A spirited and moving profile of an informal, independent group of surfers finding escape from the hopelessness of life in Gaza via that most free-spirited of sports.
Clearly stories from the Yazidi community deserve further cinema exposure, but until then, "The Dark Wind" is a respectable beginning that builds to a certain power.
Sherif El Bendary's feature debut is a buddy film with surrealist touches, crowned by an unexpectedly warm-hearted finale that asserts the primacy of love.
The documentary offers fresh perspectives on Lebanon's scarred history, focusing on a tenacious older man struggling against the sectarianism that's blotted out memories of a more amicable past.
Mohamed Rashad's splintered documentary only fitfully succeeds in illustrating the slogan "the personal is political."
Utilizing populist forms to highlight inequality and injustice, "The Preacher" strips away layers of hypocrisy to show a ruling elite using religion to maintain power.
A nicely played story of a man who discovers the father he never met had another family, told with warmth and a depth that wasn't so apparent from the beginning.
Thomas Kruithof's debut boasts a skillfully crafted script that keeps audiences tensely guessing the outcome until the delicious "did that just happen?" denouement.
Pietra Brettkelly evocatively layers damaged archival images, potently interspersing them with footage chronicling the rebirth of Afghan Films.
Fun and engrossing, with enough tension and sex thrown in to satisfy most viewers, this handsomely packaged thriller is ripe for multi-national remakes.
Uninspired direction and an embarrassing recourse to national stereotypes in a bid for cheap laughs mars the few charms of Karen Di Porto's semi-autobiographical debut.