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Arab Film Distribution

Works: 462 works in 933 publications in 2 languages and 9,020 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Drama  Interviews  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Romance films  Biographical films  History  Film adaptations 
Roles: Distributor, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Arab Film Distribution
Umm Kulthum : a voice like Egypt by Umm Kulthūm( Visual )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in Arabic and English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about the singer Umm Kulthūm, born a peasant at the turn of the century, who became a powerful symbol of the aspirations of her country. Based on the book: "The voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthum, Arabic song, and Egyptian society in the twentieth century" by Virginia Danielson
Gaza Strip( Visual )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in Arabic and English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American filmmaker James Longley follows a range of Palestinian Arabs living in the Gaza Strip and events following the election of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, including the first major armed incursion by the Israeli Army (IDF) forces in Spring 2001. Filmed almost entirely in the vérite style without narration and with little explanation, this documentary focuses on ordinary Palestinians rather than politicians presenting a rare look inside the stark realities of Palestinian life and death under Israeli military occupation
The color of olives( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in Arabic and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Like many Palestinian families, the Amers live surrounded by the infamous West Bank Wall. Their daily lives are dominated by electrified fences, locked gates, and a constant swarm of armed soldiers. Through [the filmmaker's] lens, we discover the private world of all eight members of the family. As their dramas unfold, we catch a glimpse of their constant struggles, and the small, endearing details that sustain them, including olive trees, two small donkeys and their many friendships."--Container
al-Quds fīyawm akhar = Jerusalem, another day( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in Arabic and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Rana is faced with an ultimatum--choose a husband from a list of eligible, respectable men or leave for Egypt--she goes searching for a lover of her own choosing. Moving across checkpoints to the West Bank, finding a wedding dress in a war zone, and settling family differences all in just ten hours, Rana finds ... In Jerusalem, love has many roadblocks"--Container
The letter( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about racisim in America, as seen in neo-Nazi outsiders barnstorming the town of Lewiston, Maine to exploit local hatred
Veiled voices( Visual )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in Arabic and English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Women in the Arab world are redefining their role as leaders in Islam. Veiled voices investigates the world of Muslim women religious leaders through the eyes of three women--in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt"--Container
Bab El-Oued City by Merzak Allouache( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in Arabic and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bab el-Oued is a working class district of Algiers. A young worker commits an act which angers a local fundamentalist group and puts the entire district in turmoil
About Baghdad by Sinan Antoon( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In July 2003 Sinan Antoon, an exiled Iraqi writer and poet, returned to Baghdad to see what became of his city after wars, sanctions, decades of oppression and violence, and now occupation. Antoon takes us on a journey exploring what Iraqis think and feel about the post-war situation and the complex relationship between the US and Iraq"--Case
Forget Baghdad = Insī Baghdād = Shekhaḥ mi-Bagdad( Visual )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and Arabic and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on the story of four Baghdadi Jews, all former members of the Iraqi Communist Party who were forced to emigrate at Israel's founding. They discuss their lives in Iraq among other Arabs, acclimating to life in Israel, and how their identity as Arabs has changed with time. Also features Professor Ella Shohat, who examines the cliches of Oriental Jews in the history of Israeli cinema
Brothers and others by Nicolas Rossier( Visual )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Brothers and others documents the impact of the September 11th tragedy on Muslims and Arabs living in America. We follow immigrants and Americans as they struggle in the heightened climate of hate, FBI and INS investigations, and the economic hardships that erupted following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon."--Container. On power, dissent and racism consists of an interview in which Noam Chomsky presents his reflections on the motivations behind 9/11 and its consequences internationally
Hidden wars of Desert Storm by Gerard Ungerman( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The result of a two-year investigation, the film is based on never-before-seen documents and interviews with Desert-Storm Commander General Norman Schwarzkopf, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, former UN Iraq Program Director Dennis Halliday, former UNSCOM team-leader Scott Ritter and many others
Jenin -- Jenin = Janīn -- Janīn( Visual )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in Arabic and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Palestinian Arabs from the West Bank town of Jenin talk about their experiences during the Battle of Jenin in April of 2002 (which was part of the Israeli army's Operation Defensive Shield, in response to the ongoing Al-Aqsa Intifada). Censored in Israel
Private( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in Arabic and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mohammad, his wife and their five children live in a large, isolated house located mid-way between a Palestinian village and an Israeli settlement. Viewed as a strategic lookout point, the house is forcefully taken over by Israeli soldiers, who confine Mohammad and his family to a few downstairs rooms in daytime and a single room at night"--Container
A new day in old Sana'a( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in Arabic and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Handsome young Tariq is about to marry Bilquis, eldest daughter of a prominent and powerful judge. But as he wanders the ancient city of Sana'a late one night, he spots a beautiful young woman dancing in the street and falls madly in love with her
In my own skin : the complexity of living as an Arab in America( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This video sheds the light on the complexities of the Arab American experience through the candid, indepth interviews with five young Arab women living in New York in the months following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center
Tale of the three jewels : a tale of love and adventure( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Arabic and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yussef is a twelve-year-old boy who lives in an imaginary world of his own and often escapes from the surrounding violence to the beautiful Gaza countryside. Yussef meets Aida and falls in love, but before he can marry her he must find three jewels
Thartharah fawqa al-Nīl = Adrift on the Nile( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in Arabic and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A group of hedonistic middle-aged friends gather each night on a luxurious houseboat for dancing, love-making and smoking hashish. When a young news reporter visits the houseboat to write a story on the group, she is outraged to learn the tragic depths of their social alienation"--Container
Duʻāʼ al-karawān by Ṭāhā Ḥusayn( Visual )

4 editions published in 2004 in Arabic and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This compelling tale of love and betrayal, set in the upper Egyptian country side, follows the story of Amna as she plots her revenge on the engineer who destroyed her family's honor. A gripping portrait of a courageous young woman's rebellion against tradition and poverty"--Container
Shahrbanoo = Shahrbānū( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir Alfred of Charles de Gaulle Airport: A documentary regarding the case of Mehran Karemi Nasseri, an Iranian apparently caught helpless in an 18-year long immigration dilemma. Following a series of earlier attempts at emigration, Mehran, also known as Sir Alfred, lives inside Charles de Gaulle Airport from 1988 to 2006 after ending up in the airports' "Zone d'attente", the waiting area for travelers without papers. Filmed in 2001, while Sir Alfred's situation was still nebulous but in the media spotlight, the initially-supportive filmmaker is soon faced with questions regarding the realities of Sir Alfred's situation and begins to wonder if the story has been completely told
[Bāb al-Samāʼ Maftūḥ] = A door on the sky( Visual )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in Arabic and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nadia, a young Moroccan emigre, struggles between her Sufi heritage and her adopted French culture when she returns from Paris to Fez to visit her dying father. At his funeral, she is overcome by the voice of Karina chanting the Koran. A powerful friendship develops between the two women as they decide to turn Nadia's father's palace into a shelter for Muslim women--Container
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AFD (Arab Film Distribution)

Fīlm al-ʻArabī

أفلام مصة العالمية

فيلم العربى للتوزيع

فيلم العربي

Arabic (60)

English (45)