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FIXER: THE TAKING OF AJMAL NAQSHBANDI
FIXER: THE TAKING OF AJMAL NAQSHBANDI

Media Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Political Science  Cultural Studies  Peace & Conflict  Islamic Studies  Terrorism Studies  Sociology  2009 

A behind-the-scenes look at the dangerous world of wartime news gathering, this incisive documentary tells the story of 24-year-old Ajmal Naqshbandi, a 'fixer' - someone hired by foreign journalists to gain access for their stories - who was kidnapped, along with an Italian reporter, by the Taliban in 2007.

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE
TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE

Cultural Studies  2009  Terrorism Studies  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Political Science  Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  Criminal & Law  American Studies 

The educational version of the 2008 Academy Award® winner for Best Documentary Feature, Taxi to the Dark Side is the definitive investigation into the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process.

BLOODY CARTOONS
BLOODY CARTOONS

Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  Cultural Studies  Political Science  Islamic Studies  Europe  Terrorism Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Media Studies  2009 

Filmed across the Middle East, Bloody Cartoons looks at how and why 12 drawings in a Danish newspaper drew a small country into a confrontation with Muslims all over the world. Featuring interviews with key players, this documentary goes behind the controversy to investigate the roots of the crisis.

MEN ON THE EDGE: fishermen’s diary
MEN ON THE EDGE: fishermen’s diary

Political Science  Cultural Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Anthropology  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Jewish Studies  Islamic Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

On an abandoned beach off the coast of Israel, against all odds, Israeli and Palestinian fishermen live and work together. Men on the Edge: Fishermen's Diary documents four years in their lives, an eclectic group of men brought together by a shared relationship with the sea.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS
STRAWBERRY FIELDS

Economics  Environmental Studies  Labor Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Political Science  Peace & Conflict  2008  Directed by Women 

Planted in Israel, harvested in Gaza, and exported to gourmet markets across Europe, the Gazan strawberry is the only product sold abroad as Palestinian produce. The amazing story of this little red fruit is a study in globalization and politics that offers a fresh perspective on the current Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

AFGHAN MUSCLES
AFGHAN MUSCLES

Cultural Studies  Anthropology  LGBTQ  Islamic Studies  Sociology  Middle Eastern Studies  2008 

Afghan Muscles takes us inside the most popular sport in Afghanistan: body building. Suppressed by the Taliban, this thriving spectator sport now attracts thousands of young men across a country ravaged by war and poverty who dream of attaining a better life through muscles.

JERUSALEM CUTS
JERUSALEM CUTS

Cinema Studies  Jewish Studies  Islamic Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Media Studies  Photography  Political Science  2008 

The founding of Israel – specifically the 1948 war for Jerusalem - is seen through the work of two photographers, British and Palestinian, in this compelling documentary that examines how pictures shape the way history is remembered and taught. Includes remarkable photographs that have never been seen before.

AFGHAN WOMEN: a history of struggle
AFGHAN WOMEN: a history of struggle

Women's Studies  Islamic Studies  Russia  Political Science  Middle Eastern Studies  World History  2008  Directed by Women 

The tumultuous history of Afghanistan from the perspective of the country's female population, Afghan Women: A History of Struggle chronicles the stories of women who have risked their lives to achieve political, economic, and social equality.

TANGIER TREEHOUSE
TANGIER TREEHOUSE

Children & Young Adult  Architecture  African Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  Environmental Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

When a group of Moroccan street children faced with the choice of emigrating illegally to Europe take part in a treehouse building workshop, they find themselves unexpectedly transformed. This wonderful documentary offers a timely and intimate window into the world of Arab youth.

FRONTRUNNER: the afghan woman who surprised the world
FRONTRUNNER: the afghan woman who surprised the world

Women's Studies  Media Studies  Islamic Studies  Political Science  Cultural Studies  Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

The heroic story of the first woman to run for President of Afghanistan. Frontrunner introduces us to Dr. Massouda Jalal, a mother of three children, whose campaign inspired thousands of women across the country to participate in the democratic process.

THIN ICE
THIN ICE

Children & Young Adult  Women's Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Cultural Studies  Asian Studies  2007 

A surprising and inspiring documentary about breaking gender and religious barriers in India. With no equipment or funding, a group of young Buddhist and Muslim girls work tirelessly to be the first female team to compete in the national ice hockey tournament.

SARI’S MOTHER
SARI’S MOTHER

Women's Studies  Political Science  Middle Eastern Studies  Health  AIDS  2007  Academy Award Winners & Nominees 

From the director of the Academy Award® nominated Iraq in Fragments, this short powerful documentary follows an Iraqi mother struggling under U.S. occupation to care for her 10-year-old son, who is dying of AIDS.

MY DAD IS INTO TERRORISM
MY DAD IS INTO TERRORISM

Terrorism Studies  Psychology & Psychiatry  Political Science  Middle Eastern Studies  Media Studies  Family Relations  Europe  Criminal & Law 

In the 1980s, Paris was hit by a wave of deadly terrorist attacks. When the presiding judge unexpectedly released the suspected mastermind, he was vilified in the press, and several years later, took his own life. This powerful documentary explores the intersection of politics, ethics, media, and terrorism.

HIDE YOUR WORDS
HIDE YOUR WORDS

Women's Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Children & Young Adult  Anthropology 

As they gather salt, two young girls talk about a fellow classmate, a 14-year-old girl who was forced to marry a 73-year-old man. An intimate look at the reality of arranged marriages in Iran.

AT THE GREEN LINE
AT THE GREEN LINE

Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  Jewish Studies 

A passionate and balanced documentary about the "Courage to Refuse" movement that looks at the political, ethical and moral choices facing Israeli soldiers.

LESSONS IN FEAR
LESSONS IN FEAR

Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Middle Eastern Studies  Jewish Studies  Islamic Studies  Children & Young Adult 

Lessons in Fear compares the Israeli and Palestinian educational systems and looks at what young kids on both side are being taught.

A BRIEF PEACE
A BRIEF PEACE

Death & Dying  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  Psychology & Psychiatry  Cultural Studies  Sociology 

Revealing an aspect of Iranian society rarely exposed to the West, filmmaker Ata Hayati brings his cameras to Behesht Zahra, Tehran's biggest cemetery, to witness Iran's distinctive culture of death.

THE OTHER SIDE OF BURKA
THE OTHER SIDE OF BURKA

Women's Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Short Films 

An award-winning documentary about one of the most extreme examples of face-veiling in the Middle East.

COMEDY MIDDLE EASTERN STYLE
COMEDY MIDDLE EASTERN STYLE

Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  American Studies  Sociology  Performing Arts  Directed by Women 

Middle Eastern standup comics living in New York share their views on political issues and the prejudice they’ve had to endure since 9/11.

TALKING PEACE
TALKING PEACE

Sociology  Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  Education  American Studies 

Talking Peace takes viewers inside the Jewish Palestinian Living Room Dialogue and tells a compelling story of two sides coming together through the simple act of listening.

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