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

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.15.2014 | 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.

Six Films That Could Save The World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.22.2014 | 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 Battle Over the Narrative - Middle East Conflict Moves to New Turf

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 04.26.2014 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

In a time of seemingly hopeless negotiations, boycotts, and tension, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is entering a new war zone: movies. In many ways, this is one of the more important battles.

'Omar in Toronto': Nazareth, in the Land of Film and Hany (Abu-Assad)

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.08.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Nazareth is infectious. From the moment I set foot in town, I knew why the filmmaker had moved back to "the ghetto," as Abu-Assad affectionately calls it -- to his family's building, where he's now surrounded by uncles, aunts, and his amazing mother who lives just upstairs.

What The Guardian Left Out: Six Arab Films That Cannot Be Missed

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.08.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

As someone who believes, perhaps misguidedly but never quietly, in the healing power of cinema and the ability of filmmakers to help bridge the divide, I could not imagine any list of Arab cinema that does not include these six modern masters.