Middle East & Africa reviews


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'Pig': Berlin Review

A bold and challenging film from the Iranian director of ’A Dragon Arrives!’

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'Red Cow': Berlinale Review

An assured first feature from Israel charts a forbidden love affair between two teenage girls


'Land': Berlin Review

Iran’s Babak Jalali sets his third film on a Native American reservation

This Is Home

'This Is Home': Sundance Review

Timely documentary about Syrian refugees attempting to settle in the United States

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'Camera': Dubai Review

A video camera found deep in the desert reveals the truth behind a series of mysterious deaths.

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'Cactus Flower': Dubai Review

Two Egyptian women find themselves thrown out onto the busy streets of Cairo.

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'Orchestra Class': Dubai Review

Rachid Hami’s French drama premiered at TIFF.

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'Kiss Me Not': Dubai Review

An actress who has found religion refuses to film an all-important kiss in Ahmed Amer’s feature debut


'Asphyxia': Tallinn Review

A run-down mental health hospital in Tehran is the setting for Fereydoun Jeyrani’s brooding and stylish thriller

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'The Deminer': IDFA Review

Winner of the Jury Prize at IDFA, this documentary looks at the reckless courage of an incendiary man in Iraq

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'Montana': Haifa Review

A debut from Israel which is surprisingly light on its feet, given the weighty matters it addresses

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'Razzia': Toronto Review

A complicated, time-travelling narrative from Nabil Ayouch which runs bestween the Atlas mountains and Casablanca

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'A Season In France': Toronto Review

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun takes an authentic look at the immigrant experience in France

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'Mektoub My Love: Canto Uno': Venice Review

Abdellatif Kechiche follows up 2013’s Blue is The Warmest Colour with a South of France-set summer romance


'Foxtrot': Venice Review

Samuel Maoz delivers a powerful follow up to Lebanon, which won the Golden Lion in 2009

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'This Is Congo': Venice Review

Stunning documentary tracks four characters through the beseiged northeast city of Goma

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'The Insult': Venice Review

An edgy fast-paced drama from Lebanon competes at Venice ’74.


'Wajib': Locarno Review

A family wedding in Palestine puts strain on a father-son relationship in this wry family drama


'More': Karlovy Vary Review

A tough-themed debut from actor Onur Saylak tackles the issue of refugees through the prism of a father-and-son trafficking operation

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'The Birds Are Singing In Kigali': Karlovy Vary Review

The last film from Krzysztof Krauze and his wife Joanna deals with the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide