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Six Films That Could Save The World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.23.2014 | 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.

Why Women in Film Matter

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.06.2014 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

Without women's stories, we see only half of our world. Without women filmmakers showing us what it really means to be a woman within what has long been a patriarchal society, we cannot appreciate the many struggles women have experienced, nor the sweetness of the victories won.

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: Divorce Orthodox Style, the Next Arab Superstar and Hugs on the Croisette

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.17.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Walking up the stairs of the Theatre Croisette inside the JW Marriott after the screening, I felt as if I was thankfully coming up for air, after having been submersed in feelings and beautifully cinematic anguish for nearly two hours.

Fran Mires Talks Rayhein ala Fein, Egypt's Popular Reality Show, at DIFF

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.24.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I was a bit skeptical, but in just under ten years, Al Hurra has achieved a great deal in the MENA Region and a grand part of that has been due to the presence of Fran Mires, program developer and television executive for the network.

Shahad Ameen's Eye & Mermaid at DIFF: The Courage To Dream

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.18.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Eye & Mermaid is not the light, feel-good, easy tale, that it may appear to be from the title. We read mermaids and unicorns and we think it's going to be a walk in park. At least, I did.

Wrapping Up: 10th Dubai International Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I came away from DIFF a believer in this as a film festival with a vision of the future of film, from the standpoint of aesthetics, technology and business.

Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl: Coming Soon to a Heart Near You

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I don't know about you, but when someone says 'legendary' it's not often a word I associate with contemporary, entertaining and wonderfully human. Yet Khan's latest film Factory Girl, which enjoyed its world premiere at this year's DIFF is all that, and much, much more.

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Friday, Dec. 13

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.12.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When you stay at a film festival for more than three or four days, the law of diminishing returns usually catches up with you. Yet here I was on my seventh day of movie-going at the Dubai International Film Festival -- my last day here.

Live from the Dubai International Film Festival: Thursday, Dec. 12

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A film festival is one of the few places where you can take a trip around the world in the course of a day, without ever leaving a mall multiplex. ...

Fifteen Questions with Filmmaker Ali F. Mostafa at DIFF

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.11.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I wanted to show a glimpse into the funny, charming, down-to-earth Ali Mostafa that his friends know and love, behind all the glitz and glamour of his image. So I sat down with him inside the bustling Dubai Film Market and asked him a quick round of questions.

Live from the Dubai International Film Festival: Tuesday, Dec. 10

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having worked with the Dubai International Film Festival since its inception in 2004 - and as its managing director since 2006 - Shivani Pandya has ...

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Monday, Dec. 9

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How bad can a film-festival day be when you see four movies - and only one of them is terrible? And the best one is the last one of the day? That ...

'Ten for the Tenth': DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma on the Festival's Big Anniversary

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

His words perhaps shed light on the reasons why Dubai, in ten short years, has become the Cannes of the Arab world, the go-to destination for world cinema in the region, and beyond.

DIFF Dazzles: An Introductory Guide to the 10th Dubai International Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

To cinema lovers, this year's Dubai International Film Festival appears like a dream come true.

Haider Rashid's It's About to Rain: Holding Up a Mirror to Injustice

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.13.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

What does it mean to belong to a country, to be a certified, true citizen somewhere? Haider Rashid, a multicultural filmmaker who was born in Florence of an Iraqi father and an Italian mother, asks that question in his new film It's About to Rain, and in the process raises many more.

Wisdom From the Chairman: What I Learned From Abdulhamid Juma in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Sitting in conversation with Abdulhamid Juma, the Chairman of both the Dubai International Film Festival and the Gulf Film Festival, is a film-lover's dream come true. It's unique to find a perfect businessman who also possesses an infectious passion for cinema.

Searching for Superman: Bekas Finds Its Wings Thanks to DIFF

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.06.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

In Bekas, Zana and Dana are children of the land made infamous by Saddam Hussein's atrocities, but they lean upon the legend of an unlikely ally to help them survive their difficult surroundings and miserable situation: Superman.

The 9th Dubai International Film Festival: Celebrities, Galas and Magnificent Films

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.03.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

With some great ball gowns packed already -- one thing DIFF does not do is casual! -- a thirst for discovering new favorites and watching once again a few films near and dear to my heart, I look forward to the 9th Dubai International Film Festival.

Film as Activism -- Richard Peña Talks 'Orientation: A New Arab Cinema'

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.23.2012 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

While two years ago talking about films like Cairo Exit and City of Life drew blank stares in NYC conversations, these days it's becoming increasingly challenging to secure tickets for any film from MENA screening in the Big Apple.