In 1952, an unknown young colonel named Gamal Abdel Nasser, led a coup against his king, winning the support of millions of his countrymen. Over the next 18 years, Nasser became the most important leader of the Arab world, transforming it forever. This documentary tells his story through the voices of those who are grappling with his legacy today and one thing will be clear: Nasser began a revolution that he could not complete.
Filmmaker Mais Darwazah is a second-generation Palestinian, born and raised in Jordan, who decides to leave her life of seclusion and journey to occupied and historic Palestine, to the seafront of Jaffa, where artist and writer Hasan Hourani lost his life. The film is a poetic, first-person essay that chronicles Darwazah’s first-ever visit to the homeland. This is a voyage of discovery, encounters, reckonings, and inward drifts guided by Hourani’s drawings and poems. The film contemplates the meanings of belonging, affiliation, and love. Winner: Jury Prize, Best Feature Documentary, Ismailia Film Festival, 2014.
This film tells the story of two women with opposing political views, fighting for their different versions of a democratic future for Tunisia. During Tunisia’s critical post-revolution years, we follow journalist Emna Ben Jemaa, who envisions a country governed by free speech and without the corruption of the former regime. In contrast, Jawhara Ettis, of the Islamist party Ennahda, works towards a Tunisia guided by Islamic principles. On a public level, both women must navigate how females are treated in their society, while at home they must make difficult choices to balance their public political roles with marriage and motherhood. Both know the stakes are high.
In this documentary, Syrian directors Mohammad Ali Atassi and Ziad Homsi, accompany Syrian intellectual and activist Yassin Al Haj Saleh on his journey through the country after spending 16 years in political imprisonment. Homsi captures the activist’s thoughts with his camera while addressing his own fears and hopes regarding events in Syria. Homsi ends up being taken prisoner by extremists and Al Haj Saleh is forced to exile in Turkey. Eventually, both reunite in Istanbul where Atassi captures their ongoing dialogue about being forced to leave their home country behind.