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Middle East Studies: Films

Guide to Middle East Studies: ancient, medieval & modern.

Middle Eastern Films

The UCSB Library has a rich collection of films from the Middle East (both feature films and documentaries), as well as many films about the Middle East covering the ancient to contemporary history of the region.

Below are the full list of feature films and the full list of documentaries. They include all films from and about the Middle East regardless of language. These are regularly updated.

The boxes below and to the right have links to lists by language and topics. 

Resources for the Study of Middle Eastern Cinema

Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film. 2001.

   REF PN1993.5.A65 C66 2001

Armes, Roy. Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East: a Dictionary. 2010

   REF PN1993.5.A65 A76 2010

Dalīl al-aflām fī al-qarn al-ʻishrīn fī Miṣr wa-al-ʻālam al- ʻArabī. 2002

   REF PN1993.5.E3 Q26 2002

Kronish, Amy. Israeli Film: a Reference Guide. 2003

   REF PN1993.5.I86 K76 2003

Armes, Roy. Dictionary of North African Film Makers. 1996

   PN1993.5.A35 A84 1996

Naficy, Hamid. A Social history of the Iranian cinema. 2011- 4 vols to date

   PN1993.5.I846 N34 2011

Umīd, Jamāl. Farhang-i fīlmhā-yi sīnimā-yi Īrān. 1998- 2 vols.

   PN1993.5.I7 U452 1998

Donmez-Colin, Gunul. The Routledge dictionary of Turkish cinema. 2014

   REF PN1993.5.T8 D667 2014


Middle Eastern Cinema Bibliography consists of books, journals, and videos relating to Middle Eastern cinema in the UCSB Library

Films in the Languages of the Middle East

The film lists linked below include both features and documentaries produced in one or more of the languages of the Middle East. Below you will find lists for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. These are the major languages in which we collect. The library does have films in other Middle Eastern languages, but there are not enough to make a special list.

Additional Resources

The Library subscribes to 2 resources which include many films about the Middle East or from the Middle East.


Ethnographic Video Online

      Includes documentaries 

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