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Middle Eastern Cinemas


Welcome to mec film!

mec film is an international distribution and sales company for films exclusively from the Middle East and North Africa. On the background of ongoing debates about the region - religion and violence, the role of women, or terror - we want to add a different angle and show films that are made in the Arab World. We represent short and feature length documentary and fiction films - without compromise on artistic quality. The mec film catalogue contains only works by film-makers from the Arab World.

The films in the International Catalogue have English subtitles, sometimes we can provide translation in additional languages.

mec film is serving as agent to the films of renown Syrian film-maker Mohamad Malas. Together with Dunia Film in Damascus we make copies available or connect you to the distributor for your territory.

The movies in the German Catalogue are subtitled in German and are all feature length.

Many titles from the catalogue can be watched online at our partners MMedia in Beirut or at the mec film channel at realeyz in Berlin. A selection of documentaries is availble for online viewing in the mec flm collection at minaa in Amman. Those who prefer to hold a DVD in their hand find most of the titles from this catalogue as well as selected additional films from the Middle East our DVD-shop.

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International Catalogue

In this catalogue you find short and feature length films with English subtitles, sometimes we can provide additional languages. Most films are available in digital formats. more

by Ghassan Halwani is awarded with Bronze Tanit for the best long documentary at the Carthage Film Festival.
In November Erased,___Ascent of the Invisible shows it the international competition of the Festival dei popoli in Florence (Italy), at the Carthage Film Festival in Tunis, at the Paradocs section of IDFA (The Netherlands) as well as in the Critic Week Competition of Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt).

by Cynthia Choucair shows in November at the renown documentary film festival RIDM in Montreal (Canada).

by Mohamed Sabbah is presented at the official selection of Kooz Queer Film Festival in Haifa (Palestine), running November 8-10, 2018.

by Rana Eid was honored with the DocsMX 2018 Award in the Human Latitudes Section in Mexico.
In November Panoptic is presented at the Image de Ville Festival in Aix-en-Provence (France) as well as at the Studio im Hochhaus in Berlin (Germany).

Solomon's Stone
by Ramzi Maqdisi is presented in mid-November at the Malaty Film Festival in Turkey. If you can't be there, you can watch the film at realeyz.

by Tamer El Said is travelling in October and November as part of the Tashweesh Festival on feminism in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe to Brussels, Tunis, Cairo and Beirut.

Larissa Sansour's Sci Fi Trilogy
shows at the London Palestine Film Festival in the end of November 2018.

Occupied Palestine: A serene landscape now pockmarked by military checkpoints. When a Palestinian film crew decides to avert a closed checkpoint by taking a remote side road, the political landscape unravels, and the passengers are slowly taken apart by the mundane brutality of military occupation. Both a visual poem and a narrative, like twenty impossibles wryly questions artistic responsibility and the politics of filmmaking, while speaking to the fragmentation of a people.

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The Cinema of Mohamad Malas

mec film is serving as agent to the films of renown Syrian film-maker Mohamad Malas. Together with Dunia Film in Damascus we make copies available or connect you to the distributor for your territory. more

THE NIGHT (al-Leil)
is presented in Barcelona (Spain) at the Mostra de Cinema Àrab i Mediterrani de Catalunya, running from November 8th till 18th 2018. On December 6th and 8th the film shows in the framework of the program Syria, mon amour at the Kinemathek Karlsruhe (Germany).

The Cinema of Muhammad Malas. Visions of a Syrian Auteur
A monogragraph about Mohamad Malas' work is forthcoming at palgrave macmillan. Authors Samirah Alkassim and Nezar Andary's book provides an in-depth and intimate study of the cinema of Muhammad Malas. read more

German Catalogue

The films in the German Catalogue are licensed for German theatrical and institutional release and have German subtitles. The movies are shown in the regular art-house more

show at Well Played – Arab Film Days Heinrich Böll Stiftung Berlin, Hidden Life, Hidden Love - Self-determination and discrimination in the Arab World from 15.11.2018 – 18.11.2018 at the Kino in der Kulturbrauerei. Eccomi ... Eccoti at 16.11.2018 at 17.30h in the presence of coproducer Irit Neidhardt and Chronic in the presence of director Mohamed Sabbah at the 18.11.2018 at 22.00h.

by Rana Eid shown on 29.11.2018 at 19.00h in the Studio im Hochhaus in Berlin.