"Turtles Can Fly" tells of orphans who earn a living digging up land mines (photo: Mitos Film)

Bahman Ghobadi and New Kurdish Cinema

Ten Movie Theaters for 40 Million People

"Dynasty", Nigerian style


Watch Out Hollywood, Here Comes Nollywood

Political pressure from abroad plays a role in the selection of a theme for the fair, say analysts (photo: Markus Kirchgessner)

Cairo International Book Fair

Reforms and Censorship

Yamina Bachir-Chouikh (photo: Institut du Monde Arabe)

Interview with Yamina Bachir-Chouikh

No Freedom of Expression without Funds

photo: Sudabeh Mohafez

Portrait Sudabeh Mohafez

Building Bridges between Teheran and Berlin

Scene from the film 'Cine Caravane' at the Beirut documentary festival DocuDays 2004

Arab Cinema

The Dawn of a New Documentary Film Culture

A Turkish flag waves on a boat sailing on the Bosporus through Istanbul, photo: AP

The Turkish Book Market

Hoping for a Push towards Modernisation

Cover "Kino des Orients"

Book Review

The 'Cinema of the Orient' Is Not a Hyped Illusion

Women in Afghanistan – identified by license plates, cartoon by the Algerian cartoonist Dilem (cartoon: Dilem)

Cartoons from the Maghreb

Cunning, Clever, Critical

Badou Jobe paved the way for world music stars like Youssou N'dour, Baba Maal, Salif Keïta and Mory Kante (photo: Momodou Camara)

Portrait Badou Jobe

The Rediscovery of African Values

Ayse Polat, photo: AP

Portrait Ayse Polat

An Unprejudiced View beyond Cultural Borders

Daniel Barenboim directs an orchestra composed of Israeli, Palestinian and Andalucian musicians (photo: AP)

Daniel Barenboim

Musical Diplomacy in the Middle East

The train was originally used to show educational and safety videos to rail personnel (photo: Mary Fowles)

Ciné Rail Project Morocco

Cultural Activities for Children

Rafi Peer (Rafi Peerzada), the "Father of Modern Theatre in the Sub-continent" (image: Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop)

Lahore World Performing Arts Festival

At the Banks of Annemarie Schimmel Bay

The "Green Dome" logo of the Islam and Shakespeare Festival (photo: Peter Sanders)

The Moroccan of Venice

Shakespeare and Islam at London's Globe Theatre

Radio is a powerful medium in Iraq, photo: AP

Radio for Iraqis

Germany Funds Election Radio in Iraq

Scene from "Blackout Journey", Germany's contribution to the festival (photo: Goethe Institute Cairo)

Cairo International Film Festival

Confronting Violence and Terrorism

The project aims to preserve Islamic artefacts threatened by the Israeli occupation (photo: Museum with No Frontiers)

"Museum with No Frontiers"

Countering the Destruction of Islamic Culture

Muhammad Bakri (photo: Martina Sabra)

Muhammad Bakri

A Palestinian's Career in Film

The prestigious Kleist Award that Sevgi Özdamar won is endowed with prize money to the tune of € 20,000 (photo: Isolde Ohlbaum, courtesy Kiwi-Verlag, Köln)

Sevgi Özdamar

German-Turkish Writer Wins Kleist Award