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Requiem for a Cinematic Heavyweight: Adieu Abu Dhabi Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.07.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Just a few days before this year's Festival de Cannes, those of us who watch, love and write about Arab cinema received a press release from Abu Dhabi that seemed like just another announcement.

The Cannes Diaries 2015: Aishwarya, Hitchcock, Heelgate and Wajib

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.23.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Still a bit to go until the Palme d'Or and Un Certain Regard prizes are announced in Cannes, and speculations are aplenty regarding the winners. Some say the festival was devoid of great works of art, others complained about the Festival de Cannes typical bureaucracy.

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

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.18.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Out of the Ordinary as a film may end up being misunderstood, but I believe strongly in its message of love being the one emotion that has the power to make us a little bit magical.

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

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.10.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

As I write this, an elegant little crow has landed on the table of my luxury hotel room's balcony overlooking Burj Al Arab. Yes, it's like that here, a mix of celebrity, cinema, sweeping man-made landscapes and the best that nature has to offer.

Six Films That Could Save The World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I still hope for a day when Israeli filmmakers will be allowed to show their films in festivals throughout the Arab world and Palestinian filmmakers will once again show their oeuvres in Jerusalem, Haifa and other festivals around the country.

The Cannes Diaries: Ending on a High Note with Jimmy's Hall

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.24.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Cannes was full of unusual discussions and strange happenings.

'The Shawati' Interviews': When I Saw You Filmmaker Annemarie Jacir

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.24.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

"Listen to your heart. If my films can touch one person and maybe give them the feeling that they don't have to be swallowed up by this world."

Creating an Audience: The Doha Film Institute Introduces Ajyal Youth Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

In just three short years, the Qatari organization has managed to fund incredible projects, create a hub for film education, production and showcase in the Gulf.

Saleh Bakri at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival: 'Nothing Is Impossible'

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

"They want to erase Palestine from the memory of the new generation, and anything I can do to fight that, I will be more than happy." -- Shafiq Al-Hou...

What The Guardian Left Out: Six Arab Films That Cannot Be Missed

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.08.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

As someone who believes, perhaps misguidedly but never quietly, in the healing power of cinema and the ability of filmmakers to help bridge the divide, I could not imagine any list of Arab cinema that does not include these six modern masters.

Of Middle East Cinema and Filmmakers in Cannes: Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.27.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

As much as I admire filmmakers, they are modern-day heroes for managing the nearly impossible feat of creating the magic of cinema despite financial restraints and all kinds of obstacles, we must recognize and applaud, encourage these cultural organizations that aid and assist.

When I Saw You: Could This Palestinian Film Win the Next Foreign Language Oscar?

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.25.2012 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In 2013 the Palestinian state may acquire non-member "observer state" status at the UN. This coming year could also see the first Palestinian entry on an Oscar short list and quite possibly an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.