Culture

Catalan-Moroccan author Najat El Hachmi (photo: Orlanda Verlag)

Najat El Hachmi’s "La filla estrangera"

An irrepressible desire for freedom

Malaysian rising hip-hop star, SYA (photo: Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Women in Malaysia

SYA, Def Jam's taboo-breaking female Malaysian rapper

Sitar player Hindol Deb (photo: Hindol Deb 2021)

Album review: Hindol Deb's "Essence of duality"

Beyond the exotic – for a new East-West dialogue

Jordanian author Jalal Barjas, this year's winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (photo: IPAF)

Interview with Jordanian novelist Jalal Barjas

"Some Arab writers present distorted images of their societies"

"Female Voice of Afghanistan" streaming festival poster (photo: Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin)

"Female Voice of Afghanistan" streaming festival

Afghan women raise their voices against trauma

Iranian-German author Siba Shakib (photo: Giacomo Terracciano)

Interview with Iranian-German author Siba Shakib

"The notion of home is bound up with loss"

Palestinian cultural consultant and actress Huda al Imam watches her film "Ave Maria", which is part of the new "Palestinian Stories" collection launched on Netflix, at her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, Jerusalem, 14 October 2021 (photo: Reuters/Ammar Awad)

Netflix launches Palestinian film collection

"We want our stories to travel"

Subay in front of his street painting in Paris in November 2019 (photo: AP Photo/picture-alliance)

Berlin's Human Rights Film Festival

"Yemen's Banksy" – Murad Subay creates art against war

Homepage banner of the Human Rights Festival in Berlin 2021 (source: Human Rights Festival Berlin)

Berlin's Human Rights Film Festival

The Moria Film School – "...and here we are"

Still from the film "Captains of Zaatari" (photo: Inga Gerke)

Berlin's Human Rights Film Festival

"Captains of Zaatari" – the unshakeable power of dreams

Still from Iman K. Zawahry's "American*ish" (distributed by

Film review: Fatima & Zawahry's "American*ish"

This is America, where dreams come true... ish

The author Fatima Daas (photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

Book review: Fatima Daas' "The Last One"

Confessions of a Muslim woman

Author Christy Lefteri (photo: private; source: Penguin/Random House)

Book review: Christy Lefteri's "The Beekeeper of Aleppo"

Escaping hell on earth

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