With all the hype and the hyperbole of the Western media these days, reading the news headlines or watching a movie about the Middle East is enough to make your headspin. Sometimes you need to take yourself into a personal journey in order to understand the intricacies of any situation - away from Hollywood’s “artistic license” and sometimes institutionalized “Orientalism”. And that’s where the documentary comes in - the humble artform that strives to shed light on issues and get you thinking.
Now that everyone has an opinion on the Middle East - whether it's on the Palestine-Israel issue, the Syrian conflict or the U.S.’ past wars in the region - sometimes the best way to clear your muggy head is to immerse yourself in some non-fiction. Yes, bias does still exist in the realm of documentaries, but in a film genre that has no boundaries, you can’t help but learn.
So, to help clear your muddled brain when it comes to the Middle East, sit back and relax - in front of these 12 thought-provoking must-see documentaries on the hot-bed region of news.