- West Asian cinema
"West Asian cinema" refers collectively to the
filmoutput and film industries of the West Asia.
This particular refers to the sizeable industries of
Iran, and Turkey. By definition, it also covers the film industries of Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Georgia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestinian territories, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Cinema of Afghanistan
Cinema of Armeniais more substantial then the cinema of the Gulf nations
*"Namus", was the first
Armenian silent black and whitefilm (1925, Imdb title|title=Namus|id=0017195), describing the ill fate of two lovers, who were engaged by their families to each other since childhood, but because of violations of " namus" (a tradition of honor), the girl was married by her father to another person.
The Cinema of Bahrain is small, there being only three Bahraini-made films as of
2007, all directed by Bassam Al-Thawadi. The first Bahraini film dates from 1990.
There are lots of cinemas in the country showing a mix of Hollywood and Bollywood movies. In addition there is an annual film festival and a cinema club.
Bahraini Film Production Companywas set up in 2006 to help support the Bahraini and wider Arab film industry.
Al-Hajiz" ("The Barrier"; 1990)
A Bahraini Tale" (2006)
Films shot in Bahrain
Ajnabee" (2001) - an Indian film set in several countries including Bahrain
Afghan Muscle" (2006) - a Danish/Afghan feature-length documentary covering a group of Afghan bodybuilders who travel to the Middle East
Cinema 500 km" (2006) - a Saudi feature-length documentary about a young Saudi film fan who travels to Manama to attend a cinema, there being none in Saudi Arabia)
Cinema of Iraq
Cinema of Israel
Cinema of Iran: Iranian New Wave
Abbas Kiarostami- Director
Mohsen Makhmalbaf- Director
Majid Majidi- Director
The cinema of Kuwait is small. The first Kuwaiti film "
Bas ya Bahar" ("Cruel Sea") was released in 1972 with just a film or two per year. The movies aren't worldly known because of their lack of publicity. They are mainly made for the Gulf audiences. After the 90's Kuwait has developed it's theaters and cinemas, the new and developed national cinema company is "Cinescape". There 14 theaters in Kuwait presently.
Films shot in Kuwait
* "365 Boots on Ground" (American documentary; 2005)
* "Baraka" (American documentary; 1982)
Desert Sky" (American documentary; 2005)
Fires of Kuwait(American short documentary; 1982)
Les Anges" (Tunisian; 1984)
Lektionen in Finsternis(German short documentary; 1992)
Losing Ahmad" (2006)
VeTool" (short documentary; 2004)
Ahmad Al Sane's Life" (African documentary; 1976)
Khalid Al Siddiq
The cinema of Oman is very small, there being only one Omani film "
Al-Boom" (2006)as of 2007. Partly inspired by Samuel Beckett's " Waiting For Godot", " Al-Boom" (released in 2006), deals with the challenges facing a small fishing community. There is an annual film festival held in Muscat. A few Bollywoodmovies have been partly filmed in the country.
Films shot in Oman
Ajnabee" (Indian; 2001)
Awara Paagal Deewana" (Indian; 2002)
Sachein" (Indian; 2005)
Fool N Final" (Indian; 2007)
Khaled Abdul Raheem Al-Zadjali
Cinema of Palestine
Cinema of Saudi Arabia
Cinema of Turkey
United Arab Emirates
Cinema of the United Arab Emirates
The Cinema of Yemen is very small, there being only one Yemeni film as of
2007. Released in 2005, " A New Day in Old Sana'a" deals with a young man struggling between whether to go ahead with a traditional marriage or go with the woman he loves.
The film faced several difficulties in this very conservative country: an Austrian actor due to appear in the film was stabbed, the reluctance of Yemeni women to appear in the film forced them to cast a Lebanese woman in the lead female role and the set was stormed on the first day of shooting by a group of Islamic extremists. There were considerable problems with the government over the film and its content.Fact|date=April 2008
A New Day in Old Sana'a" (2005)
Films shot in Yemen
The English Sheik and the Yemeni Gentleman" (American; 2000)
Il Fiore Delle Mille e Una Notte" (Italian; 1974) - this film generated controversy in Yemen when it was discovered that the finished film contained sex scenes
Le Mura di Sana" (Italian short; 1964)
Le Schiave Esistono Ancora" (Italian; 1964)
List of Yemeni directors
Bader Ben Hirsi
East Asian cinema
South Asian cinema
Southeast Asian cinema
* [http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/mag/2006/07/16/stories/2006071600260500.htm The Hindu newspaper article covering the filming of 'A Bahraini Tale']
* [http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Countries/Oman/ IMDB entry for Oman]
* [http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Countries/Yemen/ IMDB entry for Yemen]
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