Mimosas

A caravan escorts an elderly and dying Sheikh trough the Moroccan Atlas. His last wish is to be buried with his loved ones. But death does not wait. The caravaneers, fearful of the mountain pass, refuse to continue transporting the corpse. Ahmed and Said, two rogues traveling with the caravan, promise to take the body to its destiny. But do they really know the way? – In another world, parallel and remote, Shakib is chosen to travel to the mountains where the caravan is. His assignment is clear: he has to help the improvised caravaneers to reach their destination. Shakib also doubts, this is his first mission.

Personal Affairs

In Nazareth, an old couple lives wearily to the rhythm of the daily routine. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor, their daughter is about to give birth while her husband lands a movie role and the grandmother loses her head… Between check-points and dreams, frivolity and politics, some want to leave, others want to stay but all have personal affairs to resolve.

Clash

Cairo, summer of 2013 – two years after the Egyptian revolution. In the wake of the ouster of Islamist president Morsi, a police truck full of detained demonstrators of divergent political and religious backgrounds roams through violent protests. Can the detainees overcome their differences to stand a chance of survival? [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]

Tahrir: Liberation Square

From Facebook thumbs up to the battle of stones, a history of hope, fear, despair, anger, pride and elation, the film is the real-time chronicle of the two most exciting weeks in the history of modern Egypt as lived by their protagonists. Since the 25th of January 2011, together with thousands of other Egyptian citizens, No ha, Ahmed and Essayed have been involved in a massive movement of street protest for political freedom. Day after day, sleepless night after sleepless night, until the capitulation of the defeated pharaoh, the film follows these young and unexpected heroes along their shattering fight to conquer their freedom.

Todos vós sodes capitáns

A European director is making a film with children from a social center in Tangiers. Because of his methods, his relationship with the children during shooting degenerate and transform the evolution of the project.

Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux)

A group of Catholic monks reside in the monastery of Tibhirine, where they live in harmony with the largely muslim population of Algeria. When a bloody conflict between Algeria’s army and Muslim Jihadi insurgents disrupts the peace, they are forced to consider fleeing the monastery and deserting the villagers they have ministered to. In the face of deadly violence the monks wrestle with their faith and their convictions, eventually deciding to stay and help their neighbours keep the army and the insurgents at bay.

Art/Violence

On 4 April, 2011 Palestinian-Jewish actor, director and peace activist Juliano Mer-Khamis was murdered. He was the founder of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, a Palestinian refugee camp on Jordan’s West Bank. The theatre aims to provide young people with a place to develop their own artistic resistance against patriarchal oppression and the Israeli occupation. “Juliano put us on stage and we will stay on stage.” Taking their inspiration from well-known literary protagonists, director Udi Aloni and three young Palestinian actors follow Juliano’s lead and use their radical imagination in an unpredictably brutal environment to create an artistic form of rebellion: Mariam Abu Khaled brings together Palestinian children from both sides of the wall for a performance of ‘Alice in Wonderland’; Udi Aloni transforms his grief following the loss of his friend into a trauma-loop in his adaptation of ‘Waiting for Godot’; and actor Batoul Taleb explores the meaning of friendship. Finally, Juliano’s daughter Milay investigates the mysteries of the male concept of honour and the male propensity for violence in her version of ‘Antigone’. [Courtesy of Berlinale]

As if We Were Catching a Cobra

Focusing on the work of cartoonists in Egypt, Algeria, Syria and Palestine, this documentary examines how comic strips and caricatures are becoming a vehicle for dissent and a voice for freedom of expression in the Arab world. (TIFF)

Always Brando

The contentment of community turns upside down as an American film crew invades its serenity. Seduction, greed, and betrayal devastates them all.

Fair Game

Plame’s status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq

Carlos

The story of Venezuelan revolutionary, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the OPEC headquarters in 1975 before being caught by the French police.