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When I Saw You

Creating an Audience: The Doha Film Institute Introduces Ajyal Youth Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

In just three short years, the Qatari organization has managed to fund incredible projects, create a hub for film education, production and showcase in the Gulf.

Saleh Bakri at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival: 'Nothing Is Impossible'

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

"They want to erase Palestine from the memory of the new generation, and anything I can do to fight that, I will be more than happy." -- Shafiq Al-...

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.

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.

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.

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.

When I Saw You: Could This Palestinian Film Win the Next Foreign Language Oscar?

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.25.2012 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In 2013 the Palestinian state may acquire non-member "observer state" status at the UN. This coming year could also see the first Palestinian entry on an Oscar short list and quite possibly an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

From the Headlines: A Procrastinator's Guide to Toronto International Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.03.2012 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

This year's Toronto International Film Festival is the perfect programming blend of independent projects and big studio films, master filmmakers and some recently discovered greats, short films with heft and long movies with a light heart.