Walaa Tanji, protagonist of the film "What Walaa wants", at the Berlinale 2018 (source: Berlinale)

Berlinale 2018: "What Walaa wants"

Against all the odds

Still from Umut Dag's "The German Child" (photo: Daniela Incoronato)

German-Turkish film festival defies the odds

Sending a message

Kurdish author and translator Kawa Nemir (photo: Murat Bayram)

James Joyce′ "Ulysses" in Kurdish

Across snotgrean seas

Joobin Behkrad is founder and publisher of "Reorient", an online magazine for contemporary art from the Middle East (photo: Joobin Behkrad)

Interview with Joobin Bekhrad, publisher of "Reorient"

Love-letter to Tehran

Author Samira Ahmed (source: Penguin Random House)

Book review: Samira Ahmedʹs "Love, hate and other filters"

A sense of not belonging

Still from Mani Haghighiʹs "Khook" (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Berlinale 2018: Iranian film "Khook"

When heads roll

Still from Karim Ainouz′ ″Central Aiport THF″ (photo: Juan Sarmiento)

Berlinale 2018: ″Central Airport THF″ by Karim Ainouz

Lives lived in waiting

Extract from the film "Sheikh Jackson" (source: YouTube)

Film review: ″Sheikh Jackson″

Pop go the faithful

Kurdish author Bachtyar Ali (photo: Bachtyar Ali)

Interview with Kurdish author Bachtyar Ali

"I only exist where my words take flight"

Soubhi Shami plays Elsewhere Bird (source: Theater der Jungen Welt, Leipzig)

″Der Vogel Anderswo″ – Elsewhere Bird

Nurturing empathy

Against a backdrop of Israel′s "Separation Barrier", women and men hold hands and dance the dabke. Their legs are chained together and a checkpoint stands between two of them (copyright: Mohammed Sabaaneh)

Mohammad Sabaaneh′s "White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine"

Punching through the glass

A.R. Rahman′s ″The Sufi Route″ concert (source:

Sufism and Bollywood

A glittering antidote

Maya Youssef Trio at Musicport 2017 (source: YouTube)

Album review: Maya Youssef′s ″Syrian Dreams″

Hope still springs

Turkish actor Baris Atay (photo: private)

Turkish actor Baris Atay

Defy the dictators!

Faravahar is the symbol of Zoroastrianism, a religion based on the teaching of the prophet Zarathustra which originated in what is now modern-day Iran (source: Reza Sjadirad/DW)

Goethe and Zoroastrianism

The eternal battle between good and evil

Symbolic image of Trump's travel ban; international travellers arriving at Boston's Logan Airport are reflected in a door next to a no entry sign (photo: Reuters/B. Snyder)

Book review: a ″Banthology″ of short stories

Framing the dangerous nations

Syrian dramatist Wael Kadour (photo: private)

Interview with Syrian playwright Wael Kadour

A vehicle for integration

Libyan author Hisham Matar (photo: Luchterhand Literaturverlag)

Interview with Libyan author Hisham Matar

″You can't turn back the clock″

Screenshot of the Schiller concert in Tehran on the website

Electronic music band Schiller in Tehran

The pull of the West

Bachtyar Ali (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Unionsverlag)

Bachtyar Ali's novel "Die Stadt der weißen Musiker"

Poetry and truth