germany

Although Wadjda lives in a conservative world, she is fun loving, entrepreneurial, and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with a neighborhood boy she isn’t supposed to play with, Wadjda attempts to raise money for a bicycle so she can beat him in a race.

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Arabic movie from 2013: The Square

The Square

Jehane Noujaim
2013 United Kingdom, Egypt, USA
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Arabic movie from 2014: Theeb‎‎

Theeb‎‎

Naji Abu Nowar
2014 United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan
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Arabic movie from 2015: 3000 Nights

3000 Nights

Mai Masri
2015 Occupied Palestinian Territory, France, Jordan
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Arabic movie from 2018: Capernaum

Capernaum

Nadine Labaki
2018 Lebanon, USA, France
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Next Award, Please

Excuse my French

Amr Salama
2014 Egypt

After a family tragedy, Hany tries to fit in at a new public school. Not wanting to be bullied for being from a different social class and religious background than his classmates, Hany pretends to be Muslim to deal with the chaotic, unfamiliar environment.

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Arabic movie from 1990: Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces

Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces

Férid Boughedir
1990 Tunisia, France, Italy
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Arabic movie from 2018: Capernaum

Capernaum

Nadine Labaki
2018 Lebanon, USA, France
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Box Office Hits

El Dealer

Ahmed Saleh
2010 Egypt

Destiny unites two longtime enemies after years apart. Although both have become prominent drug dealers, they still share one thing: love for the same woman.

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Arabic movie from 2015: The Idol

The Idol

Hany Abu-Assad
2015 Occupied Palestinian Territory, United Kingdom, Qatar
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Arabic movie from 2018: Capernaum

Capernaum

Nadine Labaki
2018 Lebanon, USA, France
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