Topic: Arab cinema

Still from Haifaa Al-Mansourʹs ʺThe Perfect Candidateʺ (source: Neue Visionen Filmverleih)

Haifaa Al-Mansourʹs ʺThe Perfect Candidateʺ

When the patriarchy has better things to do

Director Karim Ainouz with the film's female protagonist Nardjes Asli (source: Berlinale 2020)

International Women’s Day

Ainouz' "Nardjes A." – hope as a form of resistance

Sama standing on ruins in Aleppo in 2016. She holds a placard which says "This is Aleppo. What's justice?" (source: "For Sama"/Waad al-Kateab)

Documentary film: "For Sama"

The girl from a country in ruins

The artist Elia, played by director Elia Suleiman, in "It Must Be Heaven" (distributed by Le Pacte)

Film review: Elia Suleiman's "It Must Be Heaven"

"Open the door, you ass"

Still from"Tlamess" by Tunisian director Ala Eddine Slim (source: unifrance.org)

Film review: "Tlamess" by Ala Eddine Slim

Enchantment at the end of the world

Mosul Light Orchestra gives a recital in Erbil (photo: Goethe-Institut/Samyan Shaboy)

Overcoming cultural divisions

"Iraq is full of inspiring stories"

Still from Nouri Bouzidʹs ʺThe Scarecrowsʺ (source: official Facebook page)

Film review: Nouri Bouzidʹs ʺThe Scarecrowsʺ

Making amends is one path to healing

Poster advertising the Atteyat al-Abnoudy Retrospective in Berlinʹs Arsenal Cinema

Retrospective of Egyptian film director Atteyat al-Abnoudy

Advocate of the people

French-Moroccan film director Nabil Ayouch (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Nabil Ayouchʹs "Razzia"

Soaked in sorrow

Photomontage of director Abdelhamid Bouchnak and the "Dachra" film poster (source: YouTube)

Tunisian film "Dachra"

Horror meets black magic

Maverick and enfant terrible of the Arab film scene: Youssef Chahine (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Egyptian film-maker Youssef Chahine

The great visionary of Arab cinema

Lebanese film director Nadine Labaki (photo: Getty Images)

Interview with Lebanese film director Nadine Labaki

"Children are the first to pay for our wars"

Still taken from Mohammed Ben Atiaʹs "Dear Son" (distributed by BAC Films)

Mohamed Ben Attiaʹs "Dear Son"

O Sami, my son, my son

The Christian Tony (Adel Karam) in Ziad Doueiriʹs film "The Insult" (source: Alpenrepublik Filmverleih)

Ziad Doueiriʹs film "The Insult"

A microcosm of Lebanese society

Amine Ennaji in a still from "Kilikis, Town of Owls" (written and directed by Alaoui Lamharzi Azlarabe)

Film review: "Kilikis, the town of owls"

The power of reflected suffering

Iranian artist Shirin Neshat (photo: Reuters)

Interview with Iranian artist Shirin Neshat

The many faces of Oum Kulthum

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