When director Philippe Aractingi is forced to leave his motherland for the third time, the realisation dawns on him: his ancestors have been fleeing wars for five generations. Exploring his... See full summary »
Living in exile in France for the past 25 years, Abbas Fahdel last year made Retour à Babylone, the occasion to return home, be reunited with his childhood friends and explore a reality ... See full summary »
George W. Bush,
Noha is about to get married. Her family is relieved to see her take advantage of this last chance before officially becoming a spinster just like her sister. Everything seems to be going ... See full summary »
In the wake of Israel's 2006 bombardment of Lebanon, a determined woman finds her way into the country convincing a taxi cab driver to take a risky journey around the scarred region in search of her sister and her son.
Nada Abou Farhat,
In 1980 the black Falashas in Ethiopia are recognised as genuine Jews. In turn they are secretly carried to Israel. The day before the transport the son of a Jewish mother dies. In his ... See full summary »
A Palestinian seeks Israeli permission to waive curfew to give his son a fine wedding. The military governor's condition is that he and his officers attend. The groom berates his father for... See full summary »
Mohamad Ali El Akili,
In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the... See full summary »
An aquatic poem that leaves a lasting impression in the mind
Dostoivski had predicted: "Beauty will save the world !" Writer-director Abbas Fahdel must share the same hope. His "Dawn of the World" is full of beauty beauty that stands next to horror. Quite original, the film evolves in a special temporality (made of long shots that give the film its particular rhythm) and in a redesigned space stretched between two extremes: that of the infinitely large (the desert, the swamps) and that of the infinitely small (the houses of reeds). Fadhel films the natural environment in the manner of Tarkovsky, plays on the contrast between land and water, between city and nature, and guide us to the heart of a devastated "Zone", formerly known as the ancient biblical Garden of Eden. Unforgettable !
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