The Sheik and I
Nov 16 - Nov 21, 2012
(Caveh Zahedi, USA/United Arab Emirates, 2012, Blu-ray, 109 min)
Commissioned by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make a film on the theme of "art as a subversive act," independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (I Am A Sex Addict) goes overboard in The Sheik And I. Told that he can do whatever he wants except poke fun at the Sheik, who rules the country and finances the Biennial, Zahedi decides to do just that. His court jester antics fail to amuse, as Zahedi's film is banned for blasphemy and he is threatened with arrest and fatwa.