The Israeli film Foxtrot is a searing critique of a society stuck in perpetual war. (Left to right: Gefen Barkai, Shaul Amir, Dekel Adin and Yonatan Shiray.)
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In The Insult, a minor argument between a Lebanese Christian named Toni (Adel Karam, left) and a Palestinian refugee named Yasser (Kamel El Basha) spirals out of control.
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Saadi Yacef, as revolutionary leader El-hadi Jaffar (second from left) and Brahim Haggiag (right) as revolutionary leader Ali La Pointe in a scene from Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle Of Algiers.
Just like his character Dheepan, Antonythasan Jesuthasan was a separatist fighter in Sri Lanka's civil war. He fled the country and eventually came to France illegally. He's pictured above with Claudine Vinasithamby (Illayaal).
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Shahzia Sikander, pictured here, created the film Parallax (also pictured) to explore the layers of history and change that are remaking parts of the Middle East and South Asia.
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