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This Is Not Cricket but Migration Is a Part of Our Future

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.03.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In a documentary titled This Is Not Cricket, currently crowdfunding on Aflamnah, Italian director Jacopo de Bertoldi and British producer Suzy Gillett have paired up to tell the story of two boys -- one Italian, one Indian -- who form an unlikely friendship through an unusual sport.

Open Bethlehem on Aflamnah: A Passport and the USA Campaign

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.17.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

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.

Med Film Factory Training Program: Crowdfunding to Undo the Stereotypes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Unfortunately, it's not only Western audiences that have grown to believe these absurd stereotypes, but the Arab world has started down a path that now seems hell bent on destruction.

Eight Fabulous New Finds from Middle East Now Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I'll preface this by pointing out that my fellow Florentines are notoriously pragmatic. Nothing really excites them, but at the concert for Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila the crowd fell head-over-heels under their spell.

Crowdfunding for the Oscars: The Journey of Mahdi Fleifel's A World Not Ours

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.19.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In his fascinating documentary A World Not Ours, and the short 'Epilogue' titled Xenos which just premiered at this year's Berlinale, filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel shows us his very personal connection to the refugee camp of his youth, Ain el-Helweh in Lebanon.

'The Shawati' Interviews': Cinematic Pioneer Nawaf Al-Janahi

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Al-Janahi doesn't mince his words when it comes to the business and culture of filmmaking in the Emirates. He'd rather see great quality and professionalism than cater to the much-promoted attitude of nurturing everyone who tries, at the risk of undermining the true talents of Khaliji (Gulf) cinema.

The Ismailia International Film Festival: Building a New Era of Arab Cinema

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Ismailia is a city in Egypt that is best known as "The City of Beauty and Enchantment," but also for its proximity to the Suez Canal and its soccer team, the Ismaily SC. Yet for the last 15 plus years, it has been the host town for a wonderful documentaries and shorts festival, the Ismailia International Film Festival.

Aflamnah: Looking for Crowdfunding in the Arab World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.09.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Started in July of 2012 by husband and wife team Vida Rizq and Lotfi Bencheikh, Aflamnah -- which simply translated means "our films" in Arabic -- is a platform much like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but with a simple twist.

Ten Gems From the Gulf

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I'm all about cinema and my personal gems were collected during the Gulf Film Festival, which was held in Dubai's Festival City from April 10th to the 17th.