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Doha Film Institute

Meet Khaled Abol Naga, Egypt's International Treasure

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I need a hero. It's the reason I watch films, looking for what politicians, warmongers, our so-called diplomats and those giant corporations haven't given the world yet. And probably never will.

The Doha Ajyal Diaries: Qumra, Closing Night and Salma Hayek on Freedom

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.07.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Movies change us, for the better or worse, lets deal with it.

The Doha Ajyal Diaries: The Islamic Art Museum, Souk Waqif and 'Made in Qatar'

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.04.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I love to discover a thread between the real world and the movies. Particularly if that connection pushes humanity to do better and accommodates my ongoing personal agenda to heal and unite, while watching one inspiring film at a time.

The Doha Ajyal Diaries: For the Love of Cinema and Khalil Gibran's The Prophet

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

This beautiful city, with its azure seas is the epicenter of where I first realized that the stories being told in the region held the potential to unite us and ideally, help save the world.

The Doha Ajyal Diaries: Speed Sisters Kicks It Off With the Magic of Palestine

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.31.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Amber Fares' Speed Sisters is cool, fast-paced, insightful and fun to watch. Everything a documentary about the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East should be, and more.

'Stand Up for What You Care About': The Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.28.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

This year the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, in its second edition, is going to be phenomenal, mark my words. The six-day event will kick off with the world premiere of Amber Fares' Speed Sisters, a documentary featuring the stories of Marah, Mona, Betty, Noor and Maysoon -- the first all-woman rally-racing team in the Middle East.

The Abu Dhabi Diaries: Making the Impossible Possible, for Great World Cinema

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.03.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

After all is said and done, the movie screenings finished, the red carpets rolled away and the party venues dismantled, what should a film festival leave a cinema lover with?

The Abu Dhabi Diaries: From A to B, With Great Arab Cinema in Between

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.27.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

This year, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival feels extra special.

Best of Venice: Theeb Takes the World by (Sand) Storm

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Theeb is a jewel, deserving of its Orizzonti Award for Best Director prized to Naji Abu Nowar in Venice and more. But Theeb is also the kind of film that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go.

'Middle East Now': Changing the World, One Film at a Time

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Personally, I feel that the elusive "peace" -- along with inseparable companions, justice and equality -- in the region will come out of what one filmmaker calls "artistic resistance."

'The Shawati' Interviews': Filmmaker and Mentor Scandar Copti

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

One man who has been working extensively in both Doha and Abu Dhabi is Palestinian filmmaker Scandar Copti. I caught up with the filmmaker to interview him for my piece on cinema in the Gulf featured in Shawati' Abu Dhabi.

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.

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.

The Doha Film Institute in Cannes: The Power of Two (Festivals)

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

There have been quite a few momentous changes at the Doha Film Institute in the past 12 months, including a switch in management, an allegiance dissolved and a clear trend to return to its well-intentioned roots. But perhaps the most important step is what was just announced.

DFI Presents Groundbreaking: The Virgin, the Copts and Me at Tribeca

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.27.2012 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

Ultimately, The Virgin, the Copts and Me is about what it portrays but also what it conveys. Each audience member at that screening came away with a very personal feeling. Mine was a resolve to continue to believe in the magical power of cinema.

Omar Sharif: The Last Great Arab Movie Star?

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.14.2012 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Sharif is wonderfully evasive and refuses to say anything that can be used as a slogan for institutions or to promote an organization.

Doha Tribeca Film Fest 2011: Nadine Labaki's Latest, Antonio Banderas, and the Wonder of Black Gold

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.18.2011 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

The Doha Tribeca Film Festival is the kind of event that can make all other film festivals seem unexciting.

Amanda Palmer: Al Jazeera Host, DFI Director, World Cinema Ambassador

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.10.2011 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

The Fabulous Picture Show is hosted and produced by Amanda Palmer. With her grace and professional strength, she could cinematically unite the Arab and Western worlds.