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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

Open Bethlehem on Aflamnah: A Passport and the USA Campaign

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 9:03 AM


In the last couple of days I've seen two headlines which make Leila Sansour's film-slash-human-rights-movement Open Bethlehem both perfect and important. And her timing, her instincts are impeccable, as she kicks off today a crowdfunding campaign on Aflamnah to...

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'Utopia and Memory': The Third Eventi Letterari Monte Verità, and a Talk with Joachim Sartorius

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 6:42 AM

Orhan Pamuk by Anita Schiffer-Fuchs, image copyright of the photographer

In its third edition, the rather new yet ambitious literature festival Eventi Letterari Monte Verità once again delivers a rich program of young autors, essayists and bright analysists of different backgrounds,...

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Med Film Factory Training Program: Crowdfunding to Undo the Stereotypes

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 7:56 AM


In his book titled Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, author, film historian and critic Jack G. Shaheen analyzes the negative impact of Hollywood's cinematic stereotypes. He bases his writing on a study of more than 900 films through which,

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The Berlinale Diaries: Woman Power, the Eyes of a Thief Have It and Darren Aronofsky

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 7:33 AM

A still from Najwa Najjar Eyes of a Thief, featuring Khaled Abol Naga

This year's Berlinale is certainly woman-centric. There are exceptional leading ladies commanding the red carpet as Juliette Binoche did on opening night, in her tuxedo-inspired white...

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Best of Berlinale: A Conversation With Simon Curtis on Woman in Gold

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 10:01 AM

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in Woman in Gold, photo by Robert Viglasky, courtesy of The Weinstein Company

In his director's statement for the stunning new film Woman in Gold, which world premiered at this year's Berlinale...

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The Berlinale Diaries: Jafar Panahi's Taxi, Breathe Umphefumlo and the True Meaning of Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 3:08 AM

A still from Taxi by Jafar Panahi

I'll admit it can take just one film to usually convince me to come to a film festival. In the case of this year's Berlinale, it was Jafar Panahi's Taxi. I knew...

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The Berlinale Diaries: Opening Night and Why Cinema Can Heal the World

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 9:16 AM

Juliette Binoche and Rinko Kikuchi in a still from Nobody Wants the Night, photo by © Leandro Betancor

I'll admit I'm going into the Berlinale film festival with a heavy heart. I'm watching more and more of the world around me...

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Tanya Habjouqa's 'Occupied Pleasures': Keeping Our Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 1:39 AM


"...there are two types of people:
those who cast their suffering and sins
into the streets so they can sleep
and those who collect the people's suffering and sins
mold them into crosses, and parade them
through the...

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

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 8:37 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 | 11:19 AM

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 | 4:31 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 | 2:14 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 | 7:18 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 | 7:01 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 | 7:09 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 | 7:27 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 | 2:44 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 | 10:02 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 | 7:05 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 | 10:26 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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