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The Sheik and I (2012)

The Sheik and I




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Commissioned by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make a film on the theme of "art as a subversive act," independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (I AM A SEX ADDICT) goes overboard. Told that he can do whatever he wants except make fun of the Sheik, who rules the country and finances the Biennial, Zahedi decides to do just that. He turns his camera on the Biennial itself and gleefully presses every culturally sensitive button he can find. But his court jester antics fails to amuse. Zahedi's film is banned for blasphemy and he is threatened with a fatwa.(c) Factory25more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
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Written By: Caveh Zahedi
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

[A] layered, intermittently fascinating documentary ...

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
New York Times
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[A] lively, challenging documentary ...

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Village Voice
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As a documentary about East-West tensions and freedom of speech during the Arab Spring, it's frequently fascinating.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Seattle Times
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The film is ultimately more concerned with Caveh Zahedi's attempts to pursue a variety of dull passing fancies than with any larger agenda.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Slant Magazine

If the whole thing is a well-constructed machine that's eating itself the entire time, it's still so full of truth that I'm not surprised so many viewers had problems with it.

Full Review… | March 14, 2012

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