On March 5, 2007 the Middle Eastern Studies Program launched the first film in SU’s inaugural Middle East film festival, which was founded by the Chancellor’s Feinstone Grant for Multicultural Initiatives. For a period of five weeks the program provided students and the greater Syracuse com- munity the opportunity to view some of the region’s most important films. The series began with the highly acclaimed and politically charged film Paradise Now that explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by tracing the lives of two Palestinians who are chosen to go on a suicide mission into Israel. In the following weeks, the screened films included Children of Heaven (Iran), Turtles Can Fly (Iraq), and Yol (Turkey).