About a Palestinian girl of 17 who wants to get married to the man of her own choosing. Rana wakes up one morning to an ultimatum delivered by her father: she must either choose a husband ... See full summary »
Tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the... See full summary »
Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.
Felix van Groeningen
An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.
Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.
Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien,
Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the apartheid wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he's a freedom fighter ready to risk his life to strike at the occupation forces with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game-is he playing his Israeli handler (Waleed F. Zuaiter) or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side? Written by
I watched Omar (2013, directed by Hany Abu-Assad) last night and thought how well Abu-Assad translated a twisting, conniving, chaotic, and disruptive sociopolitical situation to the mis-en-scene and plot points of his film. The story hooked me the moment it began and didn't let go until the end, or perhaps even after it ended. My only complaint came from initially thinking that the plot points seemed forced and overly-contrived. However, once I had time to think and discuss the film with my wife Hannah, I began to see how the story followed the situation in the West Bank. The character's lives are surrounded by conceit and violence. They maneuver through their neighborhoods over walls and through back alleys. This mindset is encapsulated in the story.The acting and cinematography furthers its cause. We are left scratching our heads, but that's what the citizens of the West Bank do year-after-year and the I believe that's the greater point Abu-Assad is trying to make.
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