The Sheik and I
The Sheik and I (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 7, 2012
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

[A] layered, intermittently fascinating documentary ...

Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

The film is ultimately more concerned with Caveh Zahedi's attempts to pursue a variety of dull passing fancies than with any larger agenda.

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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice

[A] lively, challenging documentary ...

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Christopher Campbell

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

As a documentary about East-West tensions and freedom of speech during the Arab Spring, it's frequently fascinating.

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