Middle East & Africa reviews


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'Capernaum': Cannes Review

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki delivers a powerful story about a 12 year-old boy who takes his parents to court

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'Sofia': Cannes Review

Debut set in Casablanca follows a young, unmarried mother as she gives birth

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'The State Against Mandela And The Others': Cannes Review

Documentary shines a light on the courage behind the epic struggle against apartheid

the harvesters c un certain regard

'The Harvesters': Cannes Review

A striking debut from South Africa’s Etienne Kallos

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'Dear Son': Cannes Review

Mohamed Ben Attia seals his reputation with this finely-drawn portrait of a father and his troubled son

3 faces 4 c cannes competition

'3 Faces': Cannes Review

A moving meditation from Iran’s Jafar Panahi

my favourite fabric 2 c un certain regard

'My Favourite Fabric': Cannes Review

A young woman explores her sexuality as Syria teeters towards war

rafiki c un certain regard

'Rafiki': Cannes Review

Kenya’s first film at Cannes brings a fresh energy to its central lesbian love story

Pig (khook)

'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.

Orchestra class

'Orchestra Class': Dubai Review

Rachid Hami’s French drama premiered at TIFF.

Kiss me not

'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

The deminer

'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