Modern Times Review #91

Modern Times Review @ Human Rights Film Festival Berlin

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As I Want

Director: Samaher Alqadi

Following a string of sexual assaults, As I Want documents a burgeoning women’s rebellion.


Director: David Osit

A surprisingly cinematic fly-on-the-wall view of the daily life - and epic struggles - of the Christian mayor of Ramallah.

Only The Devil Lives Without Hope

Director: Magnus Gertten

Standing up to a brutal regime, an Uzbek woman never breaks hope in fighting for family justice.

School of Hope

Director: Mohamed El Aboudi

A portrait of optimism in the harshest of environments with Morocco's nomadic Oulad Boukais Tribe.

The Colonel’s Stray Dogs

Director: Khalid Shamis

Undying patriotism in the face of a country that no longer needs you.

The Dissident

Director: Bryan Fogel

In October 2018, Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out, leaving his fiancée and an international community of dissidents to piece together clues to his murder.

The Last Shelter

Director: Ousmane Samassekou

This award-winning documentary whispers migrant dreams and nightmares on the edge of the Sahara.

The Return: Life After ISIS

Director: Alba Sotorra Clua

A portrait of a group of Western women who pledged their lives to ISIS, but now want to return home to restart their lives.

Wandering, a Rohingya Story

Director: Mélanie Carrier, Olivier Higgins

Since 2016, 700,000 people of the Rohingya Muslim minority fled Myanmar making the Kutupalong refugee camp one of the biggest in the world.

Welcome to Chechnya

Director: David France

A group of activists risks unimaginable peril to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ programme raging in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

Writing With Fire

Director: Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas

In a saturated media landscape dominated by men, India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women redefines what it means to be powerful.