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Cohen Media Group: Stories from the Middle East [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Synopsis

The Attack
An Israeli-Palestinian physician vows to track down the religious zealots who recruited his beloved wife and turned her into a suicide bomber in this topical drama from director Ziad Doueiri. Dr. Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman) is a respected Palestinian surgeon who lives in Tel Aviv. When a terrorist bombing strikes a nearby hospital, Dr. Jaafari races to save those injured in the blast. His comfortable world is turned upside down later that night, however, when police summon him to identify the body of the bomber: his wife Sihem (Reymond Amsellem). Sihem's guilt is confirmed when her husband receives a posthumous letter from her claiming full responsibility for the atrocity, and he finds himself unable to return to his comfortable life in Tel Aviv, instead focusing his energy on finding the people who brought his wife into the dark world of extremism. Later, in the course of Dr. Jaafari's tense investigation, he is forced to face some difficult questions regarding his own identity and the complex decisions he's had to make while living in a region dominated by religious strife. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

May in the Summer
A celebrated New York author finds her life thrown into chaos when she travels to Amman, Jordan, to plan her wedding in this poignant comedy-drama directed, written by, and starring Cherien Dabis. The toast of the New York literati scene, May (Dabis) lives the kind of glamorous lifestyle that most writers can only hope for. She's engaged to marry the Muslim man of her dreams when she journeys back to Amman to plan her big day with the help of her family. What promised to be a celebratory family reunion quickly turns sour, however, when May's overbearing, born-again Christian mother takes umbrage at the prospect of her daughter marrying a Muslim. Meanwhile, May's sisters treat her more like a mother than a sibling, and her estranged father shows up out of the blue. Now, caught in the thick of the dysfunction she thought she'd left far behind, May begins to question every decision she's ever made -- including her plans to marry the love of her life. Bill Pullman, Hiam Abbass, and Alia Shawkat co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Other Son
An easygoing Israeli teen (Jules Sitruk) learns that he was accidentally switched at birth with a Palestinian boy (Mehdi Dehbi) in the chaos of a hospital bombing, giving them both unique insight into the ongoing conflict in the Middle East as their headstrong families struggle with the startling revelation. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Wind Will Carry Us
This idiosyncratic drama from Iran begins as a jeep winds through the hills of Kurdistan, containing an engineer (Behzad Dourani) and his two assistants (whom we never see) as they search for a small village in the mountains. When they arrive, they are greeted by a young boy, who shows them a place they can stay and guides the engineer to the home of an old woman (also never seen) who seems to be dying. No one is sure what the engineer and his men are doing there; some locals think he's keeping watch of the old woman and wants to purchase her land when she dies, while others think he could be an archeologist searching for rare artifacts. Meanwhile, the engineer spends his days exploring the village and the people who live there -- most of them women, with the men away at jobs that occupy them night and day for several months out of the year. He also stays in touch with the boy, who watches over the old woman's health while keeping up with his schoolwork, working on his family's farm, and helping his mother with the household chores. Meanwhile, the engineer periodically gets calls on his cellular phone, which require him to drive to a graveyard on a hill to receive the call (most, however, are wrong numbers), while making contact with a man digging a deep hole (also unseen) and a girl in the village who milk's cows which are kept in a dark basement. Concentrating on what we don't see as often as what we do, Le Vent Nous Emportera bears the distinctive stamp of director Abbas Kiarostami and was embraced by critics in its screening at the 1999 Venice Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ali Suliman
    Ali Suliman - Amin
  • Uri Gavriel
    Uri Gavriel - Captain Moshe
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    Karim Saleh - Adel
  • Dvir Benedek
    Dvir Benedek - Raveed
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    Rula Salameh - Faten
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