France / Cinema Middle East and debates in Paris


2015 sees the return of the biennial festival “The Middle East: What the Cinema Can Do” from November 20th to 29th in Paris, at the Les 3 Luxembourg cinema. This year 40 films will be screened, many for the first time in France. The festival will open with Amir Shomali’s animated documentary “The Wanted 18”, selected to represent the Palestinian Territories at the 2016 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Every evening after the screenings at 8:30pm there will be a discussion with experts to help the audience learn about and understand the major issues currently affecting the Near and Middle East: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the political chaos in Libya, the situation of women in Egypt, the Syrian crisis.

The full programme is available on the official website:

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