Catalog No.: FTF-037 | 
In Theaters: December 7, 2012 | 
Director: Caveh Zahedi | 
Length: 104 minutes
 | Year: 2012


 New York Theatrical Run:  December 7, 2012 @ Videology

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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. Told that he can do whatever he wants except make fun of the Sheik, who rules the country and finances the Biennial, Zahedi decides to do just that. He turns his camera on the Biennial itself and gleefully presses every culturally sensitive button he can find. But his court jester antics fails to amuse. Zahedi's film is banned for blasphemy and he is threatened with a fatwa.

Directed and Produced  by Caveh Zahedi 

Festivals: SXSW, Dokufest, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, San Francisco Internatioinal Film Festival, Boston Independent Film Festival, Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, and Bergen International Film Festival


"Undeniably hilarious. “The Sheik and I” argues vociferously that it’s always better to offend than to bore."
-Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times 

"Part Borat...Part Albert Brooks...Hilarious and not exactly innoffensive"
-Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine, Critics Pick 

"Preposterous and profound."
-Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal 

-Peter Debruge, Variety

"Funny and visually inventive."
-Sherilyn Connolly, The Village Voice 

-Anne S. Lewis, Austin Chronicle 

"Flagrantly subversive."
-Dan Schoenbrun, Filmmaker Magazine 

"Madcap meta-narrative"
-Randy Kennedy,
New York Times    

"It's a daring work made with reckless abandon -- in other words, both irresponsible and necessary."
-Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Worth seeing for the bigger conversations it's likely to spark." 
-William Goss, Orlando Weekly

In Theaters 

December 7-13, 2012
Videology Theater
Brooklyn, NY
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November 6-22, 2012
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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January 4-10, 2013
Clinton Street Theater
Portland, OR
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January 11th & 12th, 2013
Gene Siskel Film Center
Chicago, IL
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March 22-28 2013
The Loft Cinema
Tuscon, AZ
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