Multiple awards will generate interest in Shawkat Amin Korki's dark tale of a director and producer battling the odds to make a feature about Saddam Hussein's Al Anfal massacre against the Kurds.
Abu Dhabi Film Festival
There's so much good in the first half of "The Man from Oran" that the unfortunate slide into meller territory disappoints but doesn't wipe away the trenchant cynicism that comes before.
Long fascinated by indigenous Huichol culture, noted Mexican docu/features helmer Nicolas Echevarria turns his artistically sensitive, respectful eye to master muralist Santos de la Torre.
Upbeat yet realistic docu about Morocco's Cirque Shems'y, a big top outfit with school attached catering to the country's underprivileged youth.
A straightforward, absorbing docu that follows a group of Syrian refugee women performing an adapted version of Euripides' "The Trojan Women" which incorporates their own stories.
"Dior and I" follows Raf Simons as he launches his first haute couture collection for Christian Dior, proving that the art of design, like all art, is more about vision than price-tag.
"Iraqi Odyssey" charts the vicissitudes of Iraq's troubled history via one clan's personal take on the last century, and while the 3D feels superfluous, the docu offers a multi-dimensional look at a…
Only the tragically absurd Israeli-Palestinian situation could transform the simple act of milking cows into a perceived threat to national security, yet that's the amazing story of Paul Cowan and…
Salib looks deeper than infertility and the deeply-rooted, fascinating pre-Islamic superstitions holding sway in the region, allowing her subject a fuller and sadder character not tied solely to…
Sophomore helmer Ali F. Mostafa's flat road movie would work better as a web series, where various episodes could stand alone rather than be forced to hold up an entire movie.