Chronology of Palestinian cinema (1927-1999) compiled by Dr. Noemí Artal from Centro de Documentación sobre Cine Palestino & Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University. This chronology of films made by Palestinian filmmakers is part of an audiovisual inventory of the traces that history has left in the 20th century.
If you need a film or other type of media for your research, you can acquire it through Interlibrary Loan just as you would a book or article. You can also check with your local public library.
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Unfortunately, there is no single search that will display all streaming video in the online catalog.
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