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A Saudi comedy about dating? See it this weekend

Mahmoud Sabbagh doesn’t want to rock the boat so much that it sinks. He just wants to rock it enough to bring about social reform in his country.<p>The …

7 Hollywood flicks that were shot in Morocco

Morocco has always been a great location for film shoots, especially when the film is partially or wholly set in the Arab world. Here's a look at 7 …

Maskoon: Arab region's first genre-focused film festival to launch in Lebanon - Film - Arts & Culture

Between 14 and 18 September, Beirut will host Maskoon, the film festival specialising in horror, action, fantasy and sci-fi.<p>The festival is the first …

Image Nation poised to jumpstart Saudi film industry

Abu Dhabi's film and TV production company Image Nation is looking to help Saudi Arabia build its TV and film industry with officials negotiating …

40 years on, a controversial film on Islam's origins is now a classic

‘Nobody has tackled family issues in the cinema of the Gulf’

A close-knit family is at the heart of millions of happy homes across the Gulf. Yet, cinema from the region has made very little exploration of this …

Why critically acclaimed Egyptian film faces backlash at home

Author: Mohamed Saied<p>CAIRO — "Clash," a highly acclaimed film by Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, was finally released in cinemas around Egypt last …

Egyptian Director Tamer El Said's 'In the Last Days of the City' Wins Top Prize in Poland

The intimate study of Cairo was awarded at Wroclaw's New Horizons Festival.<p>Egyptian director Tamer El Said's <i>In the Last Days of the City</i> won the …

Egypt

Emirati actor tells how he came to be at the heart of the action in Dishoom

If you saw Bollywood action movie Dishoom over the weekend, you will have noticed the Abu Dhabi landmarks that form the backdrop as cops John Abraham …

Ten films to watch by late Egyptian director Mohamed Khan - Film - Arts & Culture

<b>Darbet shams (Sunstroke, 1978)</b><p>Directed by Mohamed Khan<br>Starring Nour El-Sherif, Leila Fawzi, Noura<p>The film won Cidalec Golden Award for best film at …

Leading Egyptian Filmmaker Mohamed Khan Dies at 73

Khan, whose last film 'Before the Summer Crowds' was released in Egypt in April, died after a short illness.<p>Renowned Egyptian director Mohamed Khan …

Egypt

Tom Hanks praises 'Clash' by Egypt's Mohamed Diab

Egyptian film director, Mohamed Diab has captured the attention of people all around the world with his latest film " Eshtebak " (Clash), including …

Young filmmakers get taste of the action through Image Nation training programme

ABU DHABI // Ask Emirati teenager Husain Al Hashmi how much he loves films and he will reply with a question of his own: “How big is the sky?”<p>Since …

Oliver Reed, Saddam Hussein and the true story of the world's most bizarre film

Hollywood has known its fair share of megalomaniacs. Legendary movie moguls like Louis B Mayer and Jack Warner ran their studios like dictators, hiring and firing young starlets on a whim.<p>But, according to a documentary to be aired tonight, one film, made 35 years ago in the Arabian desert, had a …

Egypt's Nawara, Zeer Story head down under for Australia's Arab Film Festival

"Just Keep Your Head Down, Don’t Bring Attention," Says Arab Filmmaker on Not Wearing National Dress in U.S.

The UAE government has warned its citizens against wearing traditional Arabic robes while visiting the West after an Emirati man was detained at …

Middle East

Aerial assault: new Emirati sci-fi drama invades cinemas

Dubai looks set to have a rough ride with invading aliens over the course of the summer.<p>While many movie fans are eagerly looking forward to …

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'A life loving soul': One year since the passing of iconic filmmaker Nabeeha Lotfy - Film - Arts & Culture

The piano tunes wander about the confines of the packed hall, as an album of photos unravels in the background.<p>Her smile is a ceaseless element of …

Egyptian actor Ahmed Ezz sentenced to 3 years in prison for defaming actress Zeina - Entertainment - Arts & Culture

Nasr City misdemeanor court sentenced Saturday Egyptian actor Ahmed Ezz in absentia to three years in prison and levied a fine of EGP 15,000 on …

Evolving identities: filmmaker Adolf El Assal talks about 'Sawah', a reflection on his own journey - Film - Arts & Culture

“A wanderer, walking between countries” is the opening lyric of Abdel Halim Hafez’s song Sawah (or Sawwah, 'Wanderer' in Arabic). The title has been …

Mai Masri interview: 3000 Nights is based on a real story

Beyond the multiplex: a look at the arthouse film scene in the UAE

Summer has arrived and where better to retreat from the heat than the air-conditioned cool of a cinema. But with many showing the same, …

Hany Abu-Assad is the Palestinian Idol . . . Reluctantly

"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards," noted Soren Kierkgaard, but what if you don't see much of a future for yourself and those around you? Will you just become mired in the past? That's the plight of many of the characters in the critically acclaimed offerings of …

Israel

Persian poet biopic and Spider-Man reboot face whitewashing rows

Writer’s wish for Leonardo DiCaprio to play Jalal al-Din Rumi leads to petition, while superhero reboot reportedly casts white actor to play a Korean American<p>A biopic of 13th-century Persian poet Jalal al-Din Rumi and the upcoming Spider-Man reboot are both in the middle of a new whitewashing …

Comics

'Arts of the Monsoon' Is a Striking Documentary Exploring the Cultural Connections Between Oman and Zanzibar

When you arrive on the Swahili coast, it feels like a different world from the savanna landscapes or the booming cities of Nairobi or Dar es Salaam …

Google Remembers ‘Lady of Arab Cinema’ Faten Hamama

Google Remembers ‘Lady of Arab Cinema’ Faten Hamama<p>Google marked the 85th birthday of the late ‘Lady of Arab Cinema’ Faten Hamama through a Google …

Award-winning Palestinian film '3000 Nights' to screen in Iraq and Tunisia