Desert Riders
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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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© Garden Thieves Pictures

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"None of the reliably irritating qualities of the social issue documentary gall quite so acutely as the tendency to venerate mere awareness."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"Powerful documentary about child-worker trafficking that provided underage jockeys for Arabian camel racing indicts not only the rich exploiters but the uneducated parents who unwittingly but not unwillingly made their children fodder."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Desert Riders nonetheless serves as a bracing cautionary tale."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A disturbing documentary that shines a harsh light on a miserable aspect of Dubai's culture."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"If Desert Riders doesn't make you enraged and move you to tears, you must be made out of stone."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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