The Arab world in Revolution(s)

TV Program

An overview of pre-programmed, as well as planned screenings. Core themes of the ARTE TV schedules relate to the turmoil in the Arab world. (Content is subject to change):


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Saturday, September 22nd 2012, at 6pm

ARTE Reportage
Syria: Benefits for the Kurds

52mn, France, 2012, ARTE

Every Saturday at 6pm ARTE Reportage is reporting about the latest incidents in politics all around the world. Andrea Fies and Nathalie Georges are the presenters of the program.

In the west of Syria the rebels of the Free Syrian Army are still fighting against the troops of the Assad Regime – in contrast to the north-east of the country. Syrian Kurds are settled down there and achieved some concessions within the dictatorship.
For many years the regime was suppressing any kind of liberating movement of the Kurdish people. At the beginning of the protests in March 2011 Kurds and a majority of Sunnis revolted together against the government. So far, Kurds remained to protest in peaceful manners. Bashar al-Assad was afraid the revolution could spread out over the whole country and tried to calm the north-east with concessions for the Kurdish people. The Kurds got more rights than before and were allowed to govern some of their cities in the north-east since the middle of July.   
For the first time ARTE journalists entered the Syrian Kurdistan. The area is economically strong due to rich oil deposits. However, this is one of the reasons why many parties have an interest in the region. Until now the Kurds are still holding on to their newly gained rights but the pressure from outside is constantly increasing.


Saturday, September 22nd 2012, at 7pm


Syria (2/2): Local consequences of the conflict
Regie: Frédéric Lernoud, Moderation: Jean-Christophe Victor
12 min, France, 2012, ARTE France

Every week Jean-Christophe Victor is looking at different maps around the world to explain geopolitical happenings. His ambition is to let the maps speak for themselves.  Jean-Christophe’s program  is broadcasted every Saturday evening.

Local and international groups are watching carefully the recent developments in Syria. The consequences of the conflict have extended beyond the country’s borders: refugee camps, political instability, economic effects… Jean-Christophe Victor is examining Syria’s relations to neighbouring states and how those are positioning themselves in the crisis.  


Saturday, September 15th 2012, at 7pm


Syria (1/2): The origin of the crisis
Regie: Frédéric Lernoud, Moderation: Jean-Christophe Victor
12 min, France, 2012, ARTE France

Every week Jean-Christophe Victor is looking at different maps around the world to explain geopolitical happenings. His ambition is to let the maps speak for themselves. Jean-Christophe’s program is broadcasted every Saturday evening.

More than one year ago the Syrian rebellion started and since then many people have been revolting against the authoritarian Assad-Regime that has been in power for over 40 years. Even though the Syrian opposition was created at the same time as the rising of the Arab Spring it has to be seen as a separate movement. To look at Syria’s historical background, geographical location, demography and economic situation helps you to understand the origin and cause of the Revolution.


Saturday, September 15th 2012, at 18.05pm

ARTE Reportage
Syria: The Rebels of Aleppo

52mn, France, 2012, ARTE

Every Saturday at 6pm ARTE Reportage is reporting about the latest incidents in politics all around the world. Andrea Fies and Nathalie Georges are the presenters of the programme.

This week the focus is on Aleppo, one of the largest cities in Syria and also main centre of rebel groups and the Free Syrian Army. Since the beginning of August the city has been under heavy shelling to defeat any kind of resistance. Step by step all civil infrastructure is being destroyed and many people try to escape the war zone.


Tuesday, 12th Mai, 22.15 pm


Documentary – ARTE France, Premières Lignes, 2012, 52 min
Directed by Stéphanie Lamorré

It is almost impossible to enter Bahrain as a journalist. At the end of April, when the kingdom hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix despite the problems rocking the country, reporters who tried to film the repression of the demonstrations were arrested. Unlike Egypt and Tunisia, this small monarchy in the Persian Gulf does not issue visas to the media. Crossing the border illegally, as in Syria, is not an option as Bahrain is an island. NGOs also have difficulty getting in to the country.

More Informations, video bonus, an interview and Ahlam’s Blog “Hidden stories about Bahrain”


Monday, 12 March 2012


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Documentary by Christophe Ayad and Vincent de Cointet (France, 2011, 1 hr 15 min)
Coproduction: ARTE France, Bonne Compagnie
As savage massacres of regime opponents continue in Syria, the autopsy of a humiliated Arab country taken hostage by the Assad clan.
Hundreds of people killed, thousands of arrests and as many refugees in Turkey and Lebanon. Caught in the whirlwind of the Arab Spring, Syria has been engulfed by horror. But despite the savagery of the repression, the opposition continues to stand up to the regime, demanding the departure of the ruling clan. Since its humiliation in the defeats of 1948 and 1967 against Israel, with the loss of the Golan Heights, the country has practised State terrorism at a level never yet equalled, while still managing to impose itself on the international scene. But who is Bachar al-Assad, this president capable of massacring his own people? What heritage was passed on when he succeeded his father Hafez in 2000? How have the Assad clan managed to hold onto power? Archive images, witness accounts from experts and the people involved: the film dissects recent events in Syria, exploring the history and the unconscious of a complex country, a key actor in the region.


Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The year of the spring – one year after

Germany 2011, SWR/ARTE
90 min.
A documentary film by Susanne Sterzenbach, Alexander Stenzel, Stephan Buchen and Lourdes Picareta

  Collectif shooting journal

Will an Arab Summer stem from the “Arab Spring”? And do these new movements also have an Autumn and Winter? It still remains to be seen whether countries like Egypt and Tunisia will become democracies, or whether Libya, Syria and Yemen will be able to free themselves from dictatorships. Or whether the revolutionary waves will be transmitted to other countries, too. But one thing is certain – the Arab world has changed. A year after the fall of the dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt, issues of societal and political changes in the Arab world are being analysed.


THE ISLAMIC ECONOMIC POWER (Die islamische Wirtschaftmacht)

Via two films, the theme-based evening offers a current review of the Muslim financial world and its huge, growing influence on the global economy.

From the bazaar to Wall street
(Vom Bazar zur Wallstreet)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       52 min.
Author: Jörg Bundschuh, Director: Matthias Heeder.
Vom Bazar zur Wallstreet (From the Bazaar to Wall Street) introduces people who are revamping the Golf states and Turkey – with innovative ideas – into modern centres of industry and service strategically, and who are using the influence of Islam to take financial decisions.

A tiger behind the weil – The awakening of the Islamic global economic power
(Tiger hinterm Schleier – Aufbruch der Islamischen Weltwirtschaftsmacht)
52 min.
Author: Pria Viswalingam
The film “A Tiger behind the Veil – The Awakening of the Islamic Global Economic Power” investigates which global demands the new Islamic economic powers are tied to. Above all, it takes a look at Islam in Asian countries like Indonesia.


Sunday, 2 October 2011

Special cinema programmes from the Arab world

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RED SATIN (Satin rouge)

France/Tunisia (2002)
Director: Raja Amari
95 min.
Lilia lives with her teenage daughter Salma in a middle-class district of Tunis. One night, when searching for Salma, she winds up in a “disreputable” belly-dancing bar. At first, Lilia is shocked. But then she is magically lured into the strange world by frivolity and a wild lust for life.

“Satin Rouge” is a film about female self-determination in an Arab country. It depicts the liberation of a woman from social domination. Gradually, Lilia metamorphoses from a reserved, hesitant house wife into a covetable, sensual dancer.

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France (2007)
Director: Lyes Salem
90 min.
A village somewhere in Algeria. Ostentatious know-it-all Mounir would like to be appreciated the way he is. His raw spot is that everyone mocks his sister Rym, who falls asleep at every opportunity. When Mounir returns home drunk one evening after having been in the city, he makes an announcement in the village square – a rich, foreign businessman has proposed to his sister. From one day to the next, Mounir becomes an object of desire. In the face of his lies, Mounir will change his family’s fate, without meaning to.

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France, Morocco, Germany (2006)
Script: Faouzi Bensaïdi
Director: Faouzi Bensaïdi
92 min.
Silently and anonymously, professional hit man Kamel works alone behind the glass facades of Casablanca. When computer hacker Hicham changes Kamel’s online hit list to a list of targets for revenge, Kamen’s life gets out of control. His attempt to meet up with traffic policewoman Kenza, whose voice he’s fallen in love with over the telephone, triggers a life-threatening adventure for both.

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CAIRO STATION (Bad el Hadid)

Egypt 1958
Director: Youssef Chahine
90 min.
With: Hind Rostom, Farid Chawki, Youssef Chahine
Kenaoui is a newspaper seller in Cairo’s main station and suffers from a limp. He’s head over heels in love with Hanouma, who makes a living as an illegal lemonade seller in the same station.
However, his amorous feelings for Hanouma are not reciprocated. Hanouma is already courting porter and unionist Abou Serih and their wedding is not far off.
Rejected and filled with blind jealousy, Kenaoui plans to kill Hanouma, but in doing so, attacks the wrong person without realising.

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Short film, Algeria 2010, Premiere Screening
Director: Abdenour Zahzah
22 min.
Mokhtar earns a living as a puppeteer. His son Nabil helps him, so as to learn the ways of his father’s job.

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 CONDEMNATIONS (Condamnations)

Short film, France/Tunisia 2010, Premiere Screening
Director: Walid Mattar
15 min.
January 2009, a suburb like any other in the capital city of Tunis. Four friends spend their time in a neighbourhood café. To begin with, they watch football matches on the TV. Then, images of war. But whatever appears on the screen of the small television glimmers. Everything is more interesting than the otherwise yawning void of boredom which makes up their daily routine.


Wednesday, 21 September 2011


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Documentary by Katia Jarjoura (France, 2010, 1 hr 15min)
Coproduction: ARTE France, AMIP
End 2010, Egypt, in the midst of the election period, is on the verge of explosion. Chronicle of a pre-announced revolution, the film lifts the veil on the uncertain future of a country preparing for its first elections since the end of the Mubarak era.
 December 2010. The crushing victory of the ruling party in the legislative elections generated popular fury against the dictatorship and across-the-board corruption. The spark of the Tunisian revolution set off the powder keg and hastened the fall of the regime after more than three decades of autocratic rule. Islamists, young Cairo bloggers, provincial workers, Copts from Alexandria…. They all invaded Tahrir Square and fraternized in a historic burst of enthusiasm. The documentary, filmed at the end of 2010, records their words before they embark on a new chapter in their history in another legislative election, scheduled, for the moment, in September.
Followed by a debate.