Taxi to the dark side is a movie by Alex Gibney in which he seems to want to present a rare insight into the lawlessness that prevailed during the Bush administration (Plonsky, Begg and Brand). Alex Gibney attempts to present the viewer with a picture of how war time conditions in Afghanistan gave birth to some of the most horrifying heights of cruelty and brutality. Alex Gibney shows the viewers a story of an Afghan taxi driver whose name is Dilawar. Alex Gibney shows how Dilawar was brutally beaten up by American soldiers at the Bagram Air Base and how they treated him with such a degree of mercilessness that he died out of injuries inflicted from the beating.
Woyzeck is a tragedy that centers on the extreme depths of poverty and the implications of poverty that prevail in society. Directed, produced and written by Werner Herzog, Woyzeck is a tragedy that is one of the rare few that does not seem to be meant to have a happy ending but to instigate a storm of thought and pondering in the audience (Kinski, Mattes and Reichmann). The audience feels frustrated and there is a lingering sense of incompletion because of the fact that the few elements that had honest desires in heart suffered the most.
Over time, Arab cinema has come to a point where it has learnt countless lessons from western cinemas and has successfully elaborated extensively upon the most sensitive of issues of society. Movies such as these include the 2008 All My Life by Maher Sabry which explores the life of a gay man in Egypt (Sabry, 2008), the 2006 Bahraini Tale by Bassam Al Thawadi which explores the life of a middle class family that is stranded in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War (Thawadi, 2006) and the 2007 Caramel by Nadine Labaki which elaborates upon the lives of five different women whose lives are riddled with the most complex of circumstances.