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E. Nina Rothe
E. Nina Rothe is a writer and avid world traveler who was born in Florence, Italy, of a Neapolitan mother and German father. Nina’s greatest gift lies in her ability to identify the latest trends and hottest destinations. She has written on world cinema and culture for Chic Today, elan, EGO, Tehelka, AVS TV, Shawati' Abu Dhabi and Tatler Homes Singapore. She has also been an on-air reporter covering TIFF, the Tribeca Film Festival, Doha TFF, NY Fashion Week and interviewed Bollywood filmmakers as well as Hollywood celebrities. Nina has contributed regularly to luxury magazine Bespoke, a publication with distribution throughout the Middle East, where she has published pieces on such diverse subjects as Christian Louboutin, Arab arts in the US, Miral's writer Rula Jebreal and the Tata buyout of Jaguar Land Rover. Nina has called home Florence, Rome, NYC, Los Angeles and London, among a few other cities.

Entries by E. Nina Rothe

Tom Shoval Talks About Youth: To Be or Not to Be Young, and Israeli

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 10:09 AM


I've come to realize what I look for in favorite filmmakers. I crave, in no particular order, respect for the audience, respect for the story and its characters and respect for women. It boils down to the basic definition of the...

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Queens of Syria Extinguishes the Stereotypes Created by War

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 7:13 AM


At the last Abu Dhabi Film Festival -- and I mean last in every way since the eighth edition of this beloved cinematic bridge across cultures turned out to be its swan song -- one film quietly grabbed my...

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Salma Hayek on Children, on Love and Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 8:46 AM

2015-08-06-1438866702-4490477-Image331.jpg When a Hollywood superstar strives to help heal the world, just a little, I'm impressed. But when a movie star does it over and over again, uses her influence to create projects that help bridge the divide and help us...

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Non sapevo più che farmene della democrazia. Poi ho pensato al cinema e ho capito

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 4:37 AM

Osservando da lontano i recenti eventi in Grecia, mi sono domandata, più di una volta: "Ma io credo veramente nella democrazia, come concetto attuale e che dovrebbe essere praticato ovunque?". La stessa parola "democrazia" come tutti sappiamo è proprio nata nell'antica Grecia, e ai tempi di Pericle aveva un significato...

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The Best Is Yet to Come: Maite Alberdi's Tea Time Screens on PBS's POV

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 11:09 AM


I've always regretted the passing of my grandfather, Hans, before I could properly pay tribute to his greatness, his courage and his artistry. It's something I will live with always and with a particular sadness. But for some, like Chilean filmmaker Maite Alberdi,...

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'Not Charity, Just Work': An Interview with the Ethical Fashion Initiative's Simone Cipriani

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 7:59 AM

2015-07-22-1437567839-9845411-MaXhosabyLadumaSS16ConstellationAfricaPittixEFIPittiImmagineGiovanniGiannoni1.jpg The most impressive show at this June's Pitti Uomo collections in Florence was a presentation titled "Constellation Africa". Parading down the runway were some of the best menswear looks I've seen in a long time, not...

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Relinquishing Our Uncomfortable Inheritance: Eran Riklis' A Borrowed Identity

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 8:28 AM

Tawfeek Barhom and Yaël Abecassis in Eran Riklis' A Borrowed Identity, photographed by Eitan Riklis

The first film I ever watched by Eran Riklis was The Syrian Bride, starring Hiam Abbass and Makram Khoury. I remember how enthusiastic I was to finally learn...

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Weapon of Peace: A Talk With Odessa International Film Festival's Julia Sinkevych

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 7:18 AM

Potemkin Steps, photographed during the Odessa International Film Festival

Putting a film festival together is never an easy task. There are flight and hotel arrangements to be made, films to secure from their sales agents, celebrities to invite and locations to be booked....

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It's All About Zeina Nabulsi, Beirut's Hidden Glamour Gem

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 8:08 AM

The more I watch and write about fashion, the more I realize how deeply related looking great is with feeling great. And when we feel good about ourselves, in every way, we can pay that forward, by being kinder, more open to the world around us, better to our fellow...

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'Give Me Goosebumps!': Celebrating the Relaunch of the TFI Doc Fund and New Partnership with The Orchard

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 2:03 PM

TFI/The Orchard Cocktail Reception: Pictured (Far left) José Rodriguez; Director of Documentary Programming at TFI, Paul Davidson, SVP of Film & TV at The Orchard, Danielle DiGiacomo, Director of Acquisitions at The Orchard and Ryan Harrington; VP of Artist Programs at TFI


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Basil Khalil's Ave Maria: Questioning the Rules

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 7:58 AM

2015-06-20-1434802632-1461871-CBcWdDAWsAEK83J.jpg What would happen if the Israelis and Palestinians really needed each other? How would that change the world?

Well, I'm cheating a bit here, those are not really the questions that Basil Khalil asks through his charming, funny, beautifully made...

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Pitti Uomo Day 3: Moschino by Jeremy Scott, Katy Perry and Africa in the Mecca of Menswear

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 10:26 AM

As I worked and walked my way through the third day of Pitti Uomo in Florence, I realized fashion leaves me with more questions than answers. What makes us feel good, and is that directly related to how we look in an item of clothing? Is our character...

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Pitti Uomo Day 2: Reinventing Pucci, Garden Parties and the Luxury of Things

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 10:27 AM

On day two of Pitti Uomo, it was finally time for that most entertaining of activities -- watching fashion shows. To me, it's second only to sitting through an engrossing film, because those bright lights, that loud music and all those beautiful people dressed in the latest trends...

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Pitti Uomo Day 1: Fashion Tribes, Nino Cerruti and the Pleasure of Things

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 9:47 AM

This is my second time at Pitti Uomo and the Spring/Summer 2016 collections are definitely about fun. There is of course lots of content to keep me happy, like "Il Signor Nino", an exhibit dedicated to master fashionista Nino Cerruti as well as increasingly growing numbers to keep...

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Nadine Labaki on Life, Freedom and Cinema's True Power, in Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 7:54 AM

Nadine Labaki photographed by Ammar Abd Rabbo

If there is one film that changed my life, it's Nadine Labaki's Caramel. It is the kind of movie I can watch again and again, and still find hidden within it new gems of wisdom and...

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Requiem for a Cinematic Heavyweight: Adieu Abu Dhabi Film Festival

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2015 | 6:41 AM


Just a few days before this year's Festival de Cannes, those of us who watch, love and write about Arab cinema received a press release from Abu Dhabi that seemed like just another announcement. Sent out by their media hub twofour54, part of...

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Uncovering The True Cost of Fast Fashion With Livia Firth in Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 10:23 AM

2015-06-03-1433328408-2036695-TheTrueCost_Poster_2764x4096.jpg Fashion is such an important part of our lives. Not just as consumers, which most of us certainly are, but also as human beings. What I wear, I've discovered and not a moment too soon, is directly related to how I...

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"The True Cost" a Cannes: il vero prezzo della moda troppo economica

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 4:52 AM

Anche se pensiamo dentro di noi, "macché sono solo io, cosa cambia?", quando apriamo il portafoglio per affermare il nostro potere d'acquisto, tutto cambia. Perché dall'altra parte di quella bistecca che ordiniamo al ristorante, oppure quella maglietta che compriamo nella nostra boutique favorita, e anche il negozio di elettrodomestici dove...

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Jonas Carpignano's Mediterranea in Cannes: The Humanity Beneath the Headlines

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 10:10 AM


Anywhere in the world, from the U.S. to Italy, from Dubai to Sydney, newspapers and broadcast outlets are talking about the issue of immigration. But to me, honestly, anything that is written in bold letters or ticker-taped across the bottom of a TV...

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The Cannes Diaries 2015: Aishwarya, Hitchcock, Heelgate and Wajib

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 10:11 AM

A still from Chloé Zhao's Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Still a bit to go until the Palme d'Or and Un Certain Regard prizes are announced in Cannes, and speculations are aplenty regarding the winners. Some say the festival was devoid of great...

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