The Sheik And I 2012 NR

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When an American filmmaker is commissioned to make a film for a Middle East Biennial on the theme of 'art as a subversive act,' his film is banned for blasphemy, he is asked to destroy every copy, and he is threatened with arrest.

Caveh Zahedi, Beckett Zahedi
1 hour 44 minutes

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The Sheik And I

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Genres Documentary, Comedy
Director Caveh Zahedi
Starring Caveh Zahedi, Beckett Zahedi
Supporting actors Michael Patten, ZuZu Snyder, Rasha, Haig, Camille, Yazan, Mansour, Hemadi, Abdul Rahman, Osama, Fatima, Anne, Alan Berliner, Jack Persekian, Amanda Field, Colin Nusbaum, Zuzu Snyder
Studio Factory 25
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By High Expectations on January 17, 2013
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In the film, the director would speak English very quickly with non-native speakers and highlight their confusion with animated thought bubbles with question marks. He showed no sensitivity to the large educational gap between himself and the guest workers he encountered (whom he made out to the victims of the state, though in each scene they were really the victims of the director). Zahedi meant to critique the the Sheik and ruling family, for what exactly he never said (in fact he admits to not knowing the laws and circumstances). He ends up complaining for an hour and a half about not being able to meet the ruler, suggesting that this in itself is sinister. The whole film felt oddly rushed and towards the end the Director tries to paint a likable portrait of himself, first as a loving father and then as a someone who respects Islam (all in an effort, to avoid being the target of a hate crime-- another odd stream of his narrative). Overall, very weird (and not weird in a good way like "I am a Sex Addict").
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Kleinman VINE VOICE on December 13, 2012
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Caveh Zahedi is a significant part of a genre of art that mixes self confessional, documentary and quasi-fiction or reality inspired narrative storytelling. Other artists who flirt with this genre include Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock and Mike Daisy. It's an interesting alcove of art and film making and when all the elements come together right it can be extremely insightful and entertaining. Caveh's body of work is all over the board, from the wild drug focused I Don't Hate Las Vegas Anymore and Tripping with Caveh to the nerdy romantic A Little Stiff. His best work to date has to be I Am A Sex Addict, a film that exemplifies some of the best this genre has to offer.

The Sheik and I is Caveh's first fim in six years. The premise of the fim is that Caveh is hired by an arts organization, run by the daughter of a sheik of one of of the Emirates in the UAE, to shoot a film to be shown at a celebration for the Sheik. The assignment comes with a few limitations, including no frontal nudity, no disrespect to the Kroan, and no making fun of the Sheik. This of couse is akin to giving a kid a new PS3 and Call of Duty and saying don't play any video games. Caveh, being Caveh, takes the assignment and immediately begins to explore the boundaries and limitations of the assignment. To his credit, given his body of work, the folks who hired him should have known what they were in for.
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