Middle East & Africa reviews



'Adam': Cannes Review

A deceptively slender story marks an accomplished debut from Maryan Touzani


'The Orphanage': Cannes Review

A teenage boy in Afghanistan is sent to a Russian-run facility in this Bollywood-inspired follow-up to ’Wolf And Sheep’


'Papicha': Cannes Reviews

Mounia Meddour’s impressive debut feature about a free-spirited student is set in Algeria in the 1990s


'Atlantics': Cannes Review

Intense debut from French/Senegalese director Mati Diop strikes an intriguing note in Competition

For Sama

'For Sama': Cannes Review

Compelling documentary shot under al-Assad’s bombing of Aleppo is also heading to Cannes

THE UNKNOWN SAINT (c) Le Moindre Geste - Altamar films

'The Unknown Saint': Cannes Review

Alaa Eddine Aljem’s debut is a calling card for the young Moroccan director


'Flawless': Tribeca Review

A transgender teen navigates the social hierarchy at her new Jerusalem school


'Synonyms': Berlin Review

Nadav Lapid’s telling of his own life story

the operative

'The Operative': Berlin Review

Diane Kruger and Martin Freeman headline this Mossad spy thriller directed by Yuval Adler

Midnight Traveller

'Midnight Traveler': Sundance Review

A remarkable achievement from the Fazili family as they catalogue their flight from persecution

Mussolini's Sister

'Mussolini's Sister': IDFA Review

In Nazareth, the director’s formidable grandmother slowly teases out a life of hardship


'Kabul, City In The Wind': IDFA Review

Life goes on in Kabul, as its residents stuggle to rebuild and conquer their fears in IDFA’s opening film

On her shoulders

'On Her Shoulders': Review

Dir/ed/cine: Alexandria Bombach. US. 2018. 94mins

Rona. Azim's Mother

'Rona, Azim’s Mother': Busan Review

This prize-winner at Busan is also Afghanistan’s entry for the Academy Awards

Working Woman

'Working Woman': Busan Review

An of-the-moment portrayal of sexual harrassment in the post-#metoo era from Israel’s Michal Aviad

Welcome To Sodom

'Welcome To Sodom': Zurich Review

Documentary is set on a wasteground for the world’s electronics outside Accra, Ghana


'Halef': Adana Review

A Turkish man must contend with a stranger who believes he is the reincarnation of his dead brother

In Between

'In Between': Adana Review

A Turkish car mechanic struggles to overcome the language barrier in his search for love


'Kaos': Adana Review

Three men trapped in a cave by a storm reflect on their past misdemeanours

DACHRA Celluloid Dreams

'Dachra': Venice Review

School students uncover the mysteries of a creepy village in this Tunisian horror