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E. Nina Rothe
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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.

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Best of Abu Dhabi: Aditya Vikram Sengupta's Labour of Love

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 7:37 AM

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"A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet." -- Orson Welles

Those who know me have heard this story quite a few times, the one about how I called it a wrap and...

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Charisma Personified: Meeting Ali Suliman at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 7:20 AM

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Ali Suliman in a still from Ziad Doueri's The Attack

Just what makes a great actor? Some will say it's about possessing a combination of beauty and talent, some will point to acting skills and the ability to embody different characters, while others...

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Best of Abu Dhabi: Samir's Iraqi Odyssey Explains Iraq and the Humanity Within

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 8:22 AM

2014-11-13-IRAQI_onesheet_GK200614_3.jpg We're so used to hearing Iraq mentioned on the news and yet, I don't know about you but through the headlines, the violence, the dictators and the wars, I've actually learned very little about this historically rich country, and more importantly...

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Best of Abu Dhabi: Learning the Games People Play Through The Narcicyst's Rise

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 5:35 AM

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Director Ali F. Mostafa with Yassin Alsalman AKA The Narcicyst (center), on the set of Rise

The talented, charismatic, popular Iraqi-Canadian rapper named The Narcicyst first appeared on my cultural radar in 2009 when I watched Ali F. Mostafa's iconic Emirati...

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The Abu Dhabi Diaries: Making the Impossible Possible, for Great World Cinema

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 8:34 AM

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A still from The Valley by Ghassan Salhab

After all is said and done, the movie screenings finished, the red carpets rolled away and the party venues dismantled, what should a film festival leave a cinema lover with? If the event is the...

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The Abu Dhabi Diaries: Through The Valley, Into an Iraqi Odyssey and All for a Labour of Love

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 1:54 AM

2014-10-31-IMG_0408.jpg "Many countries go to war and then towards reconciliation. The history of mankind is full of stories of wars between people and states that have come together after fighting for long. Why can't Arabs be like them?" -- H.H. Sheikh Zayed...

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The Abu Dhabi Diaries: From A to B, With Great Arab Cinema in Between

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 8:21 AM

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A still from From A to B, directed by Ali F. Mostafa

This year, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival feels extra special. It may be because of some very successful titles that their SANAD fund has supported, which screened to sold-out,...

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The Abu Dhabi Diaries: Can a Film Festival Help Us Overcome Misconceptions, Conflicts and Stereotypes?

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 10:26 AM

2014-10-22-FATBENG.jpg Each year around the time when the evenings get nippy and the leaves begin to turn in NYC, I feel a special kind of giddiness overtake me. It's like sensory overload, my stomach is aflutter, my mind gets easily intrigued and...

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The Art of Getting By: Richard Wilson and The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:34 PM

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig, at the Royal Film Performance, photograph by Scott Myers

"As artists, we are eternally heartbroken" is a personal favorite quote by Lady Gaga and while the struggle, the hardships of being an artist in...

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European Film Screenings in the UAE: Trying for Peace, Love and Understanding

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:01 PM

I love what Quentin Tarantino says, "When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, no, I went to films." It's so true, just as art is only learned by looking at paintings and then drawing, doing, so filmmaking can only be achieved by watching the...

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Best of Venice: With Tsili Amos Gitai Explains Survival in a Desperate Universe

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 10:21 AM

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Meshi Olinski, Sara Adler and Adam Tsekhman in Tsili by Amos Gitai

As we commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War and after passing through the atrocities and destructive treaties of WWII, these days we inch closer to a...

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Best of Venice: Nabat, Because Paradise Lies Beneath a Woman's Feet

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:04 PM

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In his director's statement for Nabat, Azerbaijani filmmaker Elchin Musaoglu wrote "I sincerely feel that if more power were given to mothers, the world would be a better place." His film premiered in the Orizzonti section of the Venice...

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Best of Venice: Ghesseha, Iranian Tales That Have Found a Way to Be Told

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 1:27 PM

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Fatemeh Motamed Aria in Ghesseha (Tales) by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

The best parts of writing about films is learning the stories behind the story. Meeting the filmmakers, discovering the passion of the actors, finding out the hardships faced by producers, those all conspire to...

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Best of Venice: Theeb Takes the World by (Sand) Storm

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 11:31 AM

2014-09-08-THEEB_CARTEL_01_AF.jpg I had a very selfish craving for the film Theeb (which means "Wolf" in Arabic) to be good: I like the filmmakers and their crew. I've actually grown very fond of them in the last few days, thanks...

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Best of Venice: 'Words with Gods', Finding the Divine Within Our Imperfections

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 7:52 AM

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A still from "Kaboki" by Bahman Ghobadi, in Words with Gods


"I looked in temples, churches & mosques. I found the Divine within my Heart." Rumi

If there is a lesson to be learned from the nine short films that blend to...

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Best of Venice: Talking Melbourne With Payman Maadi and Nima Javidi

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 11:43 AM

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Kicking off the International Critics' Week sidebar of the Venice Film Festival, Iranian film Melbourne set the tone for all great things, and movies to come for me. Melbourne starts off with a census collector knocking at the door...

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The Venice Diaries: Amos Gitai, What Is a Celebrity and the (Attempted) Murder of Italian Cinema

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 10:35 AM

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I'm having a hard time associating the reality that I have witnessed here on the ground at the Venice Film Festival with what I read in the international press. Sentences as...

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Why the iTunes Deal with Front Row Filmed Entertainment Is a Dream Come True

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 4:32 AM

2014-09-04-1Where_Do_We_Go_Now_filmstill1_NadineLabaki_byRudyBouChebel_CourtesyofSonyPicturesClassics1.jpgNadine Labaki in a scene from her film Where Do We Go Now?

I believe wholeheartedly in the power of cinema to change the world. One only has to view the current state of affairs to know how tragically true that statement is. We...

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The Venice Diaries: Words With Gods (of Cinema) and the Political Outcry Behind Villa Touma

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 5:37 AM

2014-09-02-05_ThebookofAmos_300dpi.jpg From "The Book of Amos" by Amos Gitai in Words with Gods

What does it mean to be religious in today's world? To me, spirituality is a very personal thing, a one-way conversation with my God, in private. God doesn't answer to a...

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The Venice Diaries: Theeb, How the World Will End, and There's an App for That!

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 5:54 AM

2014-08-30-99Homes0014b.jpg Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon in a scene from Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes

Would you use an app that sends a message to other users in the area so they could go break up with your boyfriend, or propose to your sweetheart? Well,...

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