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Middle East Video and DVD Collection

With the greater availability of video and DVD titles from the Middle East, the Library has begun to collect a number of core titles to represent the history and development of cinema in the region.

Iranian cinema is probably the best-known of its kind among the international cinema competition circuit; the Library has been actively acquiring works of directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, Muhsin Makhmalbaf, and others.

The Arabic film, particularly Egyptian films, are starting to find their way into the collection and into the hands of users, especially those adaptations important Arabic literary works such as Taha Husayn’s Du‘a’ al-karawan.

Documentaries also abound, dealing with a wide range of socio-political issues in the Middle East, such as the story of a Algerian female taxi driver in Une femme taxi à Sidi Bel-Abbès; the history of the Taliban in Afghanistan in State of the Talib, and the last interview with Lebanese President Rafiq al-Hariri.

In addition to the Library, the Penn’s Middle East Center holds a number of documentary films in its Audio-Visual Lending Library.