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EL OUED, EL OUED. Documentary Film selected at Dubai Film Festival 2013
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Algeria, United Arab Emirates and Netherlands / 2013 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / DCP / 86 minutes

Synopsis:

In Algerian, “el oued, l’oued” means along the river. From its sources in the peaks of the Atlas of Blida to the mouth in the Mediterranean,

a few kilometres from the capital Algiers, the film explores and tries to present a different Algeria.

Cast & Credits

Film selected at Dubai Film Festival 2013

Mar
18
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ArabDocNetwork at Luxor African Film Festival opening today
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Today, 18th of March 2014 is the opening for Luxor African Film Festival and Arab Doc Network will be there!

We will be informing of all the documentaries in this festival!

Mar
7
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Voices of Qatar. Brush Strokes of the Future
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As the country prepares to celebrate National Day, we take a moment to hear the voices of Qatar.

A series of short documentary films about individuals:

We joined Faraj Daham– 30 year veteran of fine arts – as he prepares for his next exhibition.

We joined Hanan Ali Al Sharshani – A young Qatari writer – as she takes us us on a journey by the sea.

We joined Khalifa Al Obaidly – an accomplished photographer of 25 years – as he showed us his life in Qatar through a lens.

Watch at: http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/videos/voices-of-qatar-brush-strokes-of-the-future

Mar
6
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Reel Bad Arabs Documentary Film: How Hollywood Vilifies Arab People
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The Arab is a one-dimensional caricature, a cartoon cutout used by film makers as stock villains and as comic relief. And so, over and over, we see Arabs in movies portrayed as buffoons, their only purpose being to deliver cheap laughs. This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs–from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding “terrorists”–along the way offering devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today.

Shaheen shows how the persistence of these images over time has served to naturalize prejudicial attitudes toward Arabs and Arab culture, in the process reinforcing a narrow view of individual Arabs and the effects of specific US domestic and international policies on their lives. By inspiring critical thinking about the social, political, and basic human consequences of leaving these Hollywood caricatures unexamined, the film challenges viewers to recognize the urgent need for counter-narratives that do justice to the diversity and humanity of Arab people and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture.

Watch the full documentary in this link:

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/reel-bad-arabs/

Dec
5
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Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Creative International Partnerships
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The Documentary Film Program and Fund has spearheaded innovative international partnerships, presentations, and convenings to provide funding and support for emerging independent documentary practices globally. Activities include workshops, presentations, mentoring, funding, and building regional partnerships. DFP has had a special focus on the Middle East and China since 2009. Other regional cultivation and artist support extends through gatherings in Iran, Dubai, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Syria, Eastern Europe, the UK, South Africa, South and Central America, Taiwan, and India. Future target regions include Indonesia and sub-Saharan Africa. Current creative partnerships include:

  • Stories of Change partnership with the Skoll Foundation
  • Good Pitch with Britdoc Foundation
  • Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Middle East
  • Greenhouse Documentary Development Program, Mediterranean Region
Nov
1
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ALI’ENS (Somalis in Transit) wins Best Documentary at Human Rights Film Festival STEPS in Ukarine
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