Khaled (Ahmed El-Fishawy) is a respected junior cleric in Alexandria whose seemingly stable life becomes derailed by the news of Michael Jackson’s death on 25th June 2009; succumbing to long-suppressed feelings of turmoil and anxiety, he begins neglecting his wife and child and slipping up while leading prayers at his mosque. Flashbacks to his teenage years, when he was nicknamed ‘Jackson’ on account of love for the King of Pop, explore the causes for his present unravelling which has much to do with his fraught relationship with his gym-owning, former-bodybuilder father who cannot comprehend his son’s obsession with the superstar singer.
Caramel tells the stories of four women in Beirut. The women face the tests of love, friendship, marriage and family; all to the sweet backdrop of caramel.
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A minor altercation escalates into a dispute that comes to encapsulate the lasting legacy of the Lebanese Civil War in Ziad Doueiri’s incendiary drama, a recent nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. While renovating the façade of a building in Beirut, Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee and now a construction foreman get into a squabble over a broken drainpipe. Harsh words are exchanged and insults thrown, and soon the two men are locked in a lengthy courtroom battle that becomes a lightning rod for political groups and the media.
A documentary portrait of an isolated rural Amazigh village in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, House in the Fields is a portrait of a community that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years despite being confronted by the rapidly accelerating socio-political realities of the country at large. The film observes and faithfully records the lives of the villagers, specifically two teenage sisters: Fatima, who must give up school to prepare for her wedding in Casablanca, and Khadija who dreams of becoming a lawyer, provided the male elders approve.
The paths of three cross-generational characters overlap and interconnect in Karim Moussaoui’s Until the Birds Return, an ambitious triptych that attempts to gauge the mood of contemporary Algerian society from multiple perspectives: a property developer who witnesses a crime; a young woman being driven to her wedding by a man with whom she has a history and a neurologist who is possibly guilty of wartime wrongdoing. Moussaoui’s accomplished debut feature premiered to acclaim in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival.