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(Am­ber Fares, Pales­tine/U. S./Qatar/ Den­mark/UK/Canada). 80 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNN Five Pales­tinian women pur­sue their pas­sion for car rac­ing – and smash stereo­types at the same time – in this high- en­ergy pic.

The races are spec­tac­u­lar and the women en­gag­ing. But Am­ber Fares doesn’t know quite what to do with the com­pli­cated pol­i­tics of the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion that are the pic’s back­drop. One se­quence at a check­point and an­other at the prac­tice track near the wall would have made the point.

As it is, the char­ac­ters don’t quite come into fo­cus. But the su­perbly shot races and blis­ter­ing sound­track make this a good bet. Apr 29, 6:15 pm, TIFF 1; Apr 30, 7:15 pm, Hart House; May 2, 4 pm, Is­abel Bader

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