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Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani’s exquisite documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry. The opulence of this Middle Eastern gas state is on full display as the men race SUVs up and down sand dunes, fly their prized falcons around on private jets, and take their pet cheetahs out for desert spins in their souped-up Ferraris. The result is a film jaw-dropping not only for its displays of wealth, but for the pure cinematic beauty that won Ancarani the Filmmaker of the Present award at the 2016 **Locarno Film Festival**. Official Selection at the **SXSW Film Festival**. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the **San Francisco International Film Festival**. *"Composed over three years, THE CHALLENGE is elegantly distilled, each image deliberately framed, the rhythm alternating between meditative tranquility and flurried agitation." - Liam Lacey, **POV Magazine***
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In February 2002 - about a year before the U.S. invasion - Iraqi filmmaker Abbas Fahdel traveled home from France to capture everyday life as his country prepared for war. No strangers to war, the Iraqis thought they understood what was coming, and could even manage to be grimly humorous about what they felt would likely be a major and lengthy inconvenience. And then, the war began. When Fahdel resumed filming in 2003, two weeks after the invasion, daily activities have come to a near standstill, the city is overrun with foreign soldiers, and many areas of Baghdad had been closed off to ordinary citizens. Iraqis endure, seemingly as unwitting as Americans themselves about what further tragedy awaits. Fahdel's epic yet intimate film paints a compelling portrait of people struggling to survive while their civilization, dating back to ancient times, is destroyed around them. Winner of a Sesterce d'Or at the **Festival Visions Du Reél.** Winner of a Silver Tanit at the **Cathage Film Festival.** “*The most significant work of art to come out of the Iraq war.*”- ***The Huffington Post***
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Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize at the **Cannes Film Festival**, Oliver Laxe’s stunning new film, MIMOSAS, is a breathtakingly-shot Western that follows a mysterious caravan carrying a dying sheikh into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Somewhere in the desert, a caravan is escorting an elderly sheik to the village where he was born. His last wish is to be buried with his loved ones. But death does not wait. Without their leader, the company grows fearful. And at the foot of a mountain pass, they refuse to continue, entrusting the body to two men who agree to carry on and bring it to its final destination. But who are these men? And do they really know the way? Meanwhile in another place, and seemingly another time, a stranger is chosen to find the caravan.
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After making his Sundance award-winning documentary, *Return to Homs*, Talal Derki returned to Syria where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Osama and his brother Ayman both love and admire their father and obey his words, but while Osama seems content to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. OF FATHERS AND SONS is a work of unparalleled intimacy that captures the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born. Short-listed for an **Academy Award** for Best Documentary. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the **Sundance Film Festival.** Nominated for Best Documentary at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards**. *"Clear, vivid and unshakeable. Sincerely eye-opening in its portrayal of inherited Islamist fervor." - Guy Lodge, **Variety***
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Ben Barka was the founder of the Moroccan left who went on to be one of the leaders of his country's struggle for independence. After his death, the "Ben Barka Affair" became the center of attention, while Mehdi Ben Barka was forgotten. The film combines first-hand testimony with archival records in order to trace the extraordinary development of this "Medina" child with a passion for mathematics and politics, and one of the leaders of the 1960s Third-World Movement.