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17. Kilink uçan adama karsi a.k.a. Kilink vs the Flying Man (Turkey, 1967)

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18. The Holy Land (Israel, 2001)
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1. Homoti (Turkey, 1987)
2. Who Breaks... Pays (Turkey, 1975)
3. Anayurt Oteli a.k.a. Motherland Hotel (Turkey, 1987)
4. Umut (Turkey, 1970)
5. Zaytoun (Israel, 2012)
6. Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (UAE, 2015)
7. The Insult (Cyprus/Lebanon, 2017)
8. Kiliç Aslan a.k.a. The Sword and the Claw (Turkey, 1975)
9. The Congress (Israel, 2013)
10. Kilink Istanbul'da a.k.a. Killing in Istanbul (Turkey, 1967)
11. Big Bad Wolves (Israel, 2013)
12. Seytanin kölesi (Turkey, 1980)
13. Remake, Remix, Rip-Off: About Copy Culture & Turkish Pop Cinema (Turkey, 2014)
14. Kara Murat seyh gaffar'a karsi a.k.a. Magic Man (Turkey, 1976)
15. The Attack (Lebanon/Qatar/Egypt, 2012)
16. The Golem (Israel, 2018)
17. Kilink uçan adama karsi a.k.a. Kilink vs the Flying Man (Turkey, 1967)
18. The Holy Land (Israel, 2001)
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Armoreska wrote: April 19th, 2021, 10:27 am
Mario Gaborović wrote: April 19th, 2021, 9:36 am 19. Hababam Sinifi (1975) - Turkey
20. Hababam Sinifi Sinifta Kaldi (1976) - Turkey
21. Hababam Sinifi Uyaniyor (1976) - Turkey
22. Hababam Sinifi Tatilde (1977) - Turkey
How'd you get burned? How'd you get burned?.. Why'd you get burned?
I don't understand what kind of school is that - it's not a high school, since the Cow says he's 27 years old. Then again it couldn't be faculty either, as they learn basic things from geography such as name of the local mountain. Then again, they skip away classes and smoke secretly as if they're in elementary. Ok whatever... Up to that point you're only sure it could be some sort of males only school - but in the third part they all of a sudden accept girls. But wait! - only four of them.

I'm confused. :lol:
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10. Esther (1986) * 95 min. Israel

A fairly simple telling of the Book of Esther but with a modern interpretation. The first movie that I've seen from Amos Gitai, looking forward to seeing more, but probably not this month.
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1. Warda (2014) * 73 min.  Egypt
2. Grandmother's Farm (2013) * 71 min. United Arab Emirates
3-6. Paranormal: The Myth of the House (2020) * 51 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Curse of the Pharaoh (2020) * 46 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Guardian of The Cave (2020) * 55 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Naiad (2020) * 48 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Incubus (2020) * 45 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the House: The Return (2020) * 53 min. Egypt
7. Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Work Kebab (2021) * 24 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Farewell Bonaparte (2021) * 24 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: The Nono Ripens (2021) * 21 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Gucci Double Semelle (2021) * 22 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Hexadactyly (2021) * 17 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Fangs without a Serpent (2021) * 19 min.  Egypt
8. Rouh's Beauty (2014) * 98 min.  Egypt
9. The Walls of the Moon (2015) * 98 min.  Egypt
* First time viewing.
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Just updated the OP. Here's an updated pie chart with Turkey just edging Israel out of the biggest share of the pie.

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11. Stray Bullet (2010) * 75 min. Lebanon

The Lebanese Civil War adds tension to an already uneasy situation in a Christian family in the Beirut suburbs in August 1976. The movie is a little confusing, quickly thrusting the viewer into longstanding relationships with a complex history, but Nadine Labaki gives a strong performance.
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1. Warda (2014) * 73 min.  Egypt
2. Grandmother's Farm (2013) * 71 min. United Arab Emirates
3-6. Paranormal: The Myth of the House (2020) * 51 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Curse of the Pharaoh (2020) * 46 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Guardian of The Cave (2020) * 55 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Naiad (2020) * 48 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Incubus (2020) * 45 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the House: The Return (2020) * 53 min. Egypt
7. Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Work Kebab (2021) * 24 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Farewell Bonaparte (2021) * 24 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: The Nono Ripens (2021) * 21 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Gucci Double Semelle (2021) * 22 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Hexadactyly (2021) * 17 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Fangs without a Serpent (2021) * 19 min.  Egypt
8. Rouh's Beauty (2014) * 98 min.  Egypt
9. The Walls of the Moon (2015) * 98 min.  Egypt
10. Esther (1986) * 95 min.  Israel
* First time viewing.
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5. For Sama (2019) Syria
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(Screenshots from 'Amentü Gemisi Nasıl Yürüdü' & 'Al-Jabal'),

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21. (6 min carried over), Amentü Gemisi Nasıl Yürüdü (How Sailed the Boat of Creed, Tonguç Yasar, 1969) 7.5/10 (3 min) (Turkey), Sansür (Censored, Tan Oral, 1970) 7/10 (7 min) (Turkey), The Sleep of Reason: This Blood Spilled in My Veins (Jalal Toufic, 2002) 7/10 (32 min) (Lebanon), Maharem... Maharem (The Tissues Vendor, Mohamed Malas, 2009) 7.5/10 (32 min) (Qatar) (Total: 80 min)
22. A Ay (Oh, Moon!, Reha Erdem, 1988) 8/10 (Turkey)
23. Atfal al-Nar/Children of Fire (Mai Masri, 1991) 8/10 (Lebanon)
24. Al-Jabal (The Mountain, Ghassan Salhab, 2010) 8/10 (Lebanon)

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1. Nagu'a (Drifting, Amos Guttman, 1982) 8.5/10 (Israel)
2. Leila wa al ziap (Leila and the Wolves, Heiny Srour, 1984) 9/10 (Lebanon)
3. Ha'Meshotet (The Wanderer, Avishai Sivan, 2010) 7/10 (Israel)
4. Martyr (Mazen Khaled, 2017) 7.5/10 (Lebanon)
5-6. El-Fallâh el-fasîh (The Eloquent Peasant, Chadi Abdel Salam, 1970) 9.5/10 (21 min) (Egypt) (RV), Afâq (Horizons, Chadi Abdel Salam, 1972) 8/10 (39 min) (Egypt), Gîyoush el shams (Armies of the Sun, Chadi Abdel Salam, 1974) 9/10 (39 min) (Egypt), Tahtaci Fatma (Fatma of the Forest, Suha Arin, 1979) 8.5/10 (28 min) (Turkey), Gulyabani (Gürcan Keltek, 2018) 8.5/10 (34 min) (Turkey) (Total: 161 min)
7. Sisler Kovulunca (When the Fog Is Swept Away, Suha Arin, 1986) 8/10 (Turkey)
8. Dyo ilioi ston ourano (Two Suns in the Sky, Yiorgos Stamboulopoulos, 1991) 8/10 (Cyprus)
9. Djinn (Tobe Hooper, 2013) 7.5/10 (United Arab Emirates)
10. The Prophet (Roger Allers, Gaëtan Brizzi & Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and Michal Socha, 2014) 7.5/10 (Lebanon/Qatar)
11. It Must Be Heaven (Elia Suleiman 2019) 9/10 (Palestine/Qatar/Turkey)
12. Sublet (Eytan Fox, 2020) 7/10 (Israel)
13. Ila Ayn (Where To?, Georges Nasser, 1957) 8/10 (Lebanon)
14. Demir Yumruk: Devler geliyor (Iron Fist: The Giants Are Coming, Tunç Basaran, 1970) 7/10 (Turkey)
15. Turist Ömer Uzay Yolu'nda (Turkish Star Trek, Hulki Saner, 1973) 5/10 (Turkey)
16. Al-takadom ila al-omk (To Move Into Depth, Attiyat Al-Abnudi, 1979) 7.5/10 (Egypt)
17. Aleppo... Maqamat of Pleasure and Delight (Mohamed Malas, 1997) 8.5/10 (United Arab Emirates)
18. Remake, Remix, Rip-Off: About Copy Culture & Turkish Pop Cinema (Cem Kaya, 2014) 8/10 (Turkey)
19-20. Mafish Fayda (Nothing To Do, David Frenkel, 1936) 7/10 (9 min) (Egypt), Aydina/Our Hands (Abdellatif Abdelhamid, 1982) 8/10 (9 min) (Syria), Ça sera beau (From Beyrouth with Love) (Waël Noureddine, 2005) 9/10 (30 min) (Lebanon), Himnon (Anthem, Elad Keidan, 2008) 8/10 (38 min) (Israel), Bread of Life (Adel Abidin, 2009) 7/10 (7 min) (Iraq), Altneuland (Old New Land, Sariel Keslasi, 2012) 6/10 (7 min) (Israel), Waves '98 (Ely Dagher, 2015) 7/10 (15 min) (Lebanon/Qatar), Golden Shot (Gökalp Gönen, 2015) 7.5/10 (9 min) (Turkey), Avarya (Gökalp Gönen, 2019) 8/10 (20 min) (Turkey), The Flying Fish (Murat Sayginer, 2019) 9.5/10 (21 min) (Turkey) (Total: 165 min)
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Middle Eastern Promises
1. The Farewell Party (2014) Israel
2. Zero Motivation (2014) Israel
3. Can't Complain (2007) Egypt
4. Savage Raghda (2018) Egypt
5. 1000 Mabrouk (2009) Egypt
6. Very Big Shot (2015) Lebanon
7. Kalek Shanab (2019) UAE
8. Hey There! (2021) Turkey
9. In Paradox (2019) Kuwait
10. Zaki Chan (2005) Egypt
11. Attila 74 (1975) Cyprus
12. Wadjda (2012) Saudi Arabia
13. Baskın (2015) Turkey
14. Seytan (1974) Turkey
15. Suicide (2014) Israel
16. Foxtrot (2017) Israel
17. Homoti (1987) Turkey
18. Silveraven (2012) Bahrain
19. Jeruzalem (2015) Israel
20. Alexandria...Why? (1979) Egypt
21. Life's Speed Bump (2006) Egypt
22. The Reconstruction (1994) Israel
23. Damascus with Love (2010) Syria
24. Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1954) Israel
25. 45-25 #PerfectMurder (2019) Turkey
26. A New Day in Old Sana'a (2005) Yemen
27. Lovesick on Nana Street (1995) Israel
28. Monopoly (The Bank Of Luck) (2017) Egypt
29. Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996) Palestine
30. She Made Me a Criminal (2006) Egypt
31. Finita La Commedia (2019) Israel
32. Tarek's Situation (2006) Egypt
33. Sorry to Disturb (2008) Egypt

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Ahmed Helmy's highest rated comedy, this is far less goofy than the comedies he made his name with. Addressing mental health issues, Helmy plays an unemployed engineer here with super-low confidence and early on it is uncertain whether everyone is just off-the-cuff insulting him or whether he is just imagining it. The serious tone is a mixed blessing though since goofiness is Helmy's forte. As a sad sack moping about, he gets a bit repetitive to watch.
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What's falafel go to do with it?
OldAle1 wrote: April 18th, 2021, 1:36 pm 1. El Naser Salah el Dine / Saladin (Youssef Chahine, 1963) EGYPT
2. Gemide / On Board (Serdar Akar, 1998) TURKEY
3. West Beyrouth (À l'abri les enfants) / West Beirut (Ziad Doueiri, 1998) LEBANON/France/Norway/Belgium
4. Lebanon (Samuel Maoz, 2009) ISRAEL
5. Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz, 2017) ISRAEL

There are plenty of commonalities between Samuel Maoz' two features, though it was clear after watching the first that he had to go in a different direction - you don't make two films set entirely in a tiny, claustrophobic space in a row, do you? Both films feature lots of water - you could say there's almost a Tarkovskian focus on brackish, dirty, mostly still water, and plenty of rain as well in Foxtrot. Guy loves his water. And while Foxtrot has a bit wider range of locations and is partially set out-of-doors, it still has a feeling of the closed-in - in terms of narrative and human feelings - and a greater interest in interior space. Both are films that seem fairly critical of Israel's role in the world and it's relations with it's neighbors, and both question or deny the existence of God. In short, these aren't exactly fun, popular works by an entertainer.

Lebanon is a film about a tank going into the titular country during the 1982 war; the tank is accompanied by various ground troops, but we never venture outside the dark, wet, unpleasant confines of the vehicle and it's four occupants - commander, driver, gunner and loader. The commander is maybe just a touch older - though all are quite young, under 25 I'd say - and maybe wants a career in the military, it's hard to tell in an hour and a half and the film is more-or-less real time or taking place over just a day or two maybe. Time has little meaning. The rest of the crew, in particular the gunner, aren't happy being here, and don't understand what they're doing or why. There's also the overall commander of the unit who pops in from time to time to tell them what to do and try to promote morale, I guess, in his arrogant and officious way. It's clearly a film meant to demonstrate just how ill-prepared these soldiers are for war, and how alienating and inhuman the whole experience is, and it accomplishes that, but beyond that, I dunno what to say; worth seeing but I'm not sure how enlightening in the end, and being inside the tank sure does limit the cinematic possibilities.

Foxtrot is a different kettle of fish though Israel's security and the threat of violence are present throughout for sure. It's three parts, with the first showing middle-aged architect Michael (Lior Ashkenazi) in his airy, huge apartment being told that his son's been killed in action. An air of sadness of course, as Michael and his wife Daphna (Sarah Adler, who looked way too young to have grown children to me) grieve, but then things turn to anger when he confronts the military over various issues like not being able to see the body. Part two shows the son, Jonathan, and his group of four men who guard a lonely road, often just watching camels walk through, playing videogames, and drinking. This has a bit of humor and lightness in it - the only real moments of "fun" in these two films - but is also filled with tension; who knows what kind of people are in any particular car that comes along? And the third part is an aftermath to both of these segments, with Michael and Daphna some unspecified time later, their relationship shattered, trying to collect themselves. It's hard to say much more without spoiling the central plot developments, which aren't twists or even necessarily big surprises but still I think are better discovered on one's own. I enjoyed this mordant slice of life throughout but it's really the last part that puts it all together and makes it stick. I would add that it's one of the better uses of the 2.35 frame for an indoor-set film I've seen lately. Maoz has a good eye and it's no surprise he started out on the visual and art direction side of filmmaking. Pretty terrific film all in all.

6. The Gatekeepers (Dror Moreh, 2012) ISRAEL

I can't think of much that probably hasn't already been said about this documentary consisting mostly of interviews of six of the former chiefs of Sin Bet, Israel's internal security service. It's an above-average talking heads doc - with some archival footage of Israeli leaders, the aftermaths of terrorist attacks, etc - that explores the problems the country has had both with it's external or, let's say, non-Jewish enemies - first the PLO, then Hamas for the most part - and internal, mostly right-wing agitators and militant settlers. While there is perhaps a bit of the I-was-only-doing-my-job syndrome at work, most of these guys seem fairly honest about their own intentions, their justifications for various actions which unfortunately often had unintended consequences, i.e. civilian casualties, and counter-attacks. And ultimately they place most of the blame for the continuing violence and lack of any permanent solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict directly on the heads of the Prime Ministers, all of whom except for the assassinated Rabin being seen as standing in the way of progress rather than working for it.

7. Sallah Shabati (Ephraim Kishon, 1964) ISRAEL

I haven't seen a film starring Topol in a long time - I finally got around to his most famous role in Fiddler on the Roof maybe 10 years ago; Flash Gordon and his Bond appearance are much further in the past. And I didn't look at his page or anything else before watching this, so I was kind of blown away that he was only 29 when he made this - just his third film - and that he's still alive at 85; I thought he was a man belonging to the distant past, and an elderly presence in the films I remembered him in. Nope, turns our that he just had a talent for playing old, or that's just the direction his career (the part I've seen) took him in. Here he's a middle-aged alcoholic father of 6 (or is it 7? even he doesn't know) kids aged - well, one is just about to be born - up to around 20 who has just emigrated to Israel and is starting life over on a kibbutz, for which like just about everything else he's ill-prepared. This is basically a series of sketches in which this good-for-nothing - but not quite a scoundrel - tries all kinds of mostly ridiculous and half-assed schemes to get out of the squalid refugee camp he and the family are living in, and into an ugly but modern apartment complex a short distance away. Typical is a scene where he tries to find a dog for which there's a reward, and then brings a completely different dog to the couple who have posted the reward and argues with them about it; but somehow, of course, we all know that he'll end up winning in the end, because blustering con-artists and big personalities tend to go much further than their talents or brains should allow (see: most of modern US politics and much of our pop culture). For me it got more fun as it went along, and Topol is just such a great presence and so utterly dominates every scene he's in that I wonder why he hasn't had a larger film career. Oh, because he's done nothing much but play Tevye for 50 years, that's why. Good for folks who want to see Fiddler live I guess, too bad for movie audiences.
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10(11). Niwemang (Half Moon) 6/10 - Kurdistan, Iraq + Iran, Europe - Eve-Lang-El-Coup & Jim Jarmusch fav
11. For snoen faller (Before Snowfall) 7/10 - Kurdistan, Iraq + Europe
(13) Radio Kobani 8.5/10 - filmed in Kurdistan (Syrian) but filmed by European so apparently that dont count - rare scary footage including excavation of corpses and gun battle
12. Ana Nojoom bent alasherah wamotalagah (I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced) 6.5/10 - Yemen - 1st wave feminism for muslims? score about 2 pts higher than enjoyment for being from Yemen and Fem

damn, Mario's Omani short is about beekeeping. that's a hard pass.

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Armoreska wrote: April 22nd, 2021, 2:39 pm damn, Mario's Omani short is about beekeeping. that's a hard pass.
You still didn't tell me what kind of school Hababam go to. I'm puzzled.
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Mario Gaborović wrote: April 22nd, 2021, 2:51 pm
Armoreska wrote: April 22nd, 2021, 2:39 pm damn, Mario's Omani short is about beekeeping. that's a hard pass.
You still didn't tell me what kind of school Hababam go to. I'm puzzled.
How would I know?
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Armoreska wrote: April 22nd, 2021, 3:55 pm
Mario Gaborović wrote: April 22nd, 2021, 2:51 pm
Armoreska wrote: April 22nd, 2021, 2:39 pm damn, Mario's Omani short is about beekeeping. that's a hard pass.
You still didn't tell me what kind of school Hababam go to. I'm puzzled.
How would I know?
I thought some ideas might arise. Considering how big Hababam is on this forum. :P
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Aren't you aware we have a special thread for that:
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19. Kid Vengeance (Israel, 1977)

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20. Kadin düsmani a.k.a. The Woman Despiser (Turkey, 1967)

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21. Gemide a.k.a. On Board (Turkey, 1988)


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22. Eshtebak a.k.a. Clash (Egypt, 2016)
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1. Homoti (Turkey, 1987)
2. Who Breaks... Pays (Turkey, 1975)
3. Anayurt Oteli a.k.a. Motherland Hotel (Turkey, 1987)
4. Umut (Turkey, 1970)
5. Zaytoun (Israel, 2012)
6. Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (UAE, 2015)
7. The Insult (Cyprus/Lebanon, 2017)
8. Kiliç Aslan a.k.a. The Sword and the Claw (Turkey, 1975)
9. The Congress (Israel, 2013)
10. Kilink Istanbul'da a.k.a. Killing in Istanbul (Turkey, 1967)
11. Big Bad Wolves (Israel, 2013)
12. Seytanin kölesi (Turkey, 1980)
13. Remake, Remix, Rip-Off: About Copy Culture & Turkish Pop Cinema (Turkey, 2014)
14. Kara Murat seyh gaffar'a karsi a.k.a. Magic Man (Turkey, 1976)
15. The Attack (Lebanon/Qatar/Egypt, 2012)
16. The Golem (Israel, 2018)
17. Kilink uçan adama karsi a.k.a. Kilink vs the Flying Man (Turkey, 1967)
18. The Holy Land (Israel, 2001)
19. Kid Vengeance (Israel, 1977)
20. Kadin düsmani a.k.a. The Woman Despiser (Turkey, 1967)
21. Gemide a.k.a. On Board (Turkey, 1988)
22. Eshtebak a.k.a. Clash (Egypt, 2016)
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19. Kid Vengeance (Israel, 1977)

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20. Kadin düsmani a.k.a. The Woman Despiser (Turkey, 1967)

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21. Gemide a.k.a. On Board (Turkey, 1988)


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22. Eshtebak a.k.a. Clash (Egypt, 2016)
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1. Homoti (Turkey, 1987)
2. Who Breaks... Pays (Turkey, 1975)
3. Anayurt Oteli a.k.a. Motherland Hotel (Turkey, 1987)
4. Umut (Turkey, 1970)
5. Zaytoun (Israel, 2012)
6. Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (UAE, 2015)
7. The Insult (Cyprus/Lebanon, 2017)
8. Kiliç Aslan a.k.a. The Sword and the Claw (Turkey, 1975)
9. The Congress (Israel, 2013)
10. Kilink Istanbul'da a.k.a. Killing in Istanbul (Turkey, 1967)
11. Big Bad Wolves (Israel, 2013)
12. Seytanin kölesi (Turkey, 1980)
13. Remake, Remix, Rip-Off: About Copy Culture & Turkish Pop Cinema (Turkey, 2014)
14. Kara Murat seyh gaffar'a karsi a.k.a. Magic Man (Turkey, 1976)
15. The Attack (Lebanon/Qatar/Egypt, 2012)
16. The Golem (Israel, 2018)
17. Kilink uçan adama karsi a.k.a. Kilink vs the Flying Man (Turkey, 1967)
18. The Holy Land (Israel, 2001)
19. Kid Vengeance (Israel, 1977)
20. Kadin düsmani a.k.a. The Woman Despiser (Turkey, 1967)
21. Gemide a.k.a. On Board (Turkey, 1988)
22. Eshtebak a.k.a. Clash (Egypt, 2016)
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OP updated. Updated pie chart still has the Israelis and the Turks battling it out for most films viewed.

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Middle Eastern Promises
1. The Farewell Party (2014) Israel
2. Zero Motivation (2014) Israel
3. Can't Complain (2007) Egypt
4. Savage Raghda (2018) Egypt
5. 1000 Mabrouk (2009) Egypt
6. Very Big Shot (2015) Lebanon
7. Kalek Shanab (2019) UAE
8. Hey There! (2021) Turkey
9. In Paradox (2019) Kuwait
10. Zaki Chan (2005) Egypt
11. Attila 74 (1975) Cyprus
12. Wadjda (2012) Saudi Arabia
13. Baskın (2015) Turkey
14. Seytan (1974) Turkey
15. Suicide (2014) Israel
16. Foxtrot (2017) Israel
17. Homoti (1987) Turkey
18. Silveraven (2012) Bahrain
19. Jeruzalem (2015) Israel
20. Alexandria...Why? (1979) Egypt
21. Life's Speed Bump (2006) Egypt
22. The Reconstruction (1994) Israel
23. Damascus with Love (2010) Syria
24. Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1954) Israel
25. 45-25 #PerfectMurder (2019) Turkey
26. A New Day in Old Sana'a (2005) Yemen
27. Lovesick on Nana Street (1995) Israel
28. Monopoly (The Bank Of Luck) (2017) Egypt
29. Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996) Palestine
30. She Made Me a Criminal (2006) Egypt
31. Finita La Commedia (2019) Israel
32. Tarek's Situation (2006) Egypt
33. Sorry to Disturb. (2008) Egypt
34. The Student Cop (2004) Egypt

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It sounds a lot like 21 Jump Street or Hong Kong's Fight Back to School as a young police officer is sent undercover here to a college to infiltrate campus drug dealers. The university setting though is less dynamic than the high school setting; there are no bullies, or homework or difficult teachers, with much of the film spent on him just bonding with and romancing the college drug users. The actor who plays his easily irate superior officer is pretty good though.
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3-6. Valley of Tears (2020) episodes 2-10 (8 x 45 mins) Israel - 8/10

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1. Ha-Mangalistim/The Barbecue People (Yossi Madmoni & David Ofek, 2003) Israel - 7/10
2. Capharnaüm (Nadine Labaki, 2018) Lebanon - 8/10
3-6. Valley of Tears (2020) episodes 2-10 (8 x 45 mins) Israel - 8/10
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1. Lebanon (2009) Israel

That was intense!
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12. Where Do We Go Now? (2011) * 102 min. Lebanon

The peace of a mixed Christian/Muslim village is threatened by news of fighting in the region, so its women, with the help of its imam and priest, try to defuse the tension by distracting the men from their conflict, using means that include hashish brownies and a group of Ukrainian exotic dancers. A humorous plea for peace.
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1. Warda (2014) * 73 min.  Egypt
2. Grandmother's Farm (2013) * 71 min. United Arab Emirates
3-6. Paranormal: The Myth of the House (2020) * 51 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Curse of the Pharaoh (2020) * 46 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Guardian of The Cave (2020) * 55 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Naiad (2020) * 48 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Incubus (2020) * 45 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the House: The Return (2020) * 53 min. Egypt
7. Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Work Kebab (2021) * 24 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Farewell Bonaparte (2021) * 24 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: The Nono Ripens (2021) * 21 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Gucci Double Semelle (2021) * 22 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Hexadactyly (2021) * 17 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Fangs without a Serpent (2021) * 19 min.  Egypt
8. Rouh's Beauty (2014) * 98 min.  Egypt
9. The Walls of the Moon (2015) * 98 min.  Egypt
10. Esther (1986) * 95 min.  Israel
11. Stray Bullet (2010) * 75 min.  Lebanon
* First time viewing.
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Middle Eastern Promises
1. The Farewell Party (2014) Israel
2. Zero Motivation (2014) Israel
3. Can't Complain (2007) Egypt
4. Savage Raghda (2018) Egypt
5. 1000 Mabrouk (2009) Egypt
6. Very Big Shot (2015) Lebanon
7. Kalek Shanab (2019) UAE
8. Hey There! (2021) Turkey
9. In Paradox (2019) Kuwait
10. Zaki Chan (2005) Egypt
11. Attila 74 (1975) Cyprus
12. Wadjda (2012) Saudi Arabia
13. Baskın (2015) Turkey
14. Seytan (1974) Turkey
15. Suicide (2014) Israel
16. Foxtrot (2017) Israel
17. Homoti (1987) Turkey
18. Silveraven (2012) Bahrain
19. Jeruzalem (2015) Israel
20. Alexandria...Why? (1979) Egypt
21. Life's Speed Bump (2006) Egypt
22. The Reconstruction (1994) Israel
23. Damascus with Love (2010) Syria
24. Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1954) Israel
25. 45-25 #PerfectMurder (2019) Turkey
26. A New Day in Old Sana'a (2005) Yemen
27. Lovesick on Nana Street (1995) Israel
28. Monopoly (The Bank Of Luck) (2017) Egypt
29. Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996) Palestine
30. She Made Me a Criminal (2006) Egypt
31. Finita La Commedia (2019) Israel
32. Tarek's Situation (2006) Egypt
33. Sorry to Disturb. (2008) Egypt
34. The Student Cop (2004) Egypt
35. Rage and Glory (1984) Israel

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Some have been critical of the politics here and the depiction of the British as bumbling fools, but this is a technically well-accomplished film with several gripping sequences. Most notable is an early torture/interrogation scene, with a suspect stripped naked, and a graphic depiction of a convicted terrorist preparing to be hung from a noose. There are some intense action sequences too. The film is less successful in the character / acting departments though.
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Middle Eastern Promises
1. The Farewell Party (2014) Israel
2. Zero Motivation (2014) Israel
3. Can't Complain (2007) Egypt
4. Savage Raghda (2018) Egypt
5. 1000 Mabrouk (2009) Egypt
6. Very Big Shot (2015) Lebanon
7. Kalek Shanab (2019) UAE
8. Hey There! (2021) Turkey
9. In Paradox (2019) Kuwait
10. Zaki Chan (2005) Egypt
11. Attila 74 (1975) Cyprus
12. Wadjda (2012) Saudi Arabia
13. Baskın (2015) Turkey
14. Seytan (1974) Turkey
15. Suicide (2014) Israel
16. Foxtrot (2017) Israel
17. Homoti (1987) Turkey
18. Silveraven (2012) Bahrain
19. Jeruzalem (2015) Israel
20. Alexandria...Why? (1979) Egypt
21. Life's Speed Bump (2006) Egypt
22. The Reconstruction (1994) Israel
23. Damascus with Love (2010) Syria
24. Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1954) Israel
25. 45-25 #PerfectMurder (2019) Turkey
26. A New Day in Old Sana'a (2005) Yemen
27. Lovesick on Nana Street (1995) Israel
28. Monopoly (The Bank Of Luck) (2017) Egypt
29. Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996) Palestine
30. She Made Me a Criminal (2006) Egypt
31. Finita La Commedia (2019) Israel
32. Tarek's Situation (2006) Egypt
33. Sorry to Disturb. (2008) Egypt
34. The Student Cop (2004) Egypt
35. Rage and Glory (1984) Israel
36. Stunt School (2019) Turkey

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This has an intriguing premise and plays out like a cross between Holy Motors and the Yorgos Lanthimos film Alps as the protagonist is recruited act in real life to play everything from an obnoxious school secretary to (deter a parent) to a recently deceased lady whose friends are unaware of her death (under heavy makeup; see above). A lifeless romance and overload of fat/ugly jokes do not help matters though, and this is ultimately more strange than funny.
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13. Capernaum (2018) * 123 min. Lebanon

My best first time viewing of the month so far. A harrowing look at how the system facilitates the exploitation of the poor and immigrants in a way that permits the people at the top to feel that their hands are clean. A lesson that is not simply applicable to Lebanon.
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1. Warda (2014) * 73 min.  Egypt
2. Grandmother's Farm (2013) * 71 min. United Arab Emirates
3-6. Paranormal: The Myth of the House (2020) * 51 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Curse of the Pharaoh (2020) * 46 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Guardian of The Cave (2020) * 55 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Naiad (2020) * 48 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Incubus (2020) * 45 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the House: The Return (2020) * 53 min. Egypt
7. Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Work Kebab (2021) * 24 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Farewell Bonaparte (2021) * 24 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: The Nono Ripens (2021) * 21 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Gucci Double Semelle (2021) * 22 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Hexadactyly (2021) * 17 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Fangs without a Serpent (2021) * 19 min.  Egypt
8. Rouh's Beauty (2014) * 98 min.  Egypt
9. The Walls of the Moon (2015) * 98 min.  Egypt
10. Esther (1986) * 95 min.  Israel
11. Stray Bullet (2010) * 75 min.  Lebanon
12. Where Do We Go Now? (2011) * 102 min.  Lebanon
* First time viewing.
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^^Capharnaum is highly regarded in antinatalist circles. I got someone to watch it a few days ago.

13. Waves '98 7/10 15min - Lebanon, Qatar - im at like 95 minutes now, that should be enough for a point and maybe I'll watch all the other shorts I've downloaded, although I'd rather not figure out which of them count

you can just count them as ISRAEL as that's where my favorite of the bunch was from. there was also Rojava, Syria, Palestine, Oman.

14. Ghadi 5.5/10 - Lebanon - ooh a dramedy. even this one had a line asking if birth is OK (in this instance)
15. Captain Abu Raed 6/10 - Urdun - 3eyes fav - what a coincidence, airport is the first thing i expect to see in Urdun. way overlong!
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8. Cairo Station (1958) Egypt
For the most part, this lives up to the hype. Excellent cinematography and strong acting all-around in a thriller that draws from both neorealism and noir.
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Middle Eastern Promises
1. The Farewell Party (2014) Israel
2. Zero Motivation (2014) Israel
3. Can't Complain (2007) Egypt
4. Savage Raghda (2018) Egypt
5. 1000 Mabrouk (2009) Egypt
6. Very Big Shot (2015) Lebanon
7. Kalek Shanab (2019) UAE
8. Hey There! (2021) Turkey
9. In Paradox (2019) Kuwait
10. Zaki Chan (2005) Egypt
11. Attila 74 (1975) Cyprus
12. Wadjda (2012) Saudi Arabia
13. Baskın (2015) Turkey
14. Seytan (1974) Turkey
15. Suicide (2014) Israel
16. Foxtrot (2017) Israel
17. Homoti (1987) Turkey
18. Silveraven (2012) Bahrain
19. Jeruzalem (2015) Israel
20. Alexandria...Why? (1979) Egypt
21. Life's Speed Bump (2006) Egypt
22. The Reconstruction (1994) Israel
23. Damascus with Love (2010) Syria
24. Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1954) Israel
25. 45-25 #PerfectMurder (2019) Turkey
26. A New Day in Old Sana'a (2005) Yemen
27. Lovesick on Nana Street (1995) Israel
28. Monopoly (The Bank Of Luck) (2017) Egypt
29. Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996) Palestine
30. She Made Me a Criminal (2006) Egypt
31. Finita La Commedia (2019) Israel
32. Tarek's Situation (2006) Egypt
33. Sorry to Disturb. (2008) Egypt
34. The Student Cop (2004) Egypt
35. Rage and Glory (1984) Israel
36. Stunt School (2019) Turkey
37. Bittersweet (2010) Egypt

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This is frequently considered to be one of Helmy's best comedies and it is easy to see why; it is less goofy than Helmy norm while addressing personal identity issues and the differences with which foreigners and locals are treated. There are also some excellent moments as Helmy gets caught up in bureaucratic red tape. The film is very long though and starts becomes repetitive towards the end with so much attention given to Helmy's disillusionment.
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23. Gizli Yüz a.k.a. The Secret Face (Turkey, 1991)

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24. Sallah Shabati (Israel, 1964)
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1. Homoti (Turkey, 1987)
2. Who Breaks... Pays (Turkey, 1975)
3. Anayurt Oteli a.k.a. Motherland Hotel (Turkey, 1987)
4. Umut (Turkey, 1970)
5. Zaytoun (Israel, 2012)
6. Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (UAE, 2015)
7. The Insult (Cyprus/Lebanon, 2017)
8. Kiliç Aslan a.k.a. The Sword and the Claw (Turkey, 1975)
9. The Congress (Israel, 2013)
10. Kilink Istanbul'da a.k.a. Killing in Istanbul (Turkey, 1967)
11. Big Bad Wolves (Israel, 2013)
12. Seytanin kölesi (Turkey, 1980)
13. Remake, Remix, Rip-Off: About Copy Culture & Turkish Pop Cinema (Turkey, 2014)
14. Kara Murat seyh gaffar'a karsi a.k.a. Magic Man (Turkey, 1976)
15. The Attack (Lebanon/Qatar/Egypt, 2012)
16. The Golem (Israel, 2018)
17. Kilink uçan adama karsi a.k.a. Kilink vs the Flying Man (Turkey, 1967)
18. The Holy Land (Israel, 2001)
19. Kid Vengeance (Israel, 1977)
20. Kadin düsmani a.k.a. The Woman Despiser (Turkey, 1967)
21. Gemide a.k.a. On Board (Turkey, 1988)
22. Eshtebak a.k.a. Clash (Egypt, 2016)
23. Gizli Yüz a.k.a. The Secret Face (Turkey, 1991)
24. Sallah Shabati (Israel, 1964)
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11-18. Fauda season 2 (Netflix, 2017) 9/10 ... Israel ... 59 minutes carried over
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OP updated. Updated pie chart with Israel starting to take a more dominant lead over Turkey:

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6. Last Men in Aleppo (2017) Syria
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14. The Insult (2017) * 113 min. Lebanon

A movie about a lawsuit concerning an insult doesn't seem likely to be compelling, but the four lead actors (plaintiff, defendant and their lawyers) all give strong performances, and all of the characters become human in their unreasonableness and empathy.
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1. Warda (2014) * 73 min.  Egypt
2. Grandmother's Farm (2013) * 71 min. United Arab Emirates
3-6. Paranormal: The Myth of the House (2020) * 51 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Curse of the Pharaoh (2020) * 46 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Guardian of The Cave (2020) * 55 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Naiad (2020) * 48 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Incubus (2020) * 45 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the House: The Return (2020) * 53 min. Egypt
7. Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Work Kebab (2021) * 24 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Farewell Bonaparte (2021) * 24 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: The Nono Ripens (2021) * 21 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Gucci Double Semelle (2021) * 22 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Hexadactyly (2021) * 17 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Fangs without a Serpent (2021) * 19 min.  Egypt
8. Rouh's Beauty (2014) * 98 min.  Egypt
9. The Walls of the Moon (2015) * 98 min.  Egypt
10. Esther (1986) * 95 min.  Israel
11. Stray Bullet (2010) * 75 min.  Lebanon
12. Where Do We Go Now? (2011) * 102 min.  Lebanon
13. Capernaum (2018) * 123 min.  Lebanon
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16. Gitmek: Benim Marlon ve Brandom 6.5/10 - Kurdistan, Turkey - destroying the borders one strange road movie at a time
17. Bas ya Bahar (Cruel Sea) 5/10 - Kuwait - wow 2 region lists + DTC - patchy translation. oyster exploitation. cruel sea indeed. I guess i had a different response to the ending.
18. The Prophet 6.5/10 - Qatar, Lebanon + worldwide contribs
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19. Theeb (Naji Abu Nowar, 2014) 7/10 ... Jordan
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Middle Eastern Promises
1. The Farewell Party (2014) Israel
2. Zero Motivation (2014) Israel
3. Can't Complain (2007) Egypt
4. Savage Raghda (2018) Egypt
5. 1000 Mabrouk (2009) Egypt
6. Very Big Shot (2015) Lebanon
7. Kalek Shanab (2019) UAE
8. Hey There! (2021) Turkey
9. In Paradox (2019) Kuwait
10. Zaki Chan (2005) Egypt
11. Attila 74 (1975) Cyprus
12. Wadjda (2012) Saudi Arabia
13. Baskın (2015) Turkey
14. Seytan (1974) Turkey
15. Suicide (2014) Israel
16. Foxtrot (2017) Israel
17. Homoti (1987) Turkey
18. Silveraven (2012) Bahrain
19. Jeruzalem (2015) Israel
20. Alexandria...Why? (1979) Egypt
21. Life's Speed Bump (2006) Egypt
22. The Reconstruction (1994) Israel
23. Damascus with Love (2010) Syria
24. Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1954) Israel
25. 45-25 #PerfectMurder (2019) Turkey
26. A New Day in Old Sana'a (2005) Yemen
27. Lovesick on Nana Street (1995) Israel
28. Monopoly (The Bank Of Luck) (2017) Egypt
29. Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996) Palestine
30. She Made Me a Criminal (2006) Egypt
31. Finita La Commedia (2019) Israel
32. Tarek's Situation (2006) Egypt
33. Sorry to Disturb. (2008) Egypt
34. The Student Cop (2004) Egypt
35. Rage and Glory (1984) Israel
36. Stunt School (2019) Turkey
37. Bittersweet (2010) Egypt
38. The Suit (2018) Egypt

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Mistaken for actual cops when they inadvertently stop a robbery while on the way to a fancy dress party, two bumbling young men decide to keep up the pretense in this goofy comedy. Much of the trouble that they gets themselves into feels quite routine but the chemistry between the lead actors is undeniable. Less engaging is a romantic interest that takes up far too much screen time, but she admittedly has a fun knack for puppetry.
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(Screenshot from 'Ana Arabia'),

25. Aya (Mihal Brezis & Oded Binnun, 2012) 7.5/10 (Israel)
26. Ana Arabia (Amos Gitai, 2013) 8/10 (Israel)

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1. Nagu'a (Drifting, Amos Guttman, 1982) 8.5/10 (Israel)
2. Leila wa al ziap (Leila and the Wolves, Heiny Srour, 1984) 9/10 (Lebanon)
3. Ha'Meshotet (The Wanderer, Avishai Sivan, 2010) 7/10 (Israel)
4. Martyr (Mazen Khaled, 2017) 7.5/10 (Lebanon)
5-6. El-Fallâh el-fasîh (The Eloquent Peasant, Chadi Abdel Salam, 1970) 9.5/10 (21 min) (Egypt) (RV), Afâq (Horizons, Chadi Abdel Salam, 1972) 8/10 (39 min) (Egypt), Gîyoush el shams (Armies of the Sun, Chadi Abdel Salam, 1974) 9/10 (39 min) (Egypt), Tahtaci Fatma (Fatma of the Forest, Suha Arin, 1979) 8.5/10 (28 min) (Turkey), Gulyabani (Gürcan Keltek, 2018) 8.5/10 (34 min) (Turkey) (Total: 161 min)
7. Sisler Kovulunca (When the Fog Is Swept Away, Suha Arin, 1986) 8/10 (Turkey)
8. Dyo ilioi ston ourano (Two Suns in the Sky, Yiorgos Stamboulopoulos, 1991) 8/10 (Cyprus)
9. Djinn (Tobe Hooper, 2013) 7.5/10 (United Arab Emirates)
10. The Prophet (Roger Allers, Gaëtan Brizzi & Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and Michal Socha, 2014) 7.5/10 (Lebanon/Qatar)
11. It Must Be Heaven (Elia Suleiman 2019) 9/10 (Palestine/Qatar/Turkey)
12. Sublet (Eytan Fox, 2020) 7/10 (Israel)
13. Ila Ayn (Where To?, Georges Nasser, 1957) 8/10 (Lebanon)
14. Demir Yumruk: Devler geliyor (Iron Fist: The Giants Are Coming, Tunç Basaran, 1970) 7/10 (Turkey)
15. Turist Ömer Uzay Yolu'nda (Turkish Star Trek, Hulki Saner, 1973) 5/10 (Turkey)
16. Al-takadom ila al-omk (To Move Into Depth, Attiyat Al-Abnudi, 1979) 7.5/10 (Egypt)
17. Aleppo... Maqamat of Pleasure and Delight (Mohamed Malas, 1997) 8.5/10 (United Arab Emirates)
18. Remake, Remix, Rip-Off: About Copy Culture & Turkish Pop Cinema (Cem Kaya, 2014) 8/10 (Turkey)
19-20. Mafish Fayda (Nothing To Do, David Frenkel, 1936) 7/10 (9 min) (Egypt), Aydina/Our Hands (Abdellatif Abdelhamid, 1982) 8/10 (9 min) (Syria), Ça sera beau (From Beyrouth with Love) (Waël Noureddine, 2005) 9/10 (30 min) (Lebanon), Himnon (Anthem, Elad Keidan, 2008) 8/10 (38 min) (Israel), Bread of Life (Adel Abidin, 2009) 7/10 (7 min) (Iraq), Altneuland (Old New Land, Sariel Keslasi, 2012) 6/10 (7 min) (Israel), Waves '98 (Ely Dagher, 2015) 7/10 (15 min) (Lebanon/Qatar), Golden Shot (Gökalp Gönen, 2015) 7.5/10 (9 min) (Turkey), Avarya (Gökalp Gönen, 2019) 8/10 (20 min) (Turkey), The Flying Fish (Murat Sayginer, 2019) 9.5/10 (21 min) (Turkey) (Total: 165 min)
21. (6 min carried over), Amentü Gemisi Nasıl Yürüdü (How Sailed the Boat of Creed, Tonguç Yasar, 1969) 7.5/10 (3 min) (Turkey), Sansür (Censored, Tan Oral, 1970) 7/10 (7 min) (Turkey), The Sleep of Reason: This Blood Spilled in My Veins (Jalal Toufic, 2002) 7/10 (32 min) (Lebanon), Maharem... Maharem (The Tissues Vendor, Mohamed Malas, 2009) 7.5/10 (32 min) (Qatar) (Total: 80 min)
22. A Ay (Oh, Moon!, Reha Erdem, 1988) 8/10 (Turkey)
23. Atfal al-Nar/Children of Fire (Mai Masri, 1991) 8/10 (Lebanon)
24. Al-Jabal (The Mountain, Ghassan Salhab, 2010) 8/10 (Lebanon)
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Middle Eastern Promises
1. The Farewell Party (2014) Israel
2. Zero Motivation (2014) Israel
3. Can't Complain (2007) Egypt
4. Savage Raghda (2018) Egypt
5. 1000 Mabrouk (2009) Egypt
6. Very Big Shot (2015) Lebanon
7. Kalek Shanab (2019) UAE
8. Hey There! (2021) Turkey
9. In Paradox (2019) Kuwait
10. Zaki Chan (2005) Egypt
11. Attila 74 (1975) Cyprus
12. Wadjda (2012) Saudi Arabia
13. Baskın (2015) Turkey
14. Seytan (1974) Turkey
15. Suicide (2014) Israel
16. Foxtrot (2017) Israel
17. Homoti (1987) Turkey
18. Silveraven (2012) Bahrain
19. Jeruzalem (2015) Israel
20. Alexandria...Why? (1979) Egypt
21. Life's Speed Bump (2006) Egypt
22. The Reconstruction (1994) Israel
23. Damascus with Love (2010) Syria
24. Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1954) Israel
25. 45-25 #PerfectMurder (2019) Turkey
26. A New Day in Old Sana'a (2005) Yemen
27. Lovesick on Nana Street (1995) Israel
28. Monopoly (The Bank Of Luck) (2017) Egypt
29. Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996) Palestine
30. She Made Me a Criminal (2006) Egypt
31. Finita La Commedia (2019) Israel
32. Tarek's Situation (2006) Egypt
33. Sorry to Disturb. (2008) Egypt
34. The Student Cop (2004) Egypt
35. Rage and Glory (1984) Israel
36. Stunt School (2019) Turkey
37. Bittersweet (2010) Egypt
38. The Suit (2018) Egypt
39. 122 (2019) Egypt

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Incorrectly assessed as dead, a crash victim wakes up in a morgue to discover that the attendants are in the illegal organ harvesting business in this thriller. The film also throws his wife into the mix with lots of tension broken up as the film cuts between the pair. His wife is also deaf and pregnant, though these aspects factor so little into the proceedings that it is weird that they are mentioned at all. This is simple cat-and-mouse stuff but quite okay while it lasts.
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15-19. Innocent: Episode #1.1 (2017) * 55 min.
Innocent: Episode #1.2 (2017) * 58 min.
Innocent: Episode #1.3 (2017) * 60 min.
Innocent: Episode #1.4 (2017) * 50 min.
Innocent: Episode #1.5 (2017) * 46 min.
Innocent: Episode #1.6 (2017) * 44 min.
Innocent: Episode #1.7 (2017) * 44 min.
Innocent: Final (2017) * 57 min. Turkey

Very good mystery with plenty of twists.
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1. Warda (2014) * 73 min.  Egypt
2. Grandmother's Farm (2013) * 71 min. United Arab Emirates
3-6. Paranormal: The Myth of the House (2020) * 51 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Curse of the Pharaoh (2020) * 46 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Guardian of The Cave (2020) * 55 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Naiad (2020) * 48 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the Incubus (2020) * 45 min.
Paranormal: The Myth of the House: The Return (2020) * 53 min. Egypt
7. Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Work Kebab (2021) * 24 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Farewell Bonaparte (2021) * 24 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: The Nono Ripens (2021) * 21 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Gucci Double Semelle (2021) * 22 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Hexadactyly (2021) * 17 min.
Abla Fahita: Drama Queen: Fangs without a Serpent (2021) * 19 min.  Egypt
8. Rouh's Beauty (2014) * 98 min.  Egypt
9. The Walls of the Moon (2015) * 98 min.  Egypt
10. Esther (1986) * 95 min.  Israel
11. Stray Bullet (2010) * 75 min.  Lebanon
12. Where Do We Go Now? (2011) * 102 min.  Lebanon
13. Capernaum (2018) * 123 min.  Lebanon
14. The Insult (2017) * 113 min.  Lebanon
* First time viewing.
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Finally getting around to watching something Middle Eastern:

1. The Visitor ("Za'er") (Al-Thawadi, 2004). Ambitious, yet without the required talent (or budget?) to pull it off, frankly. The cinematography is so-so, the direction is slightly less than that and the acting is a little too wooden all around. The story is not terrible, but it's so slow that by the end you just want it to be over. BAHRAIN.
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