Link to Map including Kurdistan: https://i.imgur.com/BVF2USl.png
Watch movies from Middle Eastern countries other than Iran. Discuss them. (Iran is excluded because there will be a separate Iran/Central Asia Challenge later this year.)
Eligible Countries more than 700 titles listed on IMDb:
- United Arab Emirates
Watch films from each of these countries for bonus challenge points!
Eligible Countries with less than 700 titles listed on IMDb:
- Saudi Arabia
I have provided a Letterboxd list for the UAE since the IMDb list is riddled with ineligible co-productions. The Letterboxd list is not an exhaustive guide and obviously you can include other films with the UAE as a production country on IMDb. Just not random Hollywood films like A Most Violent Year or Men in Black 3. In actual fact, most Middle Eastern countries have a very large number of co-productions, so double-checking eligibility may be useful.
I would ask you to think carefully about whether any co-productions really represent Middle Eastern cinema.
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one entry.
- Films must be watched one at a time and at single speed (not sped up).
- Rewatches are allowed and are good for the soul.
- Please include year of release when listing your viewings.
- Please indicate each film's country when listing your viewings otherwise your score will NOT be included in the leaderboard.
I reserve the right to exclude participants who intentionally number their viewings incorrectly. If you play the game, you're expected to play properly.
Final results will be posted between 2:30pm and 4:30pm GMT on May 2 - at which point it will have been May everywhere in the world for more than a whole day. While you are welcome to post updates beyond this point, any such updates will not be included in the final results. Your choice whether you miss the deadline or not; besides, if it's May on your side of the world, shouldn't you be starting on one of next month's challenges?
- Maariv's Best Israeli Films
- Hürriyet's The 100 Best Movies of Turkish Cinema
- DIFF's 100 Greatest Arab Films (films from eligible countries only)
- UNESCO Memory List (eligible country sections only)
- Asian Cinema: A Field Guide (eligible country sections only)
- iCM Forum's Favourite Films from the Middle East - excluding Irian productions
- Sol's Favourite Films from the Middle East - excluding Irian productions
- Kurdish Kurdistan - a list by Armoreska - excluding Iran productions
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Most Important 100 Egyptian films
- Turkish Submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Israeli Submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Lebanese Submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Jordanian Submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Palestinian Submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Cyprus Cinema - The most notable films by Cypriot directors
- Israeli Film: A Reference Guide
- UAE Films | افلام إماراتية
This Challenge has been run twice before in an Official Capacity:
- 2018 Challenge - hosted by sol and won by RogerTheMovieManiac88 with 51 points
- 2016 Challenge - hosted by 3eyes and won by 3eyes and Ataraxic with 20 points
Any Fun Stats? Maybe. Certainly not if this Challenges gets very busy, but I would at least like to be able to present a pie chart. This is an example of the sort of pie chart that I am looking at.
This thread will be updated at least once every 48 hours (more often if I am around and feel like it). Please list new films seen in a new post.
Bonus Challenge: Get something in every column below... except the last column. The only way to do this is by watching something from each of the six largest film-producing eligible countries, something from one of the other countries and remembering to list the country with every viewing.
Any points in the "undeclared" column will not count towards your final score. You must declare the country when listing your viewings.