For films, also choose Material Type: VIDEO/VISUAL and put film* in search box.
For literature (novels, poems, short stories), it's best to search in English for an author, and find the standardized way that his/her name is spelled in English library catalogs.
You can browse for Arabic literature in the Main Library on 4th floor West side, beginning at call number PJ7501.
Literature is organized by country.
For example Nawal El-Saadawi is Saʻdāwī, Nawāl. and many of her works can be found at call number PJ7862.A3