Middle East & Africa reviews


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‘Coup 53’: London Review

’A sharp-eyed history lesson that unfolds with the pace and fascination of thriller’

Walking With Shadows

‘Walking With Shadows’: London Review

A wife discovers her husband is gay in this exploration of queer Nigeria

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‘The Cave’: London Review

Feras Fayyad’s award-winning documentary follows a female doctor in an underground hospital in Damascus

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‘143 Sahara Street’: Hamburg Review

The elderly proprietor of an isolated Algerian roadside cafe is the subject of this evocative documentary

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‘Noura’s Dream’: San Sebastian Review

In working-class Tunis, little has changed for women in Hinde Boujemaa’s fiction debut


‘Africa’: Toronto Review

Oren Gerner turns the camera on his own family for this portrait of an ageing man railing against inconsequence

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‘Hava, Maryam, Aleysha’: Venice Review

With her debut feature, Sahraa Karimi explores the lives of three Afghan women


‘Moffie’: Venice Review

A young South African man struggles to hide his homosexuality in 1980s military service


‘A Son’: Venice Review

Tense family drama set in Tunisia in 2011


‘The Perfect Candidate’: Venice Review

Director Haifaa Al Mansour returns to her native Saudia Arabia for this story about an aspiring female politician


'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

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'For Sama': Cannes Review

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

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'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

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'The Operative': Berlin Review

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

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'Midnight Traveler': Sundance Review

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