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 : 13/12/2009 -- 15h30
A People in the Shadows
Almost thirty years after the revolution, and twenty since the end of the long Iran-Iraq war, a voyage into the heart of Tehran, a megalopolis of fourteen million people. The city is still recovering from its past, as talk of sanctions and a possible American attack resonate. An intimate look at the way people live in this immense city today, caught up in its paradoxes and contradictions.

Screening date : 09/12/2009 -- 18h
Pomegranates & Myrrh
Ramallah today. A free spirited woman dancer and wife of a prisoner, Kamar, meets Kais, a Palestinian returnee. At the same time, Kamar's life is thrown into the turmoil of family's legal case against the confiscation of its land. She is caught in the midst of her desire to dance and to break the family's and society's taboos about a prisoner's wife's role. Meanwhile life under occupation rages on.

Screening date : 03/12/2009
Puzzled Jerusalem
Cartography of a city. Portraits of Jerusalemites, from one district to the next, from west to east, following in the steps of Shanit, Neda, Avraham, Akram, and the Surkhi family. A wall that separates and chokes the Arab villages, imprisons families, who lose their identity, and stops the traffic of ambulances. A fragmented city where the checkpoints are constantly relocated according to the most recent happenings.

Screening date : 12/12/ 2009 -- 20h00
Quelques instants avec l’Imam
Every year, the inhabitants of Nabatiyya commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Al-Husayn in 680. The film explores the parallelism between war and rite in Nabatiyya, an important town in the Lebanese religious area.

Screening date : 06/12/2009 -- 17h15
Bedouins appear in the Israeli collective consciousness as either "ethnographic" or "demographic" issues. Their representation keeps most Israelis from seeing them as people with hopes and dreams, frustrations and fears, possessing a past and a future. Five people whom history has cast in the roles of protagonists are antagonized by a state that has established itself on their ancestral lands. A film about people forced into the role of Bedouins - the only identity the State of Israel allows them, and the very identity it systematically denies them.

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