3.8 stars. Amusing and, ultimately, informative. And I do not think it is offensive to Islam, at least not in its spirit. Maybe some very devout people would consider it blasphemous, but I don't believe that blasphemy should be a punishable offense. And it doesn't insult Mohammed, but it is a critical look at United Arab Emirates laws and how their society functions without being nasty or mean-spirited.
He clearly put people's lives in danger. But I got really wrapped up in this movie. Also, Caveh's reliance on subtitles shows that Documentary editing is a total crap shoot. I mean, what constitutes a proper select?
The laziness of a sloppy, parasitic & uninspired big-mac culture meets film. Culturally disrespectful (on the verge of abusive), intellectually vacant and artistically derelict. I need to watch one more piece of trash like to cancel my mubi subscription. I want more than this.
As they bump up against censorship, Zahedi's crew seem to imagine themselves as arbiters of free speech, as noble crusaders pushing the boundaries of a stifled society. But they do little to explore what it’s like to live in a society of utter state domination, in which the citizens’ participation in their own domination constitutes its strongest element. http://www.theperipherymag.com/filmgoing-in-the-internet-age
An interesting look at society in the UAE, but gratingly self-righteous at times. I agree with Zahedi's argument, but in trying to humanize his foreign associates he only further alienates those who are not already somewhat westernized.
Zahedi has a bold personality and what he does with this film shows that quality. However, I sometimes asked myself while watching how ethical it was to put in danger all of those people. When you go into a community and shooting something; what is important? Is it important to make good cinema, or not endangering vulnerable people?