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10 ON TEN (Abbas Kiarostami, 2004)
'Abbas Kiarostami has had extensive influence on world filmmaking over his 30-year career, particularly in Iran and developing countries. 10 on Ten,a self-contained masterclass on cinema, succinctly … Read more

ALMOST THERE (Sigal Yehuda, Joelle Alexis, 2004)
Almost There Greece/IsraelAlmost There is an intimate and inviting documentary that traces the lives of two Israeli lesbians whose search for happiness leads them to the Greek island paradise of Myko… Read more

ARNA's CHILDREN (Juliano Mer Khamis, 2004)
Arna's Children Palestine/Israel/Netherlands'This must-see doco penetrates a Jenin refugee camp to follow several Palestinian children from laughing kids in a theatre group to grim actors on a grisli… Read more

BEMANI (Dariush Mehrjui, 2004)
Bemani Iran ... Recalling the searing film The Circle (MIFF 2001), this courageous film from Dariush Mehrjui (The Pear Tree, MIFF 1999) examines the tragedy of Iranian women struggling to lead normal… Read more

BOY WHO PLAYS ON THE BUDDHAS OF BAMIYAN, THE (Phil Grabsky, 2004)
The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan UK/Afghanistan 'Compelling' Watching it is a reminder that you don't necessarily need massive budgets to be a distinctive voice. But you do need mavericks … Read more

CONTROL ROOM (Jehane Noujaim, 2004)
Control Room USA/EgyptControl Room goes behind the scenes of Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based Arab television network, and Central Command, the US media village, during the recent US-led invasion of Iraq,… Read more

DEATH IN GAZA (James Miller, 2004)
Death in Gaza USA/UK'Death In Gaza is a perceptive and compassionate piece of reportage' It doesn't seek to editorialise or take a broader view of history but works primarily on a human interest leve… Read more

FILM SCHOOL 1993-2002 GENERATION: THE SAM SPIEGEL FILM SCHOOL 2003+ (, 2004)
Generation: The Sam Spiegel Film School 1993-2002 IsraelThe Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem has been producing award-winning short films since the start of the 1990s, and this year the Festival … Read more

FIVE (Abbas Kiarostami, 2004)
Five Iran/FranceOne of the two Abbas Kiarostami films to be screened at this year's Festival'both of which premiered at Cannes this year'Five is an utterly contemplative and meditative abstract work.… Read more

FORGET BAGHDAD (Samir, 2004)
Forget Baghdad Switzerland/Germany'[Director] Samir travels to Tel Aviv to talk to older Iraqi Jews, his father's comrades, about 'what it's like to become the enemy of your own past'. His charming, … Read more

GENERATION: THE SAM SPIEGEL FILM SCHOOL 1993-2002 (, 2004)
Generation: The Sam Spiegel Film School 2003+ IsraelThe Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem has been producing award-winning short films since the start of the 1990s, and this year the Festival pres… Read more

JAMES' JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM (Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, 2004)
James' Journey to Jerusalem (Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh) Israel'a charmer' which turns an ironic mirror on a certain portion of contemporary Israeli society through the eyes of an ingenuous mig… Read more

JOY OF MADNESS (Hana Makhmalbaf, 2004)
Joy of Madness (Lezate Divanegi) Iran Joy of Madness is the remarkable debut feature of 15-year-old Hana Makhmalbaf, a 'making-of' documentary of At Five in the Afternoon, directed by Hana's older si… Read more

LETTERS IN THE WIND (Alireza Amini, 2004)
Letters in the Wind (Namehay Bad) IranOne of the hallmarks of Iranian cinema is the ability to present a seemingly simple premise and infuse it with a depth of feeling and startling clarity of ideas.… Read more

NINA's TRAGEDIES (Savi Gabizon, 2004)
Nina's Tragedies (Ha'asonot Shei Nina) Israel' [Winner of 11 Israeli Academy Awards] Nina's Tragedies is that rare film which achieves a lusciously paradoxical 'happy-sad' state, making us laugh and … Read more

PURITY (Anat Zuria, 2004)
Purity (Tehora) Israel'some people call her film daring, others dangerous. Anat Zuria admits that her documentary about Jewish family purity is meant to provoke. But she sees greater peril in keeping… Read more

RIVERSIDE, THE (Alireza Amini, 2004)
The Riverside Iran During the recent Iraq'US war, a newly-wed bride steps on a mine in the sparse, sun-scorched desert on the Iran'Iraq border. If she moves her foot, the mine will detonate. Pleading… Read more

WALL (Simone Bitton, 2004)
Wall (Mur) France/IsraelWall arrives direct from its place in Director's Fortnight at Cannes this year.'an eye-opener about the true dimensions'both physical and mental'of the barrier being built to … Read more

ZOHRE & MANOUCHEHR (Mitra Farahani, 2004)
Zohre & Manouchehr France/Iran'How did religion become a political system and manage to penetrate our privacy, creating a feeling of anxiety around the subject of sexuality' How can love and sexualit… Read more

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