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Middle East

The Nile Hilton Incident

So overflowing with atmosphere, this aspiring thriller can’t quite live up to the richness of its setting, Cairo, right before the Arab Spring.

Letters From Baghdad

An effective and fascinating portrait of Gertrude Bell, who helped establish the borders of Iraq and would aid in the formation of its government.

The Settlers

Who are the people accused of blocking peace between Israelis and Arabs?

Speed Sisters

Amber Fares’s documentary follows the Middle East’s first all-female car racing team as its members win races, feud among themselves, and cope with narrow provincial life.

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.

Barakah Meets Barakah | Toronto 2016

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

In Between | Toronto 2016

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

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.