Egyptian film – CLASH – out on dvd and Blu Ray

ClashCLASH (15) 2016 EGYPT DIAB, MOHAMED DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Set entirely in the back of a police van which is transferring demonstrators and journalists from different political and social backgrounds through the streets of Cairo while the city is in turmoil as the civil war unfolding around them. As they transverse the city the occupants of the van begin to clash as their political and religious beliefs become known.

In Arabic with English subtitles

Guardian review – https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/13/clash-review-egyptian-revolution

DVD available to buy from –

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Syrian set Arabic film – BORDER – issued on dvd

BorderBORDER (12) 2013 SYRIA/ITALY CREMONINI, ALESSIO IN ARABIC £9.99
Independent Arabic-language drama, which cast first-time Syrian born actors Sara El Debuch and Dana Keilani, as two devout Muslims sister living in Syria and  who are forced to flee to Turkey with the aid of a friend.

In Arabic with English subtitles

DVD available to buy from –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd

 

Israeli romantic comedy – THROUGH THE WALL – issued on dvd

through-the-wallTHROUGH THE WALL (U) 2016 ISRAEL BURSHTEIN, RAMA £15.99
Heartwarming romantic comedy about an orthodox Jew, Michal, as she desperately searches for a husband after her intended pulls out of marriage .

In Hewbrew  with English subtitles

DVD available to buy from – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd

Palestinian drama – IDOL – available on dvd

idolTHE IDOL (PG) 2015 PALESTINE ABU-ASSAD, HANY £19.99
Gaza refugee and musician Mohammed Assaf plans to take part in the 2013 edition of ‘Arab Idol’. This involves a dangerous crossing into Egypt for the first auditions of ‘Arab Idol’ in Cairo .

In Arabic with English subtitles

DVD available to buy from – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd

Recent middle Eastern dvd releases

Next to HerNEXT TO HER (15) 2014 ISRAEL KORMAN, ASAF IN HEBREW £15.99

27-year-old Rachel is the full-time carer for her younger sister Gabby, who has severe learning difficulties. However when Rachel finds romance, she has to find a way to break the co-dependence between the two sisters.

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RATTLE THE CAGERATTLE THE CAGE (18) 2015 UEA MAJID AL ANSARI £19.99
Thriller set in the United Arab Emirates. Recovering alcoholic Talal wakes up in a police cell after a night on the town. This seems at first to be an unlucky turn of fate, until psychopathic Dabaan enters the jail and kills the only police officer on duty.

 

Taxi TehranTAXI TEHRAN (12) 2015 IRAN PANAHI, JAFAR £15.99
After being banned by the Iranian government from making films and placed under house arrest, Panahi poses as a taxi driver and drives around the busy streets of Tehran picking up passengers and recording their conversations.

 

All dvds in their original language with English subtitles

DVD available to buy from – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd

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Iranian film – TAXI TEHRAN – available on dvd

Taxi TehranTAXI TEHRAN (12) 2015 IRAN PANAHI, JAFAR £15.99
After being banned by the Iranian government from making films and placed under house arrest, Panahi poses as a taxi driver and drives around the busy streets of Tehran picking up passengers and recording their conversations.

The passengers discusses the social challenges that Iranian citizens face on a daily basis.

In Farsi with English subtitles

ENGLISH FILM NOTES TO TAXI TEHRAN

GERMAN LANGUAGE FILM NOTES TO TAXI TEHRAN

Clip 1 – “You a cabbie? No way Mr Panahi”  on Vimeo or Youtube

Clip 2 – “Avoid sordid realism” on Vimeo or Youtube

Clip 3 – “We know they’re watching” on Vimeo or Youtube

(Vimeo clips can be downloaded)

Download hi-res jpeg of Quad Poster

Trailer on Vimeo (can be downloaded) or Youtube

Download photos:  photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5J

Jafar Panahi’s statement

Article in Le Monde speaking to Jafar Panahi’s daughter – English translation

Interview with Pooya Abbasian, involved in the post production

Swiss educational pamphlet (in French)

Cars in the movies – some free-wheeling association by Danny Leigh in The Guardian 

DVD available to buy at

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/iranian-films-on-dvd

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Arabic comedy drama – FROM A TO B – issued in dvd

From A to BFROM A TO B (12) 2014 UEA MOSTAFA, ALI F. £15.99

Comedy drama in which three estranged friends go on a road trip from Abu Dhabi to Beirut in honour of their deceased friend and to rediscover their lost friendship.

In Arabic with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd

 

Arabic drama – THEEB – available on dvd

TheebTHEEB (15) 2014 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES NOWAR, NAJI ABU £15.99 

First World War adventure film set in the Ottoman province of Hejaz, where young Bedouin orphan Theeb and his older brother embark on a perilous journey across the desert to take an English soldier and his Arabian guide to a well near an Ottoman train track.

In Arabic with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd

Original Venice pressbook

UK pressbook

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 4 Photo 6

Download quad poster

Facebook page Twitter account

Short video interview with Naji Abu Nowar from the London Film Festival.

Interview with Naji Abu Nowar in The Guardian

Interviews with Naji Abu Nowar in Variety Film Comment The National

Interview with Naji Abu Nowar on the BFI website

Trailer on vimeo – can be downloaded

Clips:

Learning to Shoot

What’s in the box

Taab

– See more at: http://www.newwavefilms.co.uk/view-film-detail.html/?viewListing=MTM4&cat=2#sthash.64b0EihT.dpuf

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Palestinian thriller – OMAR – out on dvd and Blu Ray

OmarOMAR (15) 2013 PALESTINE ABU-ASSAD, HANY IN ARABIC AND HEBREW

DVD – £17.99 BLU RAY – £21.99
Palestinian thriller set in occupied Palestine. Omar a sensitive young baker who is in love with Nadia and must face painful choices about life and manhood.

On joining a group of freedom fighter, Omar takes part in an attack on an Israeli guard and he is captured but later released after agreeing to work for the authorities.

In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd

Jordanian film – WHEN I SAW YOU (12) – available on dvd

When I Saw YouWHEN I SAW YOU (12) 2012 JORDAN JACIR,ANNEMARIE £15.99
Coming-of-age drama traces the story of Tarek (Mahmoud Asfa), a young boy caught up in a Middle Eastern war who embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Forced to separate from his father in Palestine in the midst of the 1967 war, eleven-year-old Tarek (Asfa) and his mother Ghaydaa (Ruba Blal) arrive at the Harir refugee camp in Jordan. Over the coming months, as he finds it increasingly hard to adjust to his new life and the possibility that he will never see his father again, a fiercely independent Tarek begins to look for a way out.

When the chance finally arrives, Tarek, realising that anything and everything is possible, sets out on a life-changing adventure to find his father.

In Arabic with English subtitles
DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd

Egyptian documentary – THE SQUARE – available on dvd

SquareTHE SQUARE (15) 2013 EGYPT NOUJAIM, JEHANE £17.99
Academy Award-nominated documentary following the events of the Egyptian Revolution.

In January 2011 Cairo’s Tahrir Square was occupied and this protest led to the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and changes to the way the nation is ruled.

The film focuses on events during 2011 and 2012 and follows a number of the protesters as they fight for their vision of democracy.

In Arabic with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd

Saudi film – WADJDA out on dvd

WadjdaWADJDA (PG) 2012 SAUDI ARABIA  AL-MANSOUR, HAIFAA     
    DVD –  £17.99   BLU RAY – £23.99
A rebellious Saudi Arabian girl hatches a plan to get her hands on the bicycle she craves in this coming-of-age story from first time director Haifaa Al-Mansour. Living within a conservative suburb of Riyadh, fun-loving eleven-year-old Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) has her heart set on a green bicycle so that she can beat the boys in their neighbourhood races. But when her mother (Reem Abdullah) forbids it, anticipating a reaction from a society that disapproves of women riding bicycles, an enterprising Wadjda decides to raise the money herself by entering a local Qur’an-reading competition that offers a cash prize.

In Arabic with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd

Egyptian political drama – WINTER OF DISCONTENT – issued on dvd

Winter of DiscontentWINTER OF DISCONTENT (15) 2012 EGYPT    EL-BATOUT, IBRAHIM   £15.99
Egyptian political drama set against the backdrop of the January 2011 revolution. Told in a series of flashbacks, the film highlights the troubles the Egyptian people were forced to deal with under President Mubarak’s reign through the eyes of politically motivated whistleblower Amr (Amr Waked). Once a victim of severe torture and state-endorsed brutality himself, Amr has since been involved in a campaign to make the wider world aware of Mubarak’s gross abuse of power.

Through his story we are told how the Egyptian revolution was not one of spontaneous action but rather the result of a long period of injustice committed against its people.

Arabic with English subtitles

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd