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  • Summary: Camel racing is a popular sport in the Middle East. In past years, thousands of young boys have been trafficked from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritania and other countries to work as jockeys in the UAE under excruciating conditions. Over the last 10 years, some governments have tried to put anCamel racing is a popular sport in the Middle East. In past years, thousands of young boys have been trafficked from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritania and other countries to work as jockeys in the UAE under excruciating conditions. Over the last 10 years, some governments have tried to put an end to the use of child jockeys. Desert Riders examines the situation before and since these government policies were enacted, as well as the difficult journey to retrieve and recuperate these children. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 24, 2014
    70
    Although the situation seems to have thankfully been resolved several years ago due to the pressure applied by governments and international organizations, Desert Riders nonetheless serves as a bracing cautionary tale.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 24, 2014
    70
    Amid a cacophony of accusations and justifications, it’s the children’s broken limbs, ladderlike scars and disfigured, emaciated bodies that paradoxically hold the film together.
  3. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Apr 22, 2014
    40
    None of the reliably irritating qualities of the social issue documentary gall quite so acutely as the tendency to venerate mere awareness.

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