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Finding Films in George

There's a list of Documentary Films on and from the region, arranged A to Z, by title.  Looking for documentary films in Arabic (or another language)?  In GEORGE, search SUBJECT = "Documentary Films", then LIMIT your search to LANGUAGE = Arabic (or Persian or Turkish, etc.)

To find Arabic feature films, first consult the list in the box labeled Multimedia Resources, where there are A-Z title lists of feature films, by language.  Don't what you are looking for?  In GEORGE, search SUBJECT = "Feature Films", then LIMIT your search to LANGUAGE = Arabic (or Persian or Turkish).

Looking for feature films in a particular dialect?  Search SUBJECT = Films for Foreign Speakers in GEORGE, then you will find something similar to this:

Arabic language -- Dialects -- Algeria -- Films for foreign speakers  

Multimedia Resources

All films on the Arab world or the Middle East, or in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish languages are listed in GEORGE, the library catalog.  

ALL DVDs are now shelved by topical call number (for documentary films) or by language (for feature films) on the 2d floor of Lauinger Library (see the shelving just outside the Midnight Mug); this collection is now browsable.  If the film you want is available only in VHS format, you will need to request it from Off-Campus Shelving (OCS); equipment for viewing VHS tapes is available in the Gelardin New Media Center on the 1st floor.  All Georgetown University students/faculty/staff may borrow an unlimited number of films for one week; for more information on the borrowing periods, see this page

More information about many of these films can be found by consulting GEORGE. New films are added to GEORGE weekly; the location for the newest films is "DVD Spotlight".

Titles cited in GEORGE are taken from the label or box, thus the romanization used may not be systematic, some have translated titles, etc.




Palestinian Cinema

Chronology of Palestinian cinema (1927-1999) compiled by Dr. Noemí Artal from Centro de Documentación sobre Cine Palestino & Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University.
"This chronology of films made by Palestinian filmmakers is part of an audiovisual inventory of the traces that history has left in the 20th century. It consists of the (transliterated) original title and a translation into English and Spanish of 281 films (on-going research)."

Even if you do not read Spanish, most of the titles are fairly easy to identify in the lists; when you click on the links to individual films, you get an image of the container, with the title in Arabic, English, French, etc.

Many of these films are in our library's collection; you can find them by searching by title in GEORGE.

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