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752 Is Not A Number

On January 8, 2020, Hamed Esmaeilion’s life was torn asunder. Since then, he has struggled with loss, pain and agony. On that catastrophic day, Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 bound from Tehran to Kyiv was shot down by an Iranian missile. All 176 passengers and crew were killed, including his wife Parisa and nine-year-old daughter, […]

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Farha — A Palestinian Film About The Nakba

As Netflix began streaming Farha, a restrained Palestinian feature film that presents the Nakba in microcosm, the United Nations General Assembly voted to adopt a resolution to commemorate the seventy fifth anniversary of this event come next May. The resolution, sponsored by Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Yemen, the Palestinian Authority and Senegal, was passed on December […]

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The 90 Minute War

Turn off your reality monitor as you watch Eyal Halfo’s The 90 Minute War, which can be viewed on the ChaiFlicks streaming platform. This fanciful Israeli film is built around a wildly implausible plot: The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority have decided that the logical way to end their conflict is by means of […]

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Beneath The Silence

On the last day of the 1967 Six Day War, an Israeli army officer named Menashe comes under fire from enemy positions and his comrade-in-arms is killed on the battlefield. Six years later, Menashe is still struggling with its psychic fallout and is not the man he used to be. Having been traumatized by the […]

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Foreign Correspondent

Alfred Hitchcock’s second Hollywood movie, Foreign Correspondent, was released in mid-August 1940, a year after he left his native Britain to settle in Los Angeles. A spy thriller in the mould of his iconic 1935 film, The 39 Steps, it stars Joel McCrea as a hardboiled American reporter who’s dispatched to Europe on the eve […]

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Tehranto: Iranians In Canada

Faran Moradi’s Tehranto is premised on his belief that two types of Iranian immigrants live abroad — those who left Iran before the 1979 Islamic revolution and those who emigrated after that momentous upheaval. He applies this definition to two Iranian families at the center of his alluring romantic drama, which opened on VOD platforms […]

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200 Meters

The lives of Palestinian Arabs under Israel’s occupation of the West Bank can be circumscribed, given the presence of Israeli checkpoints and the closures that restrict their movements. Ameen Nayfeh’s feature film, 200 Meters, which opens in New York City theatres on November 18 and on digital platforms on December 6, delves into this troubling issue. The […]

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Babi Yar: Context

Sergei Loznitsa’s understated yet compelling movie, Babi Yar: Context, documents the monstrous German occupation of Ukraine, a province of the Soviet Union until its independence in 1991. To be screened online by the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation from November 10-13, it puts the Babi Yar massacre of 33,771 Ukrainian Jews in September 1941 into perspective. […]

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The Lancaster: The Bomber That Helped Turned The Tide of WWII

The Lancaster heavy bomber was probably the most feared British airplane during World War II. Swift and responsive, this iconic aircraft bombed military and civilian targets in Nazi Germany, helping the Allies turn the tide of the war and defeat Adolf Hitler’s despicable Nazi regime. Lancaster, a stirring documentary by David Fairhead and Anthony Palmer, […]

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The Mortal Storm

One of Hollywood’s first anti-Nazi feature films, The Mortal Storm was released in June 1940, nine months after the outbreak of World War II. A black-and-white Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production featuring an accomplished cast, it was directed by Frank Borzage and starred James Stewart as a German who opposes Adolf Hitler’s new Nazi regime. Hollywood moguls, many of […]