The setting is Tunisia on the eve of the 2010 Jasmine Revolution; a young woman attempts to retain her independence in the face of tradition and expectation in Leyla Bouzid’s sparkling debut feature.
An absorbing drama set after WWII against the backdrop of the Algerian War. After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers are scattered across the globe. Eventually they reunite in Paris, where freedom becomes a battle to be fought and won.
The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan was set up in 2012, one year after Syria broke out in violent evolution, and is now the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world with 80,000 inhabitants, over half of which are children. It is a virtual city with thriving markets and restaurants – even boasting its own twitter feed.
The contrasts between traditional and modern value systems in contemporary Tunisia are imaginatively explored through the titular character’s relationships in this engaging romantic drama.
Maria Jose (Salma Hayek) and her Irish husband run a bar in uptown Manhattan. On the evening of 9/11 it is heaving with shell-shocked locals and battle weary troops from the NYPD, united in disbelief, grief and anger.
Egypt 2013, president Morsi has been toppled; as riots break out a disparate group is rounded up into a police van in director Mohamed Diab’s bracing political allegory, the opening film of the Un Certain regard strand at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Niamh Nolan, Chartscript Aidan Sloan
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