Ali Shaib was the leader of the Bank of America’s hijack in Beirut in October 1973. Forty-six years later, in October 2019, his name became a symbol of Lebanon’s youthful revolution. Much mystery surrounds the 26 hours that he and his comrades spent in the bank. This documentary will revisit that eventful night and uncover the truth behind the circumstances that led to the bank’s hijack. And, through never before seen interviews with witnesses and family members, we will know more about Ali, the man, the poet, and the rebel.
Tiba, a 20-year-old Iraqi activist, is fighting under the demonstrations for her homeland, her rights, and the rights for women in Iraq. She grew up in a manly society, where she was forced to marry a man chosen by her father. TIBA grew up surrounded by conflict, in a world full of fear and instability.
Tiba with the Iraqi youth went out on October 1st, 2019 protesting against corruption, the ruling parties, as well as all external interference in Iraq. These peaceful youth demonstrations resulted in 700 people being killed, more than 22,000 wounded, and 2000 arrested and kidnapped.
Sahar is an 18-year-old girl living in a village in Northern Iran. After her mother’s death, Sahar has lived alone with her cognitively impaired father Rahim. Sahar has taken on a mother’s assistance. The traditional family demands that she should give up her own future dream and take care of her father. The only way-out would be remarriage for the father but she thinks it’s not fair to spoil another woman’s life to take care of a retarded, poor man. Sahar’s wish is to study. The dilemma begins here, following her dreams or taking care of his father?
Pol Sefid is a small city from Northern Iran, one of the various historical cities harboring a large number of pre-Islamic mausoleums and treasures. The economic crisis has hit the country hard and bolstered a perilous “yellow fever”, a dream that had always existed within the Iranian population: the quest for hidden treasures to escape an economic condition, also the quest for an Absolute to escape a human condition.
Adeeb Sami lay on top of his son Ali, shielding him, as a gunman opened fire on all in a Christchurch mosque before Friday prayers. From the bombing of Baghdad to the carnage at Christchurch, Adeeb is a man who has been trying to escape violence all his life. This creative documentary sees both Adeeb and Ali, father and son, as survivors, each telling their side of the story and taking us through their family’s 24-year-old journey to find a safe haven to call home.
Amidst rising oppression in Turkey, four Superheroes join forces to confront death and seek healing after the tragic deaths of their loved ones. Through music and glamorous performances they transform pain into power by queering grief.
I’ve Got the Power portrays four pals who are dealing with the sudden loss of close friends and family members, as violence and oppression reach extreme levels in Turkey. At an exclusive storytelling workshop developed for them, Hande, Salih, Buse and Nihal come together with burning questions…
Basel, a 25-year-old law school graduate and activist from the South. Hebron Hills, for the past 10 years, has been filming his and other communities in the West Bank, that are being destroyed by the Israeli Amy.
Since the signing of the Oslo Accord in1993, the Israeli army follows an unwritten policy: Demolishing Palestinian homes by preventing residents building permits, to pressure them to leave their lands.
In 2020, as the Israeli government accelerates the demolition operation, Basel approaches Yuval – a similarly aged Israeli journalist who is equally disheartened/angry by the demolitions and Israeli unwritten policies behind them- and the two decide to lead a campaign to stop the home demolitions and innovate ways of positive change . But as the demolitions increase – they face personal and political crises about being activists, and the possibility of change.
“In My Father’s House” tells the story of a Moroccan-Belgian family seen through the camera of the oldest daughter. Straddling both the Moroccan and Western culture, filmmaker Rachida El Garani tries to find answers to the traumas from her past before it is too late. Because her 78-year-old father was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Eyoub, was the main character in Bahman Ghobadi’s A Time for Drunken Horses, portraying a young smuggler boy. He envisioned a better life for himself then becoming an actual smuggler as he grew up, but life did not favor him. We follow Eyoub and other smugglers on the Iran – Iraq border, who experience life threatening struggles on everyday basis.
Hawa is a beautiful, spirited mother of six grown children. Uneducated and illiterate, she has always been the loyal wife of her husband, Musa, who is 30 years her senior. Having recently turned 50, Hawa is eager to finally begin the life that was stolen from her when her parents forced her to marry Musa, her cousin, when she was just 13. Hawa wants to educate herself, open a small business and buy a pair of golden earrings to replace those she had as a young girl. That pair was sold by Musa to give a son from his first marriage to buy a gold bracelet for his wife.
Hawa wants to live the experiences she never had in her childhood and her youth. Hawa is my mother and Musa is my father.
While cheating on her husband, Palestinian guerillas stormed into the day-use Savoy hotel and took Kohava Levi hostage. To save her life and honor, she transformed herself through the night into a heroine. However, by dawn, she was left with only shame.
Director Jihan unravels the disappearance of her father (Mansur Rashid Kikhia), the peaceful opposition leader to Qaddafi, and pieces together her mother’s 19-year search to find him. Jihan’s journey leads to a series of encounters that reactivate her connection to her father, who she lost when she was 6 years old. She tries to restore his legacy and reconcile with her Libyan identity. Instead of her mission uncovering the truth, she embraces indeterminacy and reaches closure through a celebration of her father’s life, while simultaneously regaining hope for Libya, which is currently drowning in civil war and risks total disappearance.
The film explores the life of an amusing elderly woman who lives alone in a small reed hut amidst the marshes of Southern Iraq. Having never been married, and with no family to keep her company, she spends her days of solitude caring for her cattle and the land.
A group of women in Syria have spent many years fighting against their patriarchal society, a society that did not give women even their first human right!! After years of hard work in this area, Nasirn, who becomes the commander later, along with some of her friends decides to form a group to fight against this mentality, but at the very same time Syria suffered an ISIL war and Nasrin and her friends, who later got martyred in the ISIS war, decided to form the first female army in the history of the world aiming to effectively fight terrorism.
“God works in mysterious ways and so do women…”
For over fifty years a Syrian movement has been secretly growing into the largest Muslim women’s organization in the world. Through a generational lens, Q takes us deep into the mysterious, unspoken of world of the Qubaysiat, the regime-loving Sufis turned cult through the filmmaker, her mother and her grandmother’s relationship to the group.