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Theeb (Jordan/UAE/Qatar/UK 2014)

Here is one of the films of the year – a film both familiar and mysterious from a region with few cinemas and where filmmaking has traditionally been a struggle. Reading a little about the film before I watched it I thought this might be relatively conventional. I expected to enjoy the representation of the … Continue reading

When I Saw You (Palestine-Jordan-UAE-Greece 2012)

When I Saw You is an important film. Well-made and times very beautiful, it is perhaps a film that surprises in what it achieves. Significantly, it is one of the first Palestinian films to be made almost entirely with Arab money and to receive critical acclaim and commercial distribution within the Arab world. It deals with … Continue reading

Wadjda (Saudi Arabia-Germany 2012)

Undoubtedly one of the most important global films of the last twelve months, Wadjda is highly entertaining and very well-made but also raises a number of questions for film culture and film studies. Viewed simply as a ‘festival film’ that has ‘broken out’ into wider distribution, Wadjda comes across as a familiar feelgood narrative utilising … Continue reading

Five Broken Cameras (Palestine/Israel/France/Netherlands 2012)

Five Broken Cameras is an engaging and well-made documentary. It’s affective in making us feel the emotions of the filmmaker who was compelled to complete it and it deserves the praise it has received and the audience interest it has attracted. The events it portrays are shocking and in a civilised world they would be … Continue reading

LFF 2012 #3: El taaib (The Repentant/Le repenti, Algeria-France 2012)

By the time of my third film of the day, I was very tired and this was a demanding film in the circumstances. This interesting review from Cine-Vue suggests that the film was well-chosen as part of the ‘Debate’ strand of the festival (a slide on-screen announces this after you’ve sat through the rather tedious festival filmed … Continue reading

Another new Palestinian cinema

Great news, Palestinians in East Jerusalem now have the opportunity to go to the cinema again. The old al-Quds cinema, which was closed down a quarter of a century ago during the first intifada from 1987-1993 has re-opened as the Yabous Cultural Centre which includes a cinema. The opening programme included a ‘Freedoms Film Week’. … Continue reading

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