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 : 10/12/ 2011 -- 14h00
Fragments of a Lost Palestine
Palestinian-born filmmaker Norma Marcos has a French passport, yet finds herself a citizen of nowhere. Denied entry to Palestine by the Israeli authorities, she is unable to visit her ailing mother, and spends much of her time on the phone being given the run around by civil servants.

Screening date : 04/11/2011 -- 18h00
Fragments of a Revolution
Fragments of a Revolution goes beyond the headlines and the tweets to tell the story of the protests that swept Iran in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 presidential election. This unusual process leads to a film with an astounding immediacy. We alternate between events in Tehran and the anonymous director's attempts to make sense of them - until the two storylines converge in early 2010.

Screening date : 13/12/2011 -- 20h30
Freedom Theatre Shorts
Created by Arna and Juliano Mer-Khamis, The Freedom Theatre a theatre and cultural centre in Jenin Refugee Camp is the only place of its kind in the Northern West Bank. Since it opened its doors in 2006, the organization has thrived and expanded, enabling the young generation in the area to develop new and important skills, which allow them to build a better future for themselves and for their society.

Screening date : 01/12/2011 -- 20h30
Generation Revolution
The Arab world is still undergoing unpredictable, revolutionary change. ARTE follows the issue from different perspectives, not only on television, but also online, on arte.tv: The Arab World in Revolution(s). The heart of the platform is the webdocumentary Generation Revolution - Paving the Way for Freedom. Five portraits of 3 or 4 minutes each will screen at Middle East: What Cinema Can Do.

Screening date : 03/12/2011 -- 20h30
Goodbye Babylon
Sergeant Franck O'Farrell spent three years in Babylon in Iraq. He left America convinced of the need for the mission, but once there, he started realizing the true reasons behind the American invasion. While there, he befriends an Iraqi interpreter, Dyar, who confronts him with another side of Iraq. In 2007, his mission is terminated and he returns home to his wife and children in New York. Thinking that the horrors of war will be behind him, and that in the Western world he will live in security and comfort. Gradually, the images of this absurd war start haunting him. 

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