This Guide

The purpose of this guide is to help users to identify, locate, and access Related image library resources and online research tools related to Image result for cell phoneMiddle Eastern and North African moving-image visual media. The guide serves as an introduction to resources available through Cornell University Library, as well as electronic resources available freely online. Please note that while some electronic resources are freely available, others are subscription services provided by the Cornell University Library, so remote access may be necessary when accessing from off-campus.

Disclaimer of Endorsement:  The University does not necessarily agree with assertions and opinions expressed in the resources listed in this guide. These are provided for the researcher to discover, contrast and compare.

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Quick Listings: Features & Documentaries

The following list of countries uses subject 'tags' in the records to pull up lists of films (and other resources) from or about countries in our collections. Click on one of the countries to see a list of relevant films: Catalog



Quick Listings from the Online Catalog

Motion Pictures, Middle East

Motion Pictures, Islam  

Feature film Middle East

Cinema, Middle East

Arabic film  [or Turkish / Persian / Iranian / Israeli ...]

The 10 best Arab films | Culture | The Guardian [2013]

Middle East & Islamic Studies Curator

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Finding Films

Finding Videos in the Library Catalog. The Cornell Library collections include a variety of video materials in several formats (DVDs, VHS, streaming ... Search Tips).

Looking for foreign language films? Just go to the "film and video" search page of the online catalog. Many DVDs come with "optional subtitles" in English (or French, etc.) Type for example the phrase "Arabic with English subtitles" in the "Search" box at the top of the page. Just substitute the language that you're looking for (Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, etc.)

Videography & Film Guide : Middle East Film & Cinema

Film: A Guide to Resources  General guide to resources held by the Reference collections of Cornell's Olin and Uris Libraries as well as materials accessible online.



The Cinema, the Middle East, and the Transnational : Panel brings together leading curators, producers, filmmakers, and scholars from the Middle East and the US to explore the present state of Arab/Middle Eastern cinema, the emergence of transnational trends, and prospects for the future.  This conference brings together a transnational array of leading scholars to engage and develop conversations about key issues in the theory of transnational film/media while also reflecting on the academic field of transnational film/media studies itself. [1h:08:50].

Jack Shaheen - Hollywood Stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims  [Full speech given by Jack Shaheen (acclaimed author and media critic) discussing the negative portrayal of Arabs and Muslims in film]

Jack Shaheen, critic of Arab stereotypes, dies at 81

The shooting stops but the war’s not over’: making movies in post-9/11 Iraq  Maysoon Pachachi’s debut fiction film explores the lives of intertwined characters living in Baghdad during the US occupation in 2006