Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighbourhood

This film tells the story of a Palestinian kid living in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem . The film shows the suffering that he faces with his family under the Israeli occupation. His life is followed for 2 years.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English, Other
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Guardian

Syria Behind the Lines

This political film speaks about the war in Syria. Both views of the war are presented. It is a  good reference film for high school and university students.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: WGBH Educational Foundation

Cultures of Resistance (Movie)

Cultures of Resistance is a film that focuses on the experiences of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.  In this work, various art forms (music, photography, and film) are utilized to narrate the harrowing stories of resistance and violence that are a par …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Films for Action

Movie – 475

This film tells the story of  Amina Filali who committed suicide in Morocco after she was forced to marry her rapist. This movie shows  the social issues that Moroccan women face. This is a good film for high school and university students.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: North African (Moroccan)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Films for Action

My Escape From Syria: Europe or Die (Short Film)

This film tells the story of Ismail who left Syria because of the War. The destination of Ismail and the rest of the refugees was Europe. It is a great movie to show students the suffering of the immigrants who were forced to leave their country.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Films for Action

Trip of a Syrian Family to Germany

The following film tells the story of a Syrian family as it attempts to reach Germany. The Guardian newspaper followed the family along the trip. This is an excellent movie to reflect on the situation of Syrian refugees. .

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Guardian

Syrian Children on the Front-Line

This documentary film is about the civil war in Syria and how it  changed the life of the children over there. The video comes from a program by journalist and filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen. The length of the video is approximately 50 minutes long.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Insaan Rights Watch

Budrus (Documentary)

This documentary focuses on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It depicts the Israeli separation barrier, non-violence in political activism, and gender roles on both sides of the conflict. The length of this film is approximately an hour and a half. 

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English, Other
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Arna’s Children (Documentary)

This is Juliano Mer Khamis’ documentary on his mother, Arna. An activist against the Israeli occupation, Arna founded an alternative education system for Palestinian children. The length of this documentary film is approximately an hour and a half.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

The Islamic State

The Islamic State is a documentary on ISIS (ISIL) edited from footage recorded while a VICE News reporter spent three weeks on the ground with ISIS forces. This documentary is a powerful view into the operations of the Islamic State and its impact on t …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: VICE News

How the Earth Was Made: Sahara

This episode from How the Earth Was Made focuses on the creation of the Sahara desert. The documentary examines fossil evidence to support a hypothesis that the Sahara was once filled with water. Through this video, students can consider the geography …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: History Channel

The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs

The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs is an extensive documentary covering the Arab-Israeli conflict through the late 1990’s. Prominent figures from all sides of the conflict are interviewed throughout film, and documentary footage is used extensively …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: PBS

Class of 2006

This documentary film features the graduation ceremony of an imam academy in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. The graduating class is unique as it includes 50 women, among the first to be officially trained as Muslim religious leaders. These women will s …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: PBS, WNET.ORG Properties LLC

Budrus

This documentary tells the story of a community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites Palestinians across political lines to save his village from destruction. The hero of the film is his 15 year old daughter, Iltezam, who launches a women’s contingency t …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English, Other
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Just Vision

My Neighborhood

My Neighborhood tells the true story of Mohammed El Kurd, an 11 year old Palestinian boy from East Jerusalem. After Mohammed and his family are displaced by Israeli settlers, they join with other neighborhood residents to hold unarmed protests. Several …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English, Other
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Just Vision

Baghdad Twist

This documentary features a collection of photographs, archival materials and home videos from Jewish life in Baghdad. It is narrated by the director, Joe Balass, and features interviews with his mother. This documentary links together a series of imag …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English, Other
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: National Film Board of Canada

About Baghdad

This 2003 documentary film from Sinan Antoon looks at life in post-war Baghdad. Antoon, a poet and scholar, returns from exile to Iraq after decades of war and occupation. The film includes the views of a varied number of Iraqi people, and explores the …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: DVD/Videotape
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Arab Film Distribution

Pop Goes Islam

This documentary is about the rise of 4Shbab, a conservative Islamic music station along the lines of MTV. It examines the intersection of contemporary forms of musical and visual expression with certain visions of Islamic morality. The documentary als …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Alegria

Ramadan Primetime

This documentary investigates the phenomenon of television during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Through interviews and visits to homes, it shows the importance of TV during this month. The extravagance, and social dimensions of Ramadan television …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Link TV

Gaza: Tunnels to Nowhere

This documentary explores the underground tunnels connecting Gaza to Egypt. It takes viewers inside the tunnels and examines the dangers and promise of these tenuous connections between Gaza and the outside world. The tunnels were built to smuggle food …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Link TV

Speaking of Baghdad

This video features dramatic readings of Iraqi writers reflecting on the war years. George Larkin corresponded with these writers and collected their writings. This production is intended to help American audiences understand life in Iraq.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Link TV

Live from Bethlehem

This documentary examines the Palestinian Ma’an News Network. It follows many of the people involved with the network as a lens for understanding the media landscape, politics, and daily life in the West Bank.  The Ma’aan News Network is the only major …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Link TV

Occupied Minds

This documentary follows the journey of two journalists, Palestinian Jamal Dajani and Israeli David Michaelis, to Jerusalem to visit each other’s neighborhoods. They share their family histories, their understandings of the conflict, and their hopes fo …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Link TV

The Trials of Spring

This documentary project traces the stories of nine women pursuing change and freedom amid the Arab uprisings. The world premiere of this documentary is set to occur in June of 2015 at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. The film will be followed by …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: ZAG Line Pictures, LLC and Independent Television Service (ITVS)

5 Broken Cameras

“5 Broken Cameras,” an Academy Award nominee for best documentary. The film features the story of a Palestinian farmer as he documents the ongoing protests of Palestinians in a West Bank village against the construction of an Israeli fence. The name of …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Kino Lorber