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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...

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