Middle East: What Cinema Can Do is proud to present 60 films over a 14-day period. One third of the films are shorts and two-thirds are documentaries, each painting a different facet of the bigger picture. Docu-fiction works are more and more prevalent as filmmakers begin to portray the reality in their countries, searching new ways to communicate their messages. The TV format has also become a popular form of expression and outlet to get films seen; a dozen will be screened. A number of features, both fiction and documentary, will be seen at the festival before being released in theatres next year.

From the more than 150 films previewed, the films chosen illustrate the daily theme in which they will be shown, from Iraq and Kurdistan to Syria and Lebanon, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Gaza, Jerusalem, but also the Arab Spring, Women, Strangers in their own land ….
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Screening date : 07/12/2011 -- 20h30
Blagues à part/ (No) Laughing Matter
During 4 years, Vanessa Rousselot travelled the roads of the West Bank looking for that most human of qualities, humour. Her method was simple: she asked every new person she met, "Do you know a Palestinian joke?"

Screening date : 09/12/2011 -- 18h00
The Breaker
The Breaker talks about the reality of life in Gaza, the everyday suffering and challenges since the blockade. Building material is not allowed to enter Gaza so young children leave school, and work hard at breaking up stones from abandoned colonies in order to recycle the materials into new constructions. 

Screening date : 08/12/2011 -- 20h00
Breaking the Silence
15 Israeli former male and female soldiers provide testimonies of their service in the Occupied Palestinian Territories with their identities revealed. Their unmasked testimonies serve as a powerful and unprecedented means of exposing how the occupation is enforced on a day-to-day level and how its corrosive effects erode the human rights of the Palestinian population and the moral standards of Israeli society. By giving up their anonymity, the testifiers have made their voices much harder to ignore or discredit.

Screening date : 01/12/2011 -- 20h30
Chantier cinématographique au Caire de la révolution
Au Caire de la Révolution is a work in progress. Samir Abdallah, an Egyptian filmmaker, grew up in exile in France throughout the decades of the dictatorship. He went back to Egypt on the eve of Mubarak's fall, and filmed his discovery of the country, its people, its revolution, that which his father, the painter Hamed Abdallah, had painted so often in his works.

Screening date : 03/12/2011 -- 20h30
Charcoal and Ashes
The film presents the destruction of Iraq's natural environment as trees are felled for coal. The film also reflects on the Iraqi economy and people's reasons for cutting trees – to escape poverty.

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