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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.

The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: Opening Night, the IWC Filmmaker Award and Virginia Madsen

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.10.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

As I write this, an elegant little crow has landed on the table of my luxury hotel room's balcony overlooking Burj Al Arab. Yes, it's like that here, a mix of celebrity, cinema, sweeping man-made landscapes and the best that nature has to offer.

'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."

'The Shawati' Interviews': Producer Mohammed Al Turki

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

Arab cinema has a humanity that connects deeply to its audiences, and year by year, is conquering fans all over the world. Perhaps it's because Arab films deal with women who look real, men who act real and stories that really get to the heart of the matter. As easily understood in Beirut, as in Berlin, Baltimore and Bombay.

Best Foreign Language Oscar Short List Includes Surprise Snubs

Posted 12.20.2013 | Entertainment

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nine films eligible for nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category at 2014's ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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," first film by Saudi female director

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

"Wadjda," first film by Saudi female director with French sensitivities, selected to open the Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya film festival this year Wi...

The Best-Reviewed Movies Of 2013 Might Surprise You

Posted 09.05.2013 | Entertainment

During the final four months of 2013, Hollywood studios will release films that stand the greatest chance at winning year-end glory from critics and a...

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.

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...

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.

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.