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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

Adam Bakri's 'Portrait Chinois': Discovering the Next Superstar, with Omar's Help...

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 9:37 AM

2015-01-23-Adam.jpg "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." -- Marcel Proust

Some people you just meet and with them immediately feel a sense of kinship. You want them...

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The Pitti Uomo Diaries: Tilda Swinton, the Best Trends and Marni

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 12:19 PM

Olivier Saillard and TIlda Swinton, photographed by Giovanni Giannoni

Is fashion all about the way one looks or does it also allow for great insight, character and personality? I believe the latter, which is why I didn't think twice about writing a few...

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The Pitti Uomo Diaries: I Could Wear That and Hood By Air

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 5:31 AM

The MINI mascots, in front of the MINI Pavilion, taking a well deserved break from their fans

It's amazing how the mind works. When I see something appealing, I immediately start imagining ways to get it for myself and being around...

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The Pitti Uomo Diaries: It's Raining Men... and Tartans!

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 3:14 PM

Photo by Enrico Labriola, courtesy of Pitti Immagine

Everywhere I look in Florence, it seems that no self-respecting fashionist-o is going out without some tartan. The colors aren't the traditional Scottish blues, greens or reds and some may even be tempted to call...

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The Pitti Uomo Diaries: Florence is Where the Heart Is

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 8:18 AM

Giancarlo Giannini with Solis String Quarter and Peppe Servillo, reading from Salvatore Ferragamo's memoirs at Palazzo Spini Feroni in Florence

The past few days for me have been heavy. I've searched my soul for personal thoughts about the attacks in France and have...

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Meet Khaled Abol Naga, Egypt's International Treasure

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 8:01 AM

Khaled Abol Naga photographed by Brigitte Lacombe, courtesy of Doha Film Institute

I need a hero. It's the reason I watch films, looking for what politicians, warmongers, our so-called diplomats and those giant corporations haven't given the world yet. And probably never will....

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Five Perfect New Year's Lessons I Learned from Lee Daniels in Dubai

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 8:09 AM

2014-12-29-460541064.jpg Just in time for the ideal reflections on the new year ahead, I sat down with filmmaker Lee Daniels on a terrace overlooking the splendid Arabian Gulf during the recent Dubai International Film Festival. Daniels served as Jury...

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The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: Lee Daniels Has Been Brainwashed, Virginia Madsen Is a Super Heroine and Ahd a Real Saudi Woman

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 8:27 AM


At the press conference for Daoud Abdel Sayed's Out of the Ordinary, starring Khaled Abol Naga, Naglaa Badr and the small wonder that is Mariam Tamer at this year's DIFF, it was interesting to be a minority. Overwhelmingly outnumbered as a...

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What a Girl Needs: The VIP Lounge at the Dubai International Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:44 AM

The one thing that is never far from one's mind in Dubai is shopping. Now, I'm personally all about the great films, the wondrous interviews and the interesting talks at the Dubai International Film Festival, but underneath this cultural activist beats the very mundane heart of just a...

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The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: Khaled Abol Naga, The Sleeping Tree from Bahrain and Santa Claus

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:02 AM


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, here at the Dubai International Film Festival. Watching beautiful, sometimes groundbreaking films, meeting gorgeous celebrities surreptitiously in their hotel room for interviews and lavish parties where pretty models are dressed up like fairies,...

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The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: The Groundbreaking Dolphins, Paul Bettany's Shelter and Asha Bhosle

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 8:05 AM

A still from Dolphins by Waleed Al Shehhi

Best way to start a day, if you're me, is to watch a thought-provoking film, like Shelter, and then interview the filmmaker, in this case actor Paul Bettany in his brilliant directorial debut....

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The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: Opening Night, the IWC Filmmaker Award and Virginia Madsen

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 11:26 AM

Emily Blunt poses with fans as she attends the Opening Night Gala during day one of the 11th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 10, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images...
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The Doha Ajyal Diaries: Qumra, Closing Night and Salma Hayek on Freedom

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 10:51 AM

Salma Hayek-Pinault and Fatma Al Remaihi, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute and Director of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, attend the Middle East premiere of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet at the Closing Night of the second Ajyal Youth Film...
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The Doha Ajyal Diaries: The Islamic Art Museum, Souk Waqif and 'Made in Qatar'

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 4:09 AM


I love to discover a thread between the real world and the movies. Particularly if that connection pushes humanity to do better and accommodates my ongoing personal agenda to heal and unite, while watching one inspiring film at a time.

Here in Doha,...

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The Doha Ajyal Diaries: For the Love of Cinema and Khalil Gibran's The Prophet

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 10:45 AM


I fell in love with Arab cinema right here, in Doha.

I hold the Doha Film Institute absolutely responsible for me catching this fantastical bug five years ago. This beautiful city, with its azure seas is the epicenter...

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The Doha Ajyal Diaries: Speed Sisters Kicks It Off With the Magic of Palestine

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 2:58 AM

Fatma Al Remaihi with the Ajyal Youth Film Festival jurors, on the opening night's red carpet

Doha is a truly special place.

Maybe it's that atmospheric light that shines just right on the sparkling new buildings which line the Corniche,...

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'Stand Up for What You Care About': The Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 11:08 AM

A still from Speed Sisters, directed by Amber Fares

I'll admit I have already been to a film festival in Doha, three years ago almost to the date. Yet this occasion could not be any more different. Those olden, maybe not so golden...

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

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


"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

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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