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Six Films That Could Save The World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I still hope for a day when Israeli filmmakers will be allowed to show their films in festivals throughout the Arab world and Palestinian filmmakers will once again show their oeuvres in Jerusalem, Haifa and other festivals around the country.

'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.

Return to Haifa: Whose Narrative Is It Anyway?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Leon T. Hadar

Return to Haifa, based on a novella by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani, is not a cultural product of our age of globalization.

The Best Films of 2010: Part 1

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If the movie year had ended last week, instead of just the first six months of the year, what movies would be the big contenders for awards?

HuffPost Review: The Secret in Their Eyes

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Juan Jose Campanella's The Secret of Their Eyes seemingly came out of nowhere to beat such critically favored films as The White Ribbon, Ajami and A Prophet for the foreign-film Oscar in March.

Ajami and the Oscars: Who Really Represents Israel?

David Saranga | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Saranga

Even if a film is critical of Israel, it is also an expression of the open character of our democracy. This is why I was astonished by the outrageous statement by Scandar Copti, an Arab Israeli director, that he does not represent Israel.

Academy Awards: Foreign Language Films 2010

David Wallechinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wallechinsky

This was an unusually strong year, with many films worth recommending. Last year, I thought the five nominees were all good choices. Unfortunately, this year was different, and two of the five nominees were not even in my top ten.

Ajami: You're Not in "Exodus" Anymore

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Leon T. Hadar

Ironically, Ajami introduce American viewers to a new brand of Israel/Palestine that seems to reflect the political, social and cultural realities of this region more than the fantasies being concocted by the PR geniuses.

Deconstructing Ajami

Fabio Periera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Fabio Periera

No single film will bring peace to the Middle East, but films like Ajami provide a new context for understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict.

"Ajami": A Film to Challenge the Israeli and Palestinian Narratives?

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

Hitting US theaters today is Ajami, Israel's contender at this year's Academy Awards, which has also been garnering praise at Cannes and other interna...