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Davide Abbatescianni


Davide Abbatescianni is an Italian Film Critic and Journalist based in Rome

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Film review: Heba Khaled, Talal Derki and Ali Wajeeh’s documentary follows a group of young Syrian women producing a play which revolves around the culture of misogyny and sexual abuse in Syria.

24 March, 2023

Film review: In her debut feature, young Kurdish-Iranian filmmaker Negin Ahmadi follows an all-female militia fighting in Syrian Kurdistan.

17 March, 2023

Film review: Premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Lina’s first documentary feature is a disillusioned account of how living under an authoritarian regime can split a group of young journalists and activists fighting for the same cause.

17 February, 2023

Film Review: In her debut feature, Lea Najjar attempts to blend together social commentary with the ritualistic pigeon sport Kash Hamam. The results are mixed.

03 February, 2023

Film review: Khaled Jarrar’s second feature gives dignity and identity to the shapeless mass of refugees escaping the most troubled parts of our planet.

16 December, 2022

Film review: Led by solid performances and characterised by a minimalist mise-en-scene, Iranian writer-director Ahmad Bahrami’s third feature delivers the portrait of a lost woman, unpacking a whole universe of despair and resignation.

09 December, 2022

Film Review: Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji’s debut feature is the endearing story of a 12-year-old boy who finds a sex doll in the titular Baghdad smouldering dumps.

21 October, 2022

Film Review: Crowned Best Film in the Orizzonti strand of this year’s Venice Film Festival, Houman Seyedi’s sixth feature is an involving tale of anger, hatred and submission.

14 October, 2022

Adnane Baraka’s second documentary feature zooms in on Mohamed and Abderrahmane, a nomad who lives with his family in a tent in a remote area of the desert and a scientist who relies on meteor debris to pursue his research.

23 September, 2022

Vida Dena’s debut feature zooms in on two interesting young subjects, but it lacks both punch and surprise, leading to a rather claustrophobic viewing experience.

09 September, 2022