Topic: Arab cinema

The Egyptian series "El-Ekhteyar 2" was created by a production company with close ties to the military - and promotes a narrative to match (photo: ON TV)

Mass propaganda in Egypt

"El-Ekhteyar 2" – twisting the facts for President Sisi

Film poster: "As I want" by Samaher al-Qadi (dsitributed by Prophecy Films)

Berlinale 2021: Samaher al-Qadi's "As I want"

“We’re meant to be ashamed of the way we laugh”

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"

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