Archive for the ‘ Movies ’ Category

Persepolis // French-Persian Movie

Persepolis is a 2007 French  animated film based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphical novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud. The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. The story ends with Marjane as a 24-year-old expatriate.

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A Time for Drunken Horses // Persian-Kurdish Movie!

Ayoub (Ayoub Ahmadi), an orphaned Kurdish child, smuggles contraband across the Iran/Iraq border in order to support his siblings. He goes to great lengths to raise money for his disabled brother Madi (Madi Ekhtiar Dini) who is in dire need of surgery. This film marks the first feature-length Iranian movie shot entirely in the Kurdish language and represents the first of director Bahman Ghobadi’s films on the people of Kurdistan.

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Outside the Law (hors la loi) // Algerian Movie!

After loosing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won.

[Movie in Arabic & French]

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Under The Bombs // Lebanese Movie!

In the wake of Israel’s 2006 bombardment of Lebanon, a determined woman finds her way into the country convincing a taxi cab driver to take a risky journey around the scarred region in search of her sister and her son.


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Turtles Can Fly!

Turtles Can Fly // Directed by Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, the film was the first to be filmed in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Set in a Kurdish refugee camp on the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of the US invasion of Iraq, the film follows 13 year old boy named ‘Satellite’ who serves as the de facto leader of the refugee camp thanks to his ability to install satellite dishes and translate news of the pending US invasion.  Organizing fellow orphans into landmine-collection teams so that they can eke out a living, he is all business until the arrival of a clairvoyant boy and his quiet, beautiful sister.

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Afghan Star // The documentary!

After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop Idol has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series ‘Afghan Star’ and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation’s favorite singer. But will they attain the freedom they hope for in this vulnerable and traditional nation?

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