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)
Documentary , Special Interest
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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.

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

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
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
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.

Full Review… | April 22, 2014
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
Film Threat

Sarin achieves remarkable access to the players in this sordid trade, including many former camel jockeys, their parents, camel farmers and trainers, government and NGO officials, and even the traffickers themselves...

Full Review… | July 15, 2014

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