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THE 7th EDITION WILL GO ON!

In solidarity with those people who are suffering at this time, we have taken the decision to maintain our event that opens on Friday.
We consulted with the Paris Police, the Mayor's office and the owners of the theater venue Les 3 Luxembourg and all agree: Middle East: What Cinema Can Do is upheld from Nov 20 – 29.
It will be dedicated to all the victims of terrorist attacks and acts of war, in Paris and Beirut, in Syria, Palestine and the list goes on.

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Twelve years after it first opened its doors at the cinema art-house Les 3 Luxembourg on Paris' Left Bank, the film event Middle East: What Cinema Can Do will celebrate its 7th edition from November 20 to 29. Present to inaugurate the event will be Leila Shahid (ex-EU Delegate representing Palestine) and Dominique Vidal (journalist/writer), on Friday, November 20.

The opening night film, The Wanted 18 by Amir Shomali, is Palestine's submission to the Academy Award Foreign Language nominations.  Completing this more compact yet rich edition are another 35 films that revolve around the 9 evening debate themes focusing on some of the hard subjects of our day: Palestine -Israel, chaos in Libya, the long hard road of women in Egypt, historic accord in Iran, ISIS in Iraq and Syria, refugees, Gaza one year later…


CR Margot Vageois

This year's photo comes to us from UNRWA, taken by a young Palestinian, Khalid Atif Hasan, which won the People's Choice award at the 2014 Youth Photography Competition. 

The winning photograph was captured by Niras Said, age 23, in Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, near Damascus in Syria. Said is featured in a correspondence with Ramallah in the film, Letters from Al Yarmouk by Rashid Masharawi on this year's film program.

The closing film is a fiction feature, Eyes of a Thief by Najwa Najjar has been shown all over the world but has not come out yet in theaters in France.

This ten-day event will allow audiences to see many films shown in France for the first time and discuss a range of topics with filmmakers and specialists participating in the debates or Q&A at each showing. It is a rare occurrence to witness such a mix of Middle Eastern artists and to view films from Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine and Syria on the same program.

See you in November!

Curtain Closes on the 7th Edition
Item posted : 26-01-2016 -- 18:30
Curtain Closes on the 7th Edition
Despite the fact that Middle East, What Cinema Can Do opened its doors one week after the tragic events of November 13, 2015, our 7th edition welcomed its largest crowd ever.
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Desperately Seeking Understanding
Item posted : 26-01-2016 -- 18:00
Desperately Seeking Understanding
Friday, November 20, 2015 at 8pm, only one week after "the drama" that hit Paris. Few people entering the theatre. Then all at once, they start coming in, slowly but steadily.  The small arthouse cinema The 3 Luxembourg is soon packed.
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Press Clippings
Item posted : 18-01-2016
Press Clippings
Television, radio, newspapers and magazines, websites, the 7th edition of Middle East: What Cinema Can Do was held from 20 November to the 29 November 2015. (in French)
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 Debates/Conferences
Item posted : 24-10-2015
Debates/Conferences
A sort of trademark of our biennial event, the debates after the evening film screenings are essential for putting the projected or commonly-held perspectives into the bigger picture, and totally enriching the festival-goer's experience.
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Film Program Overview
Item posted : 24-10-2015
Film Program Overview
A selection of films will take us on a tour of several regions in the Middle East even if Israel and Palestine remain at the core of the event.
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 Logic of War vs Logic of Peace
Item posted : 23-10-2015
Logic of War vs Logic of Peace
Never has the Middle East known such chaos: civil wars in Iraq and Syria, warring communities in Yemen, disintegration in Libya, threats of a new Intifada in Israel-Palestine, not to mention confrontation in Afghanistan.
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Opening Film – The Wanted 18
Item posted : 22-10-2015
Opening Film – The Wanted 18
For our opening night, Leila Shahid and Dominique Vidal will be present to debate: Which Levers to Pull for Peace in the Israeli - Palestinian conflict? following the film screening of Canadian-Palestinian documentary The Wanted 18.
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Closing Film – Eyes of a Thief
Item posted : 21-10-2015
Closing Film – Eyes of a Thief
Najwa Najjar's second feature film will screen Saturday night, 28 Nov, as part of the final debate evening that focuses on Palestine – The Water Time Bomb. 
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 Photo Mascot
Item posted : 19-10-2015
Photo Mascot
United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the European Union (EU) hold a photography competition each year, open to all Palestine refugees aged 16-29. 
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