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Director: Naji Abu Nowar
Starring: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh AL-Sweilhiyeen
Year: 2014

Out of the United Arab Emirates and filmed in Jordan comes Theeb, a film nominated for Best Foreign Language Feature at the 2016 Academy Awards. ‘Theeb’ means ‘wolf’ in Arabic, and is the name of our main character, as well as a point of metaphor throughout the movie. You won’t fail to be impressed by this look into another world, nor will its impact miss the mark for many. And yet while its differences are its strengths, they are also its weaknesses, the delivery of the story so unlike what we are used to seeing that they catch our attention only to make us feel somewhat unwelcome here.

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By Max Schindler