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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 Dubai Film Festival Diaries: Khaled Abol Naga, The Sleeping Tree from Bahrain and Santa Claus

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.14.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

The film is entertaining, funny, cute and having Egyptian legend Lebleba introduce the screening playing "Mama Noel," complete with red and white jacket and hat, was both surreal and cool.

The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: The Groundbreaking Dolphins, Paul Bettany's Shelter and Asha Bhosle

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.12.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Ultimately, each time we go to the movies, we, the audience, make a choice for better or worse cinema. We make a decision that influences what gets made, what gets produced, what is distributed and shown.

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.

Charisma Personified: Meeting Ali Suliman at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.15.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Meet Ali Suliman. Not only does Suliman embody all of the above qualities and possess each and every one of those talents, but he's also a great interview.

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.

The Abu Dhabi Diaries: Can a Film Festival Help Us Overcome Misconceptions, Conflicts and Stereotypes?

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

This wondrous season of endless possibilities kicks off with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival where, from October 23rd to the 1st of November, it's time once again for some magnificent movie watching, some life-changing interviews and the all around welcoming atmosphere of my favorite region in the world.

European Film Screenings in the UAE: Trying for Peace, Love and Understanding

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I love what Quentin Tarantino says, "When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, no, I went to films." It's so true, just as art is only learned by looking at paintings and then drawing, doing, so filmmaking can only be achieved by watching the masters at work, and then trying to capture their essence.

The Ismailia International Film Festival: Building a New Era of Arab Cinema

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Ismailia is a city in Egypt that is best known as "The City of Beauty and Enchantment," but also for its proximity to the Suez Canal and its soccer team, the Ismaily SC. Yet for the last 15 plus years, it has been the host town for a wonderful documentaries and shorts festival, the Ismailia International Film Festival.

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.