Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Middle East

Why I want Lebanon’s “The Insult” to win an Oscar

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Unlike 2018's other Foreign Language nominees, "The Insult" has real political power—to help its homeland heal from the past.

Interview: Shady Srour and Ilan Moskovitch discuss “Holy Air” in Israel’s Arab capital

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Filmmakers Srour and Moskovitch find absurdity in the lives of a "minority within a minority"—Nazareth's Christian Arabs.

This movie helps explain why Turkey and Japan are such good friends

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"Ertugrul 1890" reveals how it all starts with a century-old disaster.

Review: The Wedding Plan (Israel, 2016)

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Rama Burshtein's sophomore film manages to make -- from a tired plot -- a lively comedy with a lot to say about Orthodox Jewish women...

Meet this 21-year-old Syrian who shot an Oscar-winning film

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Khaled Khatib was an Aleppo-based cinematographer for “The White Helmets”, which won a 2017 Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

A talk about kitties with the director of “Kedi”

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Ceyda Torun discusses her documentary about Istanbul’s street cats.

An interview with Dror Shaul, director of “Atomic Falafel”

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"Atomic Falafel", which satirizes Israel-Iran nuclear tensions, has been praised as an Israeli "Doctor Strangelove"

Review: Paradise Now (Palestine, 2005)

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Why should you watch a movie about suicide bombers? To illuminate how the 2005 Palestinian film Paradise Now represents a unique and laudable drop in...