Middle-Eastern Related DVDs?

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  1. Bob Partovi

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    I'm looking for Middle-eastern related movies and docs. Anything from alexander the great, the crusades, to the current arab-israeli conflict. Anybody have any recommendations?
     
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    Well to start out, there's the greatest film ever made [rant]Lawrence of Arabia[/rant] .
    And in a month or so will be released a reasonably good film called [rant]Exodus[/rant] - DVD out Oct, 15 IIRC.
    A film was made in 1976 called [rant]The Message [/rant] about Mohammed the Prophet - although the title role had to be eliminated due to the blastphemy of a pictoral or audio representation of Mohammed. The film lost its funding and was bailed out and finished with funding from Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. [​IMG] I haven't seen this film but remember reading about the controversy it stirred.
     
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    I'm not sure if you're interested in feature films FROM the mideast, but if you are, you are opening up a whole 'nother can of worms.
     
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    If it's documentaries you're interested in, go to a good online retailer—such as DVD Empire—and then click on "Documentaries" and do a search.
     
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    There's also a film called Lion of teh Desert you might want to check out.
    And 'Awrence is a great film. If you haven't seen it, go do so NOW!
     
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    I forgot to add that Children of Heaven is available on DVD (Amazon has it, but I bought an import) but The White Balloon is not. I've only seen it on one of the movie channels (Bravo, I think). Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us are both available on DVD, Cherry on Criterion.
     
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    Your description is pretty vague in what you are looking for.
    But check out Not Without My Daughter, based on a true story. Not only is Sally Fields fantastic, but Alfred Molina is a damn fine actor.
    Definitely touches on the cultural differences between the Middle East (Iran in this case) and the U.S. It's not a war movie, and not really propoganda either. Aside from the main story, it does explain some of the cultural differences.
    Oh, 16:9 enhanced too!
     
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    Thanks for the help, I'm finding a lot of titles I wanted now. I'm now looking for any War movies centering on the crusades or the arab-israeli situation. Any other suggestions. There doesn't seem to be any about the arab-israeli's or the iran-iraq war.

    titles i've seen

    El Cid
    Robin Hood: POT
    Courage under fire
    BlackHawk Down
    Three kings
     
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    This is not really a personal recommendation as I have not seen the movie myself, but I have wanted to for a long time:
    Kandahar
    It deals more directly with the people of Afghanistan and their culture, read the reviews I think this might be an interesting movie.
     

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