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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

'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

'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

The Announcement

'The Announcement': Venice Review

Comedy of the absurd relates a long-forgotten attempted coup in Turkey

Tel Aviv On Fire

'Tel Aviv On Fire': Venice Review

A fictional TV soap opera is the backdrop for intelligent commentary on Israeli-Palestinian relations

M.

'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

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'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

'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

sofia 3 c wiame haddad

'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

dear son 3 c quinzaine

'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

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