El Naser Salah el Dine

El Naser Salah el Dine
Genre:
Action, Adventure, Drama | Director: Youssef Chahine | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 90 minutes | Country: Global | Year: 1963 | Rating: NR

In the 12th century, Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, united Arabs across North Africa and Western Asia against the crusading Christians. After defeating Richard the Lionhearted, the legendary Saladin pledges that Arab Jerusalem will remain open to all pilgrims, whatever their religion.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 6.C.1.2, WH.H.2.4, WH.H.2.5

Salata Baladi

Salata Baladi
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Nadia Kamel | Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew, Italian, English Subtitles | Length: 105 minutes | Country: Egypt, Israel, Global | Year: 2007 | Rating: N/A

 Nadia Kamel’s heritage is a complex blend of religions and cultures. Her mother is a half Jewish, half Italian Christian who converted to Islam when she married Nadia’s half Turkish, half Ukrainian father. Prompted by the realization that her 10-year-old nephew was growing up in an Egyptian society where talk of culture clashes is all too common, she decides to let her mother, Mary Rosenthal, share their diverse family history. But, as she and Mary weave their way through the family’s fairy tales, they bump into silence around old prejudices concerning their estranged Egyptian-Jewish branch of their family living in Israel since 1948. Inspired to further challenge the boundaries between cultures, religions, and nationalities that are used to divide us, Kamel travels, along with her mother and nephew, to Israel and Italy and confronts fear and prejudice along the way.

NCSCOS Essential Standards:  7.G.1.2, WH.H.8.1, WH.H.8.2

Veiled Voices

Veiled Voices
Genre: Documentary | Director: Brigid Maher | Language: Arabic, English subtitles | Length: 57 minutes | Country: Global, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt | Year: 2009 | Rating: N/A

Women across the Arab world are redefining their role as leaders in Islam. Veiled Voices investigates the world of Muslim women religious leaders through the eyes of three women in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Filmed over the course of two years, Veiled Voices reveals a world rarely documented, exploring both the public and private worlds of these women. The stories featured in the film give insight into how Muslim women are now increasingly willing to challenge the status quo from within their religion, promoting Islam as a powerful force for positive transformation in the world. Each triumphs over difficult challenges as they carve out a space to lead—both in Islam and in their communities.

Lesson plans and viewing guides are available here.

The Mideast Center has a copy of this film that educators may borrow for free. Email mideast@unc.edu to request the film.

Also available on Netflix.