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Arab Idol

Hany Abu-Assad is the Palestinian Idol . . . Reluctantly

Brandon Judell | Posted 06.08.2016 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards," noted Soren Kierkgaard, but what if you don't see much of a future for yoursel...

Casting Child Actors in Gaza via Skype

Courtney M. Soliday | Posted 04.12.2016 | Entertainment
Courtney M. Soliday

Academy Award-nominated Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad just stopped by to chat with Ricky Camilleri about his latest project, The IDOL. The film ...

Doesn't Get Better Than This: A Wrap Up of the 2015 Dubai Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I'm seldom impressed with celebrities, but I have to say that somehow their stars shine brighter in Dubai.

'Little Pride, Little Joy': The Tragedy Behind Assaf-Mania

Somdeep Sen | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Somdeep Sen

The passion and emotions of the jubilation made me wonder, "This is just a reality TV-show. Isn't it?" It sure is. But, of late, victory for Gazans has been of a morbid nature. Often steeped in the mentality of resistance, it has been synonymous with survival.

Palestinian Wedding Singer Gets More Votes Than His President

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Mohammed Assaf, a 23-year-old wedding singer from a refugee camp in Gaza, became not only the first Palestinian to win "Arab Idol," but also the first in decades to prompt such a visceral outpouring of emotion, uniting Palestinians of all walks of life, political affiliations and generations in a winning moment - a rarity, to say the least.