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Arab Cinema

Mohamed Hefzy: Ismailia Film Fest Director, Film Clinic Producer & Filmmaker

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

To Egyptian audiences Hefzy offers a new type of movie, modern and urban, while to the rest of the world a blend of wonderfully written characters and slice-of-life poetic interpretations of today's land of chaos and humanity, so often watched on the news and yet so seldom understood.

'The Cannes Diaries': A Pre-Festival, Last-Minute Checklist

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

If you're looking for reviews, there are brilliant men and women out there who do it all beautifully. But if you're looking for highlights, fun tidbits and a slightly different way of looking at the grandest film festival in the world, you're in the right place.

The Business of Arab Cinema: Gianluca Chakra of Front Row Filmed Entertainment

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.10.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

A few months ago, for Abu Dhabi magazine Shawati', I caught up with Gianluca Chakra, the talent and mind behind Front Row Filmed Entertainment, one of the leading distributors in the Middle East.

'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."

'The Shawati' Interviews': The Brain That Sings Filmmaker Amal Al-Agroobi

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.12.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Catching up with the beautiful, intelligent, insightful Al-Agroobi, as I did to interview her for Shawati' Abu Dhabi, is always a pleasure and her answers cut to the heart of the matter.

'The Shawati' Interviews': Wadjda Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

"It is easy to be pessimistic, and to feel like a victim, but we need films that inspire us to go out and change things for the better. We have plenty of tragedy in real life in this part of the world; we don't need films to reinforce an already pervasive sense of despair."

'The Shawati' Interviews': Producer Mohammed Al Turki

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

Arab cinema has a humanity that connects deeply to its audiences, and year by year, is conquering fans all over the world. Perhaps it's because Arab films deal with women who look real, men who act real and stories that really get to the heart of the matter. As easily understood in Beirut, as in Berlin, Baltimore and Bombay.

The 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival: Life's Better at the Movies

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

Give me a film to learn my history, politics and geography any day, over news bulletins, newspapers and professors. I'll admit with pride that I've learned about everything worth knowing from filmmakers.

'Portrait Chinois': Getting to Know Abu Dhabi Film Fest Director Ali Al-Jabri

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.25.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I knew behind Emirati filmmaker and actor Ali Al-Jabri's public persona, always interested, incredibly humble and so wonderfully representative of great Emirati culture, there was a special story. If only I could get him to open up.

First Moroccan To Publicly Come Out Is Set To Make History Once Again

AP | COLLEEN BARRY | Posted 09.04.2013 | Gay Voices

MILAN -- Writer and director Abdellah Taia believes he has given Arab cinema its first gay protagonist in his debut film `'Salvation Army." Taia alre...

Beyond Hollywood: A Year End Review of Arab Cinema from Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Bottom line, if you're not watching films from or about this part of the world, you're not really watching films.

Tribeca Film Fest 2011: Shakespeare, Wisdom and Love in the Arab World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.11.2011 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

This year's TFF offers some incredible treats for those interested in traveling the world through the cinematic lens. It seems to belong to the many Arab and Middle Eastern films featured in the festival.