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Middle Eastern Cinemas

 

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mec film is an international distribution and sales company for films by Arab directors.

  • 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 available for online viewing in the mec film 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


ERASED,___ASCENT OF THE INVISIBLE
Ghassan Halwani's essay documentary was honored with a sprecial mention at the LatinArab Film Festival in Buenos Aires. In April the film is showing at Ayam Beirut (Lebanon), ALFILM - Arab Film Festival Berlin (Germany), the Cairo Cinema Days (Egypt), at Allerweltskino in Cologne (Germany), The Mediterranean Film Festival in Gabes (Tunis), Aflam Marseille (France) as well as the Art Of the Real Film Festival at Lincoln Center in New York (USA).


COUNTING TILES
by Cynthia Choucair was honored with a Special Mention at the 3rd Aswan Women's Film Festival (Egypt). In April the film is showing at Ayam Beirut (Lebanon) and in the program Beyond Spring, curated by Viola Shafik, in Berlin (Germany).


AND AN IMAGE WAS BORN
Firas Khoury's short film is shown at Zaha Cutural Center in Amman, in collaboration with the Jordanian Film Commission, in a special film day for children.


PANOPTIC
by Rana Eid received a Special Mention at the LatinArab Film Festival in Buenos Aires (Argentina). In April the film and the director are invited to ALFILM in Berlin (Germany).


DRY HOT SUMMERS
Sherif Elbendary's short story from Cairo is showing in April at the Africa Film Festival in Angers (France).


DVD of the Month - BRIDS OF SEPTEMBER
A glassed van roams the streets of Beirut, home to a camera that explores the city behind the glass. Along the way, several people are invited to share a personal moment in this moving confessional. Each one comes as a face, a body, a posture, a voice, an attitude, an emotion, a point of view, a memory. Their confessions are true, blunt, and intimate. However, soon enough, the van empties again, and roams Beirut; restlessly looking for something, for someone.
buy DVD | view online with realeyz with MMedia


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 DREAM (al-Manam)
In 1991 Mohamad Malas published his diary about the shooting of “The Dream” including those dreams which were not included into the documentary under the title al-Manam. Mufakirat Filim at Dar al-Adab in Beirut. In 2016 the English translation, The Dream. A Diary of the Film, was released by the American University in Cairo Press. The DVD is availabe at mecfilm-shop.com.


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


Screenings in Germany


ERASED,___ASCENT OF THE INVISIBLE
by Ghassan Halwani shows on April 23rd, 2019 in the program of Allerweltskinos at Off-Broadway in Cologne.


COUNTING TILES
by Cynthia Choucair can be watched in the program Beyond Spring, curated by Viola Shafik, on 25.4.2019 at 19.30h in the Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin.