International Films – Africa & the Middle East

Abou Leila

Abou Leila

Setting off into the Sahara in search of an elusive terrorist, two childhood friends confront their traumas in this road movie meets meditative-absurdist western, which screens at MIFF straight from Cannes Critics’ Week.

Adam

Adam

Two women, marginalised by Moroccan society, transform each other’s lives in Maryam Touzani’s impressive debut feature about the courage and compassion it takes to move beyond living with grief and shame.

aKasha

aKasha

Just your not-so-average romantic comedy about a Sudanese rebel soldier, his long-suffering girlfriend and the prized AK-47 called Nancy that stands between them.

Brick and Mirror

Brick and Mirror

A pioneering example of the first Iranian New Wave, and a key influence on directors such as Abbas Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi, Ebrahim Golestan’s journey through pre-revolutionary Tehran is as powerful today as it was five decades ago.

Flesh Out

Flesh Out

A young Mauritanian woman wakes up to the misogyny of her society’s beauty standards in this emotionally rich debut feature from Michela Occhipinti.

For Sama

For Sama

"A rare window into a woman's experience of the Syrian conflict … Simple in concept and shattering in execution, blending hard-headed reportage with unguarded personal testimony, it’s you-are-there cinema of the most literal order." – Variety

It Must Be Heaven

It Must Be Heaven

A Palestinian filmmaker goes globetrotting only to be shadowed by reminders of home in this very meta, Cannes award-winning film.

The Orphanage

The Orphanage

Emerging Afghan filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat delights with an 80s-set mixture of realism and inspired Bollywood-style musical, set on the streets of Kabul.

Papicha

Papicha

“A feminist portrait, Papicha seduces especially for its energy, its freshness and the charisma of its lead character.” – Cineuropa

Sakawa

Sakawa

An arresting vision of the Ghanian scammers behind the computer keyboards.

The Unknown Saint

The Unknown Saint

“A droll, entertaining, absurdist fable about spirituality and greed that signals an important new talent.” – Variety

Working Woman

Working Woman

The question often asked of women who experience sexual harassment is: why don’t they just leave? Working Woman shows us precisely why it’s not that simple.