Tag: Arab

Documentary as a transmission medium

The new documentary Spaces of Exception draws parallels between the experiences of oppression and resistance in Native American reservations and Palestinian refugee camps.

A hilarious examination of the human condition

An intimate portrait of a sarcastic elderly Palestinian woman's life, relationships, regrets and bitterness enlightened by flashes of dark humour.

Orwa Nyrabia – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

The new artistic director at IDFA talks about the new features of the documentary industry and how watching a documentary can turn into a life-changing experience.

State of repression

Recently opened archival material from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq paints a different picture of the brutal dictatorship.

A moral duty to tell

Israeli lawyer Michael Sfard presents a new take on human rights battles within the occupied Palestinian territories.

Two Hundred Years of Silence

IRAN: This sixty year old book is heartily recommended for anyone who wants to know more about the current relationship between Iranians and Arabs.

Two Centuries of Silence

A: Where are you from? B: Iran A: So you speak Arabic? B: No, we speak Farsi. Iranians are not Arab. We are Persian.

Female Arab voices

A myriad of Arab women documentary filmmakers have started their own revolutions through the issues that they choose to cover, the questions they ask and the connections they establish.


For the first time ever, a Syrian documentary project was pitched at the Amsterdam FORUM and was one of the most successful pitches to boot. Broadcasters queued up to land a deal with Proaction (the Syrian production company) and Final Cut (the Danish co-producer)

ARAB-EUROPEAN COOPERATION: Three Minutes of Palestinian Reality

Four Palestinian filmmakers living in Ramallah, all professional filmmakers with filming and producing experience in their native country, were given the opportunity to make a short documentary for Channel 4’s strand “3-minute wonder”