The Tale of the Three Jewels
aka Le conte des trois diamants aka Hikayatul jawahiri thalath First screened in May 2015
Director: Michel Khleifi. Cast: Mohammed Nahnal, Hana' Ne'meh, Ghassan Abu Libda, Makram Khoury, Bushra Karaman, Mohammed Sheikh, Raida Adon, Amin Halabi, Mohammad Bakri, Um Fayez, Ahmad Abu Sal'oum. Screenplay: Michel Khleifi. Twitter Capsule:
Overtly propagandistic beats but gradually effects a rare, curious mix of the dogmatic and the dreamy.
So many Middle Eastern films are frontline realist dramas or child-focused fables. Combining them as Jewels does feels fresh, even if some of its rhetoric is hoary and blunt.