Desert Riders
Desert Riders (2014)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 25, 2014
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Calum Marsh
Village Voice

None of the reliably irritating qualities of the social issue documentary gall quite so acutely as the tendency to venerate mere awareness.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

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.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Desert Riders nonetheless serves as a bracing cautionary tale.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

A disturbing documentary that shines a harsh light on a miserable aspect of Dubai's culture.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

If Desert Riders doesn't make you enraged and move you to tears, you must be made out of stone.

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