The 86th Annual Academy Awards could be a milestone for Middle Eastern cinema. The region has put out some incredible films recently, many of which have garnered international attention.  These films are, at their core, about human experience. They’re about love, hope, and grief; they are about obstacles and overcoming them, and they are about conflicts and resolutions. Here are some of the best, recent Middle Eastern films that finally give women the voice they deserve.

1- Circumstances (2011), Iran

2- The Patience stone (2012), Afghanistan

3- Where Do We Go Now (2011), Lebanon

4- When I Saw You (2012), Palestine

5- Wajma, an Afghan Love Story (2013), Afghanistan