Middle East & Africa reviews


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Haifa Film Festival unveils programme featuring 77 Israeli titles

The competition sections will showcase 72 new Israeli works.


'M.': Locarno Review

A strong documentary of abuse and survival in a closed community in Israel

Here And Now

​ ‘Here and Now’: Jerusalem Review

Hip-hop drama set in an Israeli slum is an engaging debut from Roman Shumunov


'Cause Of Death': Jerusalem Review

A feature debut documentary looks at a fatal shooting in Tel Aviv in which all was not how it seemed


'Redemption': Jerusalem Review

A devout father is faced with a dilemma when trying to raise money for his daughter’s potentially life-saving treatment

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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

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'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

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'3 Faces': Cannes Review

A moving meditation from Iran’s Jafar Panahi

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'My Favourite Fabric': Cannes Review

A young woman explores her sexuality as Syria teeters towards war

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'Rafiki': Cannes Review

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

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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.