• 2014
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Naji Abu Nowar
  • Cast: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Jack Fox
  • UK release: 14 August 2015

The Ottoman Empire, WWI: Hussein, a young Bedouin sheikh, (Al-Sweilhiyeen) is tasked with guiding a British soldier (Fox) on a secret mission, but Hussein's young brother Theeb (Al-Hwietat) is determined to follow. Blisteringly tense coming-of-age story with superb cinematography and a perfect performance by Al-Hwietat.

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10 Aug 20154 stars

Naji Abu Nowar impresses with this tense and striking directorial debut

Naji Abu Nowar's debut feature is a blisteringly tense coming-of-age story. Set in the Ottoman Empire at the time of World War I, it captures the delicate balance of desert life 100 years ago, when strong tribal ties, travelling by camel and sleeping…

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