A counterbalance to the disturbingly negative depiction of Muslims in the West, "Bilal" pushes the religion's principles of social justice, though also accentuates its warrior origins.
Tunisian helmer Leyla Bouzid premiered her debut feature "As I Open My Eyes" at the Venice Film Festival, where it picked up the first of many subsequent awards on its travels through Toronto…
Alberto Caviglia's mockumentary is an audaciously hilarious, at times shockingly biting satire on anti-Semitism that uses exaggeration to maximum effect.
Two of the Arab world's longest-running film festivals concluded their 2015 editions in the last couple of weeks, both valiantly trying to offset safety concerns with full programs of screenings and…
A two-bit criminal loser stumbles upon his powers Toxic Avenger style and learns to care about humanity thanks to a traumatized woman convinced he's the Japanese manga character Steel Jeeg.
Directed with arresting yet subtle flair by Svetla Tsotsorkova, the film combines chamber piece elements with sensitivity to landscape, light, and the ways people observe each other.
Composed of black-and-white images shot by eight cameramen in St. Petersburg in 1991, "The Event" vividly captures the shift from bewilderment to empowerment as the people became ever emboldened in…
A pleasant but slight pic buoyed by adolescents newcomers who aren't to know that ineffectual teachers, invisible parents, and cool kids vs. nerds are all yawningly standard-issue fare.
Things take a dive in the second half of "Angry Indian Goddesses" when the enjoyable femme-centric stereotype bashing gets overwhelmed by too many of-the-moment subthemes.
An impressively self-lensed poetic exercise in controlled righteous outrage that shifts from the desiccating blight of coal mining to the hellish conditions in iron foundries.
Parvez Sharma's strident docu is a jihad against Saudi Arabia's fundamentalism, puffed up with self-righteousness and sensationalizing every step of his pilgrimage to Mecca.