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Mec Film

Films by Arab directors


Welcome to mec film!

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

  • The films in the International Catalogue vary in length and genre and can be booked by cinemas, festivals, cultural and educational institutions or social centres. The films all 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 distributed in cinemas in Germany and are subtitled in German, they 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 Arab World in 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

mec film is proud to announce the international distribution of the new film by Larissa Sansour & Soren Lind. This short sci-fi was commissioned by the Danish Arts Foundation for the Danish Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2019.

Ghassan Halwani wins the award for the Best Feature Documentary at the Malmo Arab Film Festival (Sweden) as well as the Ogawa Shinsuke Prize for best film in the section New Asian Currents of Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (Japan). In October the film also shows at the Bogota International Film Festival (Colombia),  San Fransico Arab Film Festival (USA), the Cinema Days in Palestine, the Nuernberg International Human Rights Film Festival (Germany) and PerSo - Perugia Social Film Festival (Italy). Furthermore it is part of the exhibition Beirut Lab: 1975(2020) at the University Art Galleries of the University of California in Irvine (USA).

by Cynthia Choucair wins the UNHCR AWARD as Best Feature Film on Refugee Theme at CineMigrante in Argentina. In October the film shows at the 'New Women's Voices in Lebanese Cinema' program in Manchester (UK).

Firas Khoury's short film shows at the Doha Palestine Cinema Festival (Qatar) in October.

by Cherien Dabis shows, in the presence of the director, in the children's program of the Palestine Cinema Days in different cities in Palestie. The festival is taking place in different Palestinian cities, among them Bethlehem, Gaza, Jerusalem, Nablus and Ramallah.

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

by Annmarie Jacir will be theatrically released by mec film in Germany on September 19th, 2019.

since 19.9.2019    Berlin (Wolf Kino)
since 19.9.2019    Hamburg (3001 Kino)
since 19.9.2019    Munich (Werkstattkino)
since 20.9.2019    Bonn (Kinemathek)
10.-23.10.2019     Nürnberg (Filmhaus)
from 24.10.2019   Oldenburg (cine k)
from 31.10.2019   Bad Urach (forum 22)
3.+13.11.2019      Wiesbaden (Caligari Filmbühne)
6.11.2019              Cologne (Filmpalette)
from 10.11.2019   Weingarten (Die Linse)
from 14.11.2019   Bremen (City 46)
all updated screening dates