New Middle East Cinema
The Repentant (El Taaib) w/The Clock and The Man
dir. Merzak Allouache, Algeria, 2012, 87 min.
"Merzak Allouache delivers not just his best film of the past decade, but arguably his best in 36 years in the helmer’s seat. Tracking a former jihadist and a separated couple whose lives were destroyed five years earlier, “The Repentant” is a beautifully made, deeply emotional drama that catches us up in its troubled protagonists’ lives, all the way to a staggering finale. Though cinema is awash in Islamic fundamentalist themes, Allouache goes beyond mere issues with his intimate approach and narrowed focus. This is one Algerian movie that could finally see worldwide exposure, including Stateside." - Variety
The Clock and The Man
dir. Gazi Abu Baker,
Israel, 2011, 12 min.
Based on a short story by the well known Palestinian writer Samira Azzam, this short film tells the tale of a young clerk who is awakened each morning by mysterious knocks on his door. Eventually, he discovers the culprit: an elderly man who disappears as soon as the door opens. The reasons for the old man's strange deed are revealed...
The Cinema Studies Program, the Jewish Studies Program, the Middle East Center, and the Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations Department at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and International House of Philadelphia, present the 2013 edition of NEW MIDDLE EAST CINEMA. Recently released feature films from several Middle East countries have been selected as the best to be presented to further the understanding of current Middle Eastern societies and cultures through cinema.