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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

Maurice Dekkers' Ants on a Shrimp: René Redzepi and the Creation of a Dream

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 8:12 AM


"When you get close to the raw materials and taste them at the moment they let go of the soil, you learn to respect them." -- René Redzepi

I've discovered that through beautifully made, deeply moving and artful culinary films such as Maurice...

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Tarzan & Arab Nasser's Dégradé: Beauty as an Act of Resistance

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 3:37 AM


When I watch a film like Dégradé, I'm glad that I'm not a critic.

The way I see it, a film critic will look at a cinematic work of art as just that, a piece by the artist -- artists...

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Benthe Forrer's The Chocolate Case: When the Snack You Choose Changes the World

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 9:18 AM


Hello, my name is Nina and I'm a chocoholic.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I love everything about the only black gold that has any personal worth for me: its flavor on my taste buds, the way cocoa smells, the elegance...

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The Tribeca All Access Program: 'Stories Are a Rich Currency that Can Bridge Divides'

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 8:50 AM

A still from Two Gods, directed by Aman and Zeshawn Ali, photo © Zeshawn Ali

When spring rolls around, it isn't the cherry blossoms blooming or the ground defrosting to let tulips break through in their splendor that I await with bated breath....

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Kamal Mouzawak: True Renaissance Man and a Food Lover's Dream Come True

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 8:29 AM

Kamal Mouzawak, photographed in Florence by Antonella Cardillo

A beautiful Lebanese saying can be translated loosely as "dress according to others' taste but eat according to your own."

Personally, I find fashion great with its ever-changing trends, and it is wonderfully fun...

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Why Gayle Kirschenbaum's Look at Us Now, Mother! Embodies the Perfect 84 Minutes #TalkToMe Moment

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 4:15 AM

2016-04-06-1459930640-2760091-Lookatusnowmother_poster.jpg Lets face it, we all have mother issues.

Even if we grew up with the best mom in the world, or the epitome of perfect motherhood herself, the dynamics of our individual mother-daughter, mother-son relationship shaped us into who we...

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Five Reasons to Still Live and Love the Middle East

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 8:03 AM

A still from "Live, Love, Refugee" a photography exhibit by Omar Imam

I'll admit I'm treading a narrow path between love and hate for the Middle East, at this very moment.

My reasons? Well I've noticed a shift in the way women...

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Sayed Kashua's The Writer: What If the Ultimate Conflict Could Be Resolved by a TV Show?

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 9:00 AM

Sayed Kashua, left, and his TV alter-ego Kateb, played by Yousef Sweid, in a still from The Writer

Ask me who my favorite contemporary writer is, and the answer may surprise you: Sayed Kashua.

Because while others will mention Coelho, Pamuk, Irving...

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Pivot TV's Truth and Power: 'To Be More Informed Is To Be More Powerful'

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 6:29 AM

2016-03-23-1458731124-3896036-TRU_Surveillance.jpg "... I feel lucky to have been able to pursue my dreams and I hope that my contributions will in some small way lead to a sustainable world of peace and prosperity." -- Jeff Skoll

If you're looking for cinema,...

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Strike a Pose: Thanking Madonna, 25 Years Later, for Releasing the Truth

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 7:35 AM


Do you have what it takes to be your true self?

In a beautiful, touching, perfectly made documentary titled Strike a Pose, filmmakers Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan pose this question to their audience, and enlist the help of a real-life story that...

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Hotel Dallas: The Power of Cinema Blended with the Humor of Art

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2016 | 7:41 AM


"Entertainment highlights the art, its possibilities are endless." -- Salvador Dalí

When I first watched Sherng-Lee Huang's and Livia Ungur's fantastical film Hotel Dallas, I was reminded of that Salvator Dalí and Walt Disney collaboration Destino. This young couple's film has...

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Kirsten Dunst Frumps it Down for Midnight Special Yet Remains a Superstar

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 6:09 AM

Jaeden Lieberher and Kirsten Dunst in a scene from Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special

Apart from being a striking style icon, Kirsten Dunst is also a damn great actress. And she has the Palme d'Or to prove it.

As a child actress, she...

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Actor Michael Shannon Redefines Fatherhood, Good & Evil in Midnight Special

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2016 | 4:30 AM


Ladies, get a hold of some waterproof mascara, 'cause you'll need it!

In Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special, actor Michael Shannon gives everyone a daddy complex, by being the best father we all wished for in our youth, or that fantasy baby...

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How to Be Single... In Dubai

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 3:38 AM


I always felt that being single in NYC was the best way to experience the city. It meant having all the time in world to devote to shopping, while also spending evenings lingering over "Sex & the City" type dinners amongst girlfriends, and...

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Rachid Bouchareb at Berlinale: 'Peace Should Be a Subject Taught in Schools'

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 3:53 AM

Pauline Burlet in a still from Road to Istanbul, photo Roger Arpajou

Many of the films at this year's Berlinale redefined the meaning of parenthood for me and Rachid Bouchareb's Road to Istanbul was first on my list of...

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The Cooked Roundtable: Food Activism With Alex Gibney, Michael Pollan and Ryan Miller

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 4:09 AM

Richard Bourdon in a still from the "Air" episode of Cooked, photo courtesy of Netflix

Can we vote with our spoon, every day of our lives? And if so, where can I sign up so I can avoid the mistake of electing some...

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A Sartorial Road to The Oscars with Nominee Basil Khalil

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 4:40 AM

Basil Khalil and Best Actor nominee Eddie Redmayne

When English-Palestinian filmmaker Basil Khalil heard that he'd been nominated for an Oscar, the first thought that went through his mind was, "I will have the title of "Oscar Nominated," at least, for...

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'We Are Facing a Disaster': Berlinale Winner Gianfranco Rosi Talks Fuocoammare

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 5:09 AM


Can a film change the world?

If we believe in the power of one, that ability each human being carries around to make the environment around them better by simply adjusting their behavior, then films have the potential to change the...

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The Berlinale Diaries 2016: Fuocoammare, Hedi and the Winners, Scoring One for Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2016 | 5:39 AM

A still from Gianfranco Rosi's Fuocoammare, featuring Samuele Pucillo

Every year, at every festival, there is a film that shuts it down for me. I could happily pack up and go home after viewing it, because I feel I've seen the best.

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The Berlinale Diaries 2016: Road to Istanbul, a Chef and His Ants, Michael Moore, Alex Gibney & Truth and Power

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 8:05 AM

Michael Moore in Where to Invade Next, photo © Dog Eat Dog Films

I'm haunted by an idea that Algerian-French filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb put out there, during our recent interview at Berlinale. He said that peace should be a concept taught...

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