The Return to Homs
The Return to Homs is a 2013 Syrian-German documentary film written and directed by Talal Derki. It is produced by Orwa Nyrabia and Hans Robert Eisenhauer while Diana El Jeiroudi served as the associate producer, the film premiered in-competition at the 2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam on November 20,2013, as the opening film of the festival. The film premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 20,2014 and it won the Grand Jury Prize award at the festival. After its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Journeyman Pictures acquired the distribution rights of the film. The films TV rights has been sold to ARTE for France and Germany, NHK for Japan, RTS for Switzerland, SVT for Sweden. It served as the film at 2014 Human Rights Film Festival on March 28,2014. Their homes and dreams destroyed and in order to gain freedom, they are forced to change course Baset, the Return to Homs received mostly positive reviews upon its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Neil Young in his review for The Hollywood Reporter called the film An unflinching, rousing piece of civil-war reportage, literally dispatched from the conflicts front lines. Eric Kohn from Indiewire praised the film by saying that Return to Homs reveals a far more frenzied, with its climactic freeze frame, Derki captures the mens uneasy combination of desperation and triumph in a single image, With nowhere left to go, they still push ahead. Official Site The Return to Homs at the Internet Movie Database The Return to Homs at Rotten Tomatoes
King of the Sands
King of the Sands is a 2013 historical and biographical film, directed by Najdat Anzour, with the main characters starring Fabio Testi, Bill Fellows in the title roles. King of the Sands is a biopic of Ibn Saud, an emir of the central Arabian Al Saud clan, King of the Sands is presented as a landmark taboo-breaking film, depicting a dichotomous story. It presents an impoverished prince in exile who reconquers his ancestral lands and he exterminated the rivaling Emirs of Hail. He massacred his own troops, the Ikhwan, when they became a liability in the late 1920s. They had threatened the king’s relations with the British in Jordan and this film depicts Western imperialism as impinging on the monarchs independence, foreshadowing the kingdoms future entanglement in world affairs once the oil started to flow. Fabio Testi as Ibn Saud Bill Fellows as St John Philby Marco Foschi as Bin Saud Mohammed Rafee Adnan Abdul Jalil as Judge Amjad Hussain Hamida Salim as Ibn Sauds assistant The film is controversial.
The founder of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia draws criticism by the Saudi royal family, Najdat Anzour who directed the film is the son of the Syrian pioneer of Arab cinema, Ismail Anzour. Although Najdats reputation rest primarily on the production of epic TV series about important episodes in Islamic and Middle Eastern history and his latest, King of the Sands, falls into that category. At a press conference, on 18 April 2012, the director reported that he has received threats of lawsuits by unidentified parties trying to prevent the films release. Saudi Arabia’s authorities have reacted strongly to the film, talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, son of Abdul Azia al Saud and a senior member of the Saudi royal family, has described the film as a great disrespect to the kingdom’s founder. He said that “We have already made contacts with President Bashar al-Assad via a friend to bring the screening of the movie to an end in the Arab country”. He described Najdat Anzour as director of “Jihad al-Nikah” or “sexual jihad”, Anzour said he has received death threats over the film.
After the movie was screened in Damascus, a Saudi cleric, Adnan al-Ayed issued a fatwa authorizing the killing of Anzour as condonable and necessary. The preacher is said to have justified his fatwa by claiming that the director, although cinema is a red line in the modern Saudi Arabia itself, Saudi Royal authorities have attempted to ban the King of the Sands movie from screening in other countries. The film has shown in Damascus, despite attempts from a Saudi officials to have it banned in Syria. There is no report about public show of the movie in any other countries but a mixed reports about a private screening in London, controversial film on foundation of Saudi Arabia King of the Sands at the Internet Movie Database
Dreams of the City
Dreams of the City or Ahlam al-Madina is a Syrian feature drama film by director Mohamed Malas. It is a story of a boy forced to flee his native Quneitra to Damascus in the turbulent 1950s. Carthage Film Festival- Tanit dOr,1985, berlin International Film Festival - Interfilm Award - Honorable Mention,1985. Valencia Festival of Mediterranean Cinema - Golden Palm,1985, Ahlam al-Madina at the Internet Movie Database
Mohammad Malas is a prominent Syrian filmmaker. Malas directed several documentary and feature films that garnered international recognition and he is among the first auteur filmmakers in Syrian cinema. Malas worked as a teacher between 1965 and 1968 before moving to Moscow to study filmmaking at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. During his time at VGIK Malas directed several short films, after his return to Syria he started working at the Syrian Television. There he produced short films including Quneitra 74, in 1974. Along with Omar Amiralay he co-founded the Damascus Cinema Club, between 1980–81 Malas shot a documentary film, al-Manam, about the Palestinians living in the refugee camps in Lebanon during the civil war. The film was composed of interviews with the refugees in which he asked them about their dreams, filming took place between the Sabra, Bourj el-Barajneh, Ain al-Hilweh and Rashidieh refugee camps. During filming Malas lived in the camps and conducted interviews with more than 400 people, the Sabra and Shatila massacre of 1982, which claimed the lives of several people he interviewed, shocked Malas and he stopped working on the project.
He finally returned to it five years, and the film was released in 1987. Al-Manam won first prize at the 1987 Cannes International Audio Visual Festival but was not widely distributed, Malas directed his first feature film, Ahlam al-Madina, in 1983. The autobiographical coming-of-age film was co-written with Samir Zikra and received first prize at the Valencia, in 1990 Malas shot Nur wa Zilal, a documentary film about Nazih Shahbandar whom he described as Syrias first filmmaker. The film was banned by Syrian authorities and was allowed to be screened once in 1993 at the American Cultural Center in Damascus. Malass second feature film, al-Lail, was realized in 1992, the autobiographical film was set in Quneitra in the years between 1936 and the Arab–Israeli War of 1948. It forms, along with Ahlam al-Madina, the first and second parts of an unfinished project of Malass. Al-Lail received international recognition and won first prize at the 1992 Carthage Film Festival, the film was banned in Syria and was only screened for the first time in 1996.
Malas collaborated with Omar Amiralay on the 1996 documentary film, bab al-Makam, released in 2005, was Malass third feature film. A Dream of a Small City Quneitra 74 The Memory Dreams of the City The Dream Chiaroscuro The Night Moudaress Passion Ladder to Damascus Cinema of Syria Mohammad Malas at the Internet Movie Database
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An International Standard Serial Number is an eight-digit serial number used to uniquely identify a serial publication. The ISSN is especially helpful in distinguishing between serials with the same title, ISSN are used in ordering, interlibrary loans, and other practices in connection with serial literature. The ISSN system was first drafted as an International Organization for Standardization international standard in 1971, ISO subcommittee TC 46/SC9 is responsible for maintaining the standard. When a serial with the content is published in more than one media type. For example, many serials are published both in print and electronic media, the ISSN system refers to these types as print ISSN and electronic ISSN, respectively. The format of the ISSN is an eight digit code, divided by a hyphen into two four-digit numbers, as an integer number, it can be represented by the first seven digits. The last code digit, which may be 0-9 or an X, is a check digit. Formally, the form of the ISSN code can be expressed as follows, NNNN-NNNC where N is in the set, a digit character.
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Najdat Ismail Anzour is a Syrian television director of Circassian origins. His father Ismail Anzour is the director who made Taht samaa Dimashq, Syrias first silent film, Anzour graduated as a mechanical engineer, but credits his father with encouraging him to direct films. Initially, he created TV ads, and went into TV series, Anzour directed over 20 TV series with a distinctive style. They are mostly set in an ancient era, in the Arabian desert or oases, the series has more realistic fighting scenes and lots of night shooting. They often tell the story of conflicts, romance etc. Normally, his work is aired in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, romh Al Nar Searching for Saladin The Last Cavalier Roof of the World, based on Ibn Fadlans tenth century travels and set in Scandinavia. Qamar Bani Hashim, the first ever television biopic drama series based on the life of the Islamic prophet, Some of his recent films are aired by the Dubai based Middle East Broadcasting Corporation and aim to end the terrorism committed by Muslim extremists.
Although his work is supported by many Muslims, others object to his vilification of terrorist actions and this film was viewed by an estimated fifty million people. Renegades is one episode is a series called Always by Hatem Ali, in Anzours Renegades episode the subject is how the terrorists who bombed the London underground in 2005 were not true Muslims because they acted with violence. The episode points out that good Muslims were killed by the attacks as well as innocent non-Muslims, fania wa tatabaddad, the story of a 11-year-old girl abducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and rescued by the forces of the Syrian Arab Army. The movie shows tortures and abuses operated by Daesh in its conquered territories, re judiciary 2016 Oppression, Years of Torment is film whose production was due to start in 2008. The film is about the Libyan national hero Omar Al-Mokhtar, was written by Muammar Gaddafi, high-profile actors including Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Spacey and Ben Kingsley have been courted, albeit without any current confirmation.
At first Omar Sharif had been announced to be in the cast playing Omar Al-Mokhtar. However, He withdrew stating that he had engagements as a pretext. There are no recent indications, that filming ever commenced, new Syrian TV Show Angers Some Arabs. For Ramadan Viewing, A TV Drama Against Extremism, new York Times, July 6,2006. Ramadan TV Special Sends Anti-Terrorism Message, nPRs All Things Considered, September 11,2006