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) Factory25

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"[A] layered, intermittently fascinating documentary ..."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The film is ultimately more concerned with Caveh Zahedi's attempts to pursue a variety of dull passing fancies than with any larger agenda."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"[A] lively, challenging documentary ..."
‑ Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Christopher Campbell,
"As a documentary about East-West tensions and freedom of speech during the Arab Spring, it's frequently fascinating."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
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