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Desert Riders (2014)




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Camel racing, often called the Sport of Kings, is one of the most popular sports in the Middle East. Desert Riders is the story of some of the thousands of boys, as young as two years old, who have been trafficked to the Middle East to work as camel jockeys from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritania and Sudan. With stunning visuals, Desert Riders illuminates the beauty of the Middle East, while featuring the children and their experiences in a bold, revealing and compelling way. (c)

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

The beauty and ugliness of "Desert Riders" will haunt you. The boys and the world Sarin takes us into linger long after the final frame.

May 8, 2014 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Desert Riders nonetheless serves as a bracing cautionary tale.

April 25, 2014 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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Amid a cacophony of accusations and justifications, it's the children's broken limbs, ladderlike scars and disfigured, emaciated bodies that paradoxically hold the film together.

April 24, 2014 | Full Review…
New York Times
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None of the reliably irritating qualities of the social issue documentary gall quite so acutely as the tendency to venerate mere awareness.

April 22, 2014 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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A disturbing documentary that shines a harsh light on a miserable aspect of Dubai's culture.

August 8, 2014 | Rating: 4/5
Film Threat

If Desert Riders doesn't make you enraged and move you to tears, you must be made out of stone.

April 24, 2014 | Rating: 8.95/10 | Full Review…
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