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Haifaa Al Mansour

Arclight Cinema's Women In Entertainment Summit Empowers Tomorrow's Creatives

Xaque Gruber | Posted 12.23.2016 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

In 2015, Arclight Cinemas presented the inaugural Women In Entertainment Summit, a full day event featuring keynotes, panels and fireside chats where ...

Nadine Labaki on Life, Freedom and Cinema's True Power, in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.09.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

If there is one film that changed my life, it's Nadine Labaki's Caramel. It is the kind of movie I can watch again and again, and still find hidden within it new gems of wisdom and insights.

The Cannes Diaries 2015: Aishwarya, Hitchcock, Heelgate and Wajib

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.23.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Still a bit to go until the Palme d'Or and Un Certain Regard prizes are announced in Cannes, and speculations are aplenty regarding the winners. Some say the festival was devoid of great works of art, others complained about the Festival de Cannes typical bureaucracy.

Tribeca All Access 2015: Giving a Cinematic Voice to the Underrepresented

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.20.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Years ago, when I first started writing about films, I remember attending a luncheon for the Tribeca All Access program, offered by the Tribeca Film Institute, during the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.

Meryl Streep's Ode to Emma Thompson at the National Board of Review Gala

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.10.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

What can't Meryl Streep do? Presenting a Best Actress award to her friend Emma Thompson, she offered the 700 gala guests of the National Board of Revi...

'The Shawati' Interviews': Wadjda Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

"It is easy to be pessimistic, and to feel like a victim, but we need films that inspire us to go out and change things for the better. We have plenty of tragedy in real life in this part of the world; we don't need films to reinforce an already pervasive sense of despair."

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.

Saudi Women Drivers: Threat to State Religion and Politics

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.15.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

For many women who want the driving ban lifted, the issue is a push toward wider reforms, supported by an increasing number of men. However, there are underlying religious and political potholes.

Wadjda: A Girl Who Changes the World on Her Bicycle

Dr Eylem Atakav | Posted 10.23.2013 | Entertainment
Dr Eylem Atakav

The first ever feature film entirely shot in Saudi Arabia, where there are no cinemas and public spaces are segregated according to gender, is written and directed by a woman, Haifaa Al Mansour.

WATCH: Quran Memorization Gets A Spunky Female Hero With "Wadjda" Film

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion

Saudi's first feature film is groundbreaking on many levels, featuring the kingdom's first female director, Haifaa Al Mansour, and a female lead. It...

Saudi Arabia's First Female Film Director Is A Badass

Posted 07.10.2013 | Women

Haifaa Al Mansour is Saudi Arabia's first female feature-film director -- and it's not a responsibility that she takes lightly. Her movie, "Wadjda...

Screenwriter Joëlle Touma Bridges Cinematic Worlds

Annette Insdorf | Posted 09.01.2013 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

While The Attack and Just Like a Woman are directed by men, they seem to respect the complexity of female identity in the Arab world.

Live From the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Saturday, June 29

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

My day at KVIFF proved that you could travel around the world in a single day without ever leaving the festival's central building. The best two films of the day were also the first two: Honeymoon and Wadjda, a film by Saudi Arabia's first female director.

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.

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.

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.

Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda: A Human Saudi Film To Tear Down the Divide

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.12.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Groundbreaking is definitely an overrated word these days. Yet there are some instances when nothing else will do. Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda for example, is a film that demands the multiple use of this word.