Global Muslim Cinema

Global Muslim Cinema

Alchemiya curates the very best of cinema from across the Muslim world. We carefully select films with a deeper, thoughtful and spiritual storyline that convey the realities, hopes, dramas and passions of everyday Muslim life.

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Global Muslim Cinema
  • Journey to Mecca: In the footsteps of Ibn Battuta

    Journey to Mecca is an IMAX® dramatic and documentary feature that tells the amazing story of Ibn Battuta, the greatest explorer of the Old World, following his first pilgrimage between 1325 and 1326 from Tangier to Mecca.

    His perilous journey resonates with adventure while presenting an unforge...

  • Ismail

    Inspired by a day in the life of Palestinian painter Ismail Shammout, Ismail tells the compelling story of a young man struggling to support his parents after their expulsion to a Refugee camp in 1948 by the Israeli forces.

    Awards
    Best Arab short film - Alexandria Film Festival | Egypt | 2014
    Be...

  • Nooreh

    An eight year old Kashmiri girl 'Nooreh' residing in a small village on the India-Pakistan border believes that she has discovered a solution to end the relentless cross firing.

    Set in Kashmir, the film introduces us to young Nooreh whose life in a small village on the Indian-Pakistani border is...

  • Muhammad: The Messenger of God

    By the order of Abraha, King of Habasha, one of his army commanders launches an attack on Mecca in order to destroy the Kaaba. He leads a well-equipped force composed of thousands of soldiers, horses and elephants. As the army approaches Mecca, the elephants respond to divine order by halting and...

  • David

    As the son of the Imam of the local Brooklyn mosque, eleven year-old Daud has to juggle the high expectations of his Father and his feelings of isolation and difference. A genuine friendship grows between Daud and Yoav, one of the Jewish boys, and his family. David, as he is known to the kids, is...

  • His Other Wife

    Based on Umm Zakiyyah’s bestselling novel “His Other Wife”, this short movie features recently divorced single mother Aliyah learning of a mystery man’s interest in marrying her. Meanwhile, Deanna, Aliyah's best friend and renowned marriage counselor, insists that Aliyah caused her own divorce an...

  • Mooz-Lum

    Amid a strict Muslim upbringing and a social life he's never had, Tariq enters college confused. New peers, family and mentors help him find his place, but the 9-11 attacks force him to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life.

  • The Willow Tree

    What if a man blind since birth was suddenly given the gift of sight? When the middle aged Youssef, a blind university professor, is given the chance to undergo major eye surgery in France, he finds his prayers answered. Leaving behind his loving wife and daughter, he finds a new lease of life in...

  • Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul

    The story of a blind dervish Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar, together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years.

    The film's complex and nonlinear narrative chiefly centers around the journey of a blind dervish...

  • God is Close

    Reza is a young man from a small village who has always been known to have a good heart. Reza encounters a woman who has come to teach at the local school and consequently falls head over heels in love with her. Love soon turns into obsession which threatens to consume his very existence as long ...

  • Abraham - The Friend of God

    M. Sadeghi stars as the title character in filmmaker Reza Varzi's epic retelling of the life and times of Abraham, known as the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the world's three most prominent monotheistic religions.

  • A Mercy to Mankind

    This film focuses on the The Year of the Elephant, the year of the Prophet Muhammad's brith. The film follows Abdulmuttalib, the Prophet's grandfather, his character and values and how he did his best to serve the pilgrims and protect the Kaaba leading to the start of Islam.

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  • My Short Words

    This film, inspired by Rumi and Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, follows three kids as they set off on an adventurous bike journey to swim in a lake, the journey turns into an unforgettable page in the story of their lives.

    On a hot summer day, three kids living in a poor Anatolian villiage go to a foun...

  • Captain Abu Raed

    An airport janitor who finds a pilot's hat discovers a calling forming a friendship with a group of poor children, convinced he is a true airline pilot.

  • Fatwa

    Brahim Nadhour, a Tunisian who lives in France, returns to Tunis to bury his son who died in a motorcycle accident. He discovers that his son was involved with a radical Islamist group. Brahim decides to conduct his investigation to find out the reasons behind his radicalisation and identify the ...

  • White Bridge

    Bahareh is disabled in an accident just after the start of the school year. The Ministry of Education insists she must continue her education in a special school. Bahareh refuses and tries to convince her former school to accept her. However, existing laws prevent the return of Bahareh to the reg...

  • Road to the Moon (Aydede)

    Losing his father at a very young age, Bekir lives with his mother Rabia and his grandfather, İlyas, who jointly run a haberdashery store. When his grandfather passes away, to spare him grief, young Bekir is told that his beloved grandfather has gone to the moon and to become "Grandpa Moon.” Beki...

  • Cycle (Devir)

    At the end of every summer, ‘Hasanpasa’ village holds a shepherding contest. The traditional contest requires shepherds to herd their sheep one by one through a pool of water. The shepherd who crosses the pool with his flock fastest and with least hesitation wins the contest. ‘Hasanpasa’s seasone...

  • Ashik

    The blind has no sight but can you see what he sees? "Ashik" is a love story inspired by the true story of Ashik Veysel, the prominent master of a thousand years old ashik (folk literature poet) tradition in Anatolia. By hitting the road with an enormous pain of love, Veysel matures himself with ...

  • A Cube of Sugar

    Pasandide is to marry an American man and join him in his native country. Pasandide's family comes together for the wedding ceremony at the home of Uncle Ezzatolah. The women cook and sew; the young children play hide-and-seek; one uncle looks for missing treasure in the garden. All is well in th...

  • Kissing the Moon-Like Face

    Foroogh and Ehteram are two old ladies with a close bond and a shared sense of loss with both their sons declared missing in action over 20 years ago. When Etheram is given the news that parts of her son's body have been found, she feels relief at finally knowing the truth. Yet she wants the same...

  • So Far So Close

    So Far, so Close' is an enthralling film that negotiates life, death and parental love. The story focuses on Dr Alam, who tragically finds out that his seventeen-year-old son is suffering from an inoperable condition. Beautifully shot, 'So Far, So Close' captures the efforts of father and son to ...

  • Ameen

    Ameen. A mysterious man on a mission. A damaged memory leads him to a least expected path of self-rediscovery. In a northern village close to the Thai-Myanmar border he faces the Chief and his gang of criminals. Every decision would change his life and the lives of others forever.

  • Adam

    On a journey home to save his daughter, a father meets strangers along the way and stories from the Quran are told during the journey that may change their lives forever.