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Review: Manijeh Hekmat’s “Bandar Band” Is An Empathetic Road Trip Through A Flood-Stricken Iran

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"Bandar Band" offers a portrait of young dreamers clinging to hope as they navigate through an environmental crisis in Iran.

Review: “Gaza Mon Amour” Is an Irresistibly Charming Film About Love And Desire

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In "Gaza mon amour," Palestinian filmmakers Arab and Tarzan Nasser offer a delightful look at a late-life romance within a conflict-ravaged territory.

Review: Egypt’s First Animated Feature “The Knight and the Princess” Champions Arab Storytelling

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"The Knight and the Princess" offers entertaining storytelling and a win for Arab representation in global animated cinema.

Review: “Cairo Station” Offers A Startlingly Prophetic Look At Toxic Masculinity

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1958 Egyptian classic “Cairo Station” provides an unflinching examination of psychosexual mental illness and gender-based crime.

Review: “Son-Mother” Dismantles A Family Unit In Mahnaz Mohammadi’s Heartbreaking Debut

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Iranian women's rights activist Mahnaz Mohammadi's debut feature "Son-Mother" offers a personal take on prejudice and patriarchy.

Review: Saeed Roustaee’s “Just 6.5” Brutally Depicts Iran’s Drug Crisis

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Iranian director Saeed Roustaee's second feature "Just 6.5" exposes the shocking truth of Iran's deepening drug problem.

Review: “Filmfarsi” Reveals A Hidden Side to Iranian History Through Exploitation Cinema

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Recovered from forbidden VHS footage, this enlightening film essay provides us with a look at Iranian history through a very different lens.

Review: Tunisia’s “Un Fils” Spotlights A Marriage and Country In Crisis

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Director Mehdi Barsaoui's "Un Fils" ("A Son") explores gender dynamics, healthcare, and a crumbling family in the wake of Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution.

Review: “The Perfect Candidate” Shows Saudi Arabia’s Evolving Women’s Rights Landscape

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Director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “The Perfect Candidate” depicts the challenges a female doctor faces when she runs for local office in Saudi Arabia.

Interview: Director Oualid Mouaness Talks “1982,” His Feature Film Debut

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Director Oualid Mouaness' film "1982" stars prominent actress Nadine Labaki and tells a coming-of-age story amidst the 1982 Lebanon War.

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