Inspired by the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which took place annually between 2008 and 2014, this collection originated with efforts to acquire copies of films that screened at that festival, in particular works of filmmakers from the UAE and the wider Gulf region. Additional works by filmmakers throughout the Arab world have been included, as those works have been used for teaching and research at NYUAD. To date, this collection comprises approximately 400 titles.
Features archives related to the festival and films shown therein, particularly short and non-commercial films and those by Emirati and regional filmmakers.
Hiner Saleem film script collection (MC.018). Screenplays from several films directed by this Kurdish filmmaker.
Kamal Aljafari collection (MC.086): Films, interviews, and other related materials documenting the career and work of Palestinian filmmaker Aljafari. Finding aid will be posted when available.
Vardan Hovhannisyan collection (MC.001): Raw footage from Armenian cameraman and documentary filmmaker Hovhannisyan, capturing the tumultuous times in his homeland in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when his camera witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union, emergence of an independent Armenian state, and war with neighboring Azerbaijan over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.