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Gulf Film Festival

'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.

'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.

'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.

The Man Inside by Karim Goury: Imperfection as Inspiration

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

The Man Inside follows Karim Goury on a journey inside the room in Kuwait where his father lived the last few years of his life, and places him on the path of several momentous discoveries.

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.

Aflamnah: Looking for Crowdfunding in the Arab World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.09.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Started in July of 2012 by husband and wife team Vida Rizq and Lotfi Bencheikh, Aflamnah -- which simply translated means "our films" in Arabic -- is a platform much like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but with a simple twist.

Cooking in Cairo: Catching Up with Master Filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.09.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Meeting Yousry Nasrallah face to face is a true luxury. Not because the Egyptian filmmaker makes himself precious -- quite the opposite really -- but because Nasrallah's extraordinary insight, languid expression and sensual voice all combine to create the most perfect conversation.

Ten Gems From the Gulf

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I'm all about cinema and my personal gems were collected during the Gulf Film Festival, which was held in Dubai's Festival City from April 10th to the 17th.

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.

They Are the World: The 6th Gulf Film Festival in Dubai (PHOTOS)

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Ever since that day in 2011 when I read about this free-to-the-public festival with a magical ability to bring together masters and students in a most positive way, I have been eagerly awaiting a chance to attend.

Four Reasons All Filmmakers Should Listen To Pascal Diot of Dubai Filmmart

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Pascal Diot's knowledge is a stupendous resource to tap into for any filmmaker but also for a journo with a passion for world cinema. Following are four reasons why.

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.

The Cultural "Soul of Dubai" Is Unveiled During DIFF 2012

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.13.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

On this visit to Dubai, probably my sixth or seventh, I found culture and heritage at every turn, beyond the dazzling displays of the Dubai Film Fest opening night fireworks and the red carpet lavishness of the galas.