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Recycle

by Mahmoud al Massad

Abu Ammar, one of thousands of ex-Mujahideen in Jordan, now struggles to support his family on his meager earnings from recycling discarded cardboard. After years of fighting against the Soviets in Afghanistan, Ammar struggles with his faith and the social realities of life in the hometown of the infamous al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens

Seeds of Summer

by Hen Lasker, Edna Kowarsky, and Elinor Kowarsky

At an army base in the heart of Israel's southern desert two young female military recruits make the transformation from fragile, vulnerable young girls to confident soldiers and fierce fighters.

Global Perspectives Collection

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Shadya

by Danny Hakim, Udi Kalinsky, and Roy Westler

Shadya Zoabi, a charismatic 17-year-old karate world champion, strives to succeed on her own terms within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel.

Women and Girls Lead, Global Voices, Independent Lens, Diverse Muslim Voices, Global Perspectives Collection

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Solar Mamas

by Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim

Jordanian wife and mother Rafea is leaving home for the first time — to attend a college in India that is training rural women to become solar energy engineers.

Global Perspectives Collection, Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens, Diverse Muslim Voices, Why Poverty?

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Stand Up: Muslim American Comics Come of Age

by Glenn Baker

Stand Up explores the emergence of Muslim and Arab American comedians in the wake of 9/11, showing how the comics use humor to take on stereotypes about Middle Easterners and the issue of terrorism.

Storm of Emotions

by Yael Klopmann and Micky Rabinovitz

Storm of Emotions chronicles the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip and efforts to achieve democracy amidst great social and political turmoil.

Independent Lens, Global Perspectives Collection, Global Voices

Team Qatar

by Liz Mermin and Lawrence Elman

Team Qatar follows the journey of five Middle Eastern teens from the world’s richest country as they are initiated into the cutthroat subculture of competitive high-school debating.

Global Voices

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This is My Picture When I Was Dead

by Mahmoud Al Massad

An imaginative look at what happens after four-year-old Bashir comes back to life after the assassination of him and his father, a top PLO lieutenant.

Global Perspectives Collection

Waltz with Bashir

by Ari Folman

Written and directed by Ari Folman, this animated feature relates Folman’s struggle to come to terms with his role in the 1982 Lebanon War.

Global Perspectives Collection

A Wedding in Ramallah

by Sherine Salama

A Palestinian American telephone repairman returns to Palestine for an arranged marriage with a stranger, embarking on a difficult life together that bridges different cultures, traditions, and expectations in a time of conflict.

Independent Lens

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