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The First Arab Cinema Center Outside the Arab World 2 Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in Arabic Language, Culture

Marhaba! I hope you all enjoyed learning about the first Arab Cinema Center in Berlin! Well, it would have been ideal to have this in the Arab world; however, this is still a very good development. Don’t forget to watch the Academy Awards show tonight. It’s a great opportunity to honor and value the best films from last year. As you all might know, two Arab films and one Arab documentary were nominated last year (2014) for Oscars- the first film called ‘Omar’; the second film called ‘The Square’; and the documentary is called ‘Karama Has No Walls.’ In this post, I want to provide you with the answers to the reading comprehension exercise, and with the trailers and plots of these three Oscar nominated features. As always, comprehension exercises can you help learn Arabic in a very efficient and user-friendly manner. If you like trailers, then go out and rent or purchase the movie. This will also help you improve your Arabic in a fun and friendly manner!

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تمّ الإعلان عنه للمرة الأولى في برلين
1. It was announced for the first time in Berlin

يضمّ المركز 11 مؤسسة وشركة سينمائية عربية
2.The Center contains 11 companies and organizations for Arab cinema

تتواجد “مؤسسة الدوحة للأفلام” في مهرجان “برلين السينمائي الدولي” من أجل الدعاية للدورة الأولى من مهرجان “قمرة الدوحة السينمائي” الذي ينطلق في آذار (مارس) المقبل
3. The Doha Film Institute is present at the Berlin International Film Festival to advertise for the first round of the Qumra Film Festival that launches next March

الأفلام الوثائقية الطويلة، الأفلام الروائية القصيرة، وأفلام التحريك
4. Long documentary film, short drama film, animated film

5. Translation of the sentence to English:

فيما يغيب الدعم الحكومي للسينما العربية في المهرجانات الدولية، يحاول سينمائيون من دول عربية البحث عن بقعة تحت الضوء في الدورة الـ 65 من “مهرجان برلين السينمائي الدولي” عبر تدشين مركز “السينما العربية”.
While governmental support for Arabic cinema is missing in international festivals, cinematographers from Arab countries are trying to find a place under the spotlight in the 65th Berlin International Film Festival by inaugurating a center for Arab cinema.

A tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he’s either a freedom fighter or a terrorist-you decide-ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game-is he playing his Israeli handler (Waleed F. Zuaiter) or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side? Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) has made a dynamic, action-packed drama about the insoluable moral dilemmas and tough choices facing those on the frontlines of a conflict that shows no sign of letting up. (c) Adopt Films
(Taken from Rotten Tomatoes)

The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces: from a brutal army dictatorship willing to crush protesters with military tanks, to a corrupt Muslim Brotherhood using mosques to manipulate voters.(c) Official Site
(Taken from Rotten Tomatoes)

‘Karama has no walls’ is set amidst Yemen’s 2011 uprising. The film illustrates the nature of the Yemeni revolution in stark contrast to the gross violations of human rights that took place on Friday, March 18th 2011. Juma’at El-Karama (Friday of Dignity) marks a turning point in the Yemeni revolution as the tragic events that took place on this day -when pro-government snipers shot dead 53 protestors – shook the nation and propelled hundreds of thousands more to flock to the square in solidarity with their fellow citizens. Through the lenses of two cameramen and the accounts of two fathers, the film retells the story of the people behind the statistics and news reports, encapsulating the tragic events of the day as they unfolded.
(Taken from Rotten Tomatoes)

For now take care and stay tuned for upcoming posts!
Happy Learning!
Have a nice day!!
نهاركم سعيد

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Salam everyone! Born as an American to two originally Arab parents, I have been raised and have spent most of my life in Beirut, Lebanon. I have lived my good times and my bad times in Beirut. I was but a young child when I had to learn to share my toys and food with others as we hid from bombs and fighting during the Lebanese Civil War. I feel my connection to Arabic as both a language and culture is severing and so it is with you, my readers and fellow Arabic lovers, and through you that I wish to reestablish this connection by creating one for you.