Middle East: What Can Cinema Do? is delighted to present 50 films over a 12-day period. Documentaries are in the majority, proving that the political and economic woes of the region have not stifled the filmmakers, but more fiction are being presented than ever before; certain filmmakers have pursued their cinematic talent finding new ways to communicate their messages. There are about twenty feature-length films, fifteen shorts and the other fifteen are mid-length films.

Works by these Middle Eastern film directors are complemented by a certain number of films by American and European directors, notably from Spain, France, Belgium and Sweden. All the films presented at the event, in alphabetical order, will be available below for you to discover.
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Screening date : 06/12/2009 -- 20h30
Ashkenazim - Jews of European origin - are Israel's "white folks." But the paradox of whiteness in Israel is that Ashkenazim aren't exactly "white folks" historically... Ashkenaz looks at whiteness in Israel and wonders: How did the "Others" of Europe become the "Europe" of the others?

Screening date : 03/12/2009 -- 17h15
Avec un seul poumon
In the occupied territories, employment, "proper" or "improper", has first to be… possible! An unprejudiced look at a little recognized reality of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank: the forced unemployment of Palestinian men and women whose movements are limited and social rights ignored. A denunciation of the least visible hazards of occupation, which seep into the deepest recesses of daily living.

Screening date : 04/12/2009 -- 20h
Bethlehem Checkpoint, 4am
The daily struggle the Palestinians face on their way to work, passing through the checkpoint from Bethlehem to Jerusalem.

Screening date : 09/12/2009 -- 20h
Coming Back
Some birds migrate but all the birds keep coming back, seeking the warmth of a homeland.

Screening date : 04/12/2009 -- 20h
Corps et Voiles (Bodies and Veils)
On the Jordanian bank of the Dead Sea opposite Israel, veiled women swim alongside women in bikinis.

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