Film-Forward

Middle East

Disturbing the Peace

All they are saying, in Hebrew and Arabic, is give peace a chance.

Sand Storm

Balancing Bedouin tradition and modern life is a rocky path for women.

In Between | Toronto 2016

A gem from Israel about three female Palestinian roommates in Tel Aviv. Tough and touching.

Barakah Meets Barakah | Toronto 2016

One of the more pointedly political (and funny) Middle Eastern films to play the festival circuit of late.

A Hologram for the King

This coming-of-middle-age film gives us a hero who has nothing and plops him in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert. It becomes a subtle examination of aging and alienation that isn’t afraid to laugh at itself.

Our Man in Tehran

Directed by Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein Canada. 85 min. Not rated This 2013 documentary retells the real-life story of the six U.S. Embassy workers who sought refuge from the Canadian ambassador while their co-workers were taken hostage in Iran in 1979. This saga was depicted in Oscar-winning fashion by director/star Ben Affleck in his […]

Rosewater

Directed by Jon Stewart Produced by Scott Rudin, Jon Stewart, and Gigi Pritzker Written by Jon Stewart, based on the book Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari Released by Open Road USA. 103 min. Rated R With Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Halah Bilginer, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dimitri Leonidas, Claire Foy Jon […]

Point and Shoot

Edited, Written, and Directed and edited by Marshall Curry Produced by Curry, Mr. Matthew VanDyke and Elizabeth Martin Released by the Orchard USA. 82 min. Not rated Most of us have moments when we are not comfortable in our own skin and not sure of who we are. Most of us might switch jobs or […]

The Green Prince

Written and Directed by Nadav Schirman, based on the memoir Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef Produced by Schirman, John Battsek and Simon Chinn Released by Music Box Films Germany/Israel/UK. 101 min. Rated PG-13 This summer’s front page photographs from Gaza of masked Hamas gunmen executing accused collaborators with Israel gives The Green Prince […]