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The documentary filmmaker won several awards for her documentary about life in Aleppo during Bashar al-Assad's seige.

Kateab's Oscar-nominated 'For Sama' followed doctors on the frontlines in Aleppo. Now the Syrian director has filmed British doctors fighting the novel coronavirus.

Syrian 'For Sama' director stuns Oscars in Arabic-calligraphy dress

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Syrian 'For Sama' director stuns Oscars in Arabic-calligraphy dress

'For Sama' won the BAFTA for Best Documentary this year, but narrowly missed out on the Academy Award to 'American Factory'.

Afghan skateboarding documentary wins Oscar

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Afghan skateboarding documentary wins Oscar

The documentary follows young girls of Kabul learning to skate amid the ongoing deadly war.

Will Syrian documentary For Sama win at the Oscars?

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Will Syrian documentary For Sama win at the Oscars?

Harrowing Syrian war documentary For Sama is in the running for best feature documentary at Sunday's Oscars.

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Syrian war documentary For Sama wins Best Documentary BAFTA

A documentary film about a young mother's experience amid the Syrian civil war took home a Best Documentary win and 4 nominations at the 2020 BAFTAs.

Narjas Zatat

Brotherhood: Oscar-nominated film on Tunisia's returned jihadists

The short has collected 60 awards in 48 countries, including the 2018 Carthage Film Days’ Tanit d’Or and the Best Canadian Short Film ...

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For Sama and The Cave nominated for Oscars

The Cave and For Sama have been nominated for Best Documentary at the Oscars.

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Syrian documentary For Sama shortlisted for Oscar

The films were shortlisted alongside 15 others in the Academy Awards, and in January five will be chosen to go forward to The ...

Genocide denier Peter Handke's Nobel Prize embodies Europe's Islamophobia

Sam Hamad

Genocide denier Peter Handke's Nobel Prize embodies Europe's Islamophobia

Comment: Awarding the Nobel prize for literature to 'genocide denier' Peter Handke reflects the Islamophobia and fascism of our times, from ...

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Erdogan attacks Nobel committee over 'Bosnia genocide denier' award

Peter Handke, this year's winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, is widely accused of denying the Bosnian genocide.

An Arab (maybe) star is born

Ruby Hamad

An Arab (maybe) star is born

Comment: Squabbling over whether Rami Malek is Arab or Copt misses the point. Let's celebrate his win as a victory for representation in the ...

Labaki shines spotlight on Lebanese cinema despite Oscar loss

Sarah Khalil

Labaki shines spotlight on Lebanese cinema despite Oscar loss

Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki fell short on taking home an Oscar for her film 'Capernaum', but critics say the nomination put Lebanese cinema ...

Celebrated Lebanese film Capernaum nominated for foreign language Oscar

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Celebrated Lebanese film Capernaum nominated for foreign language Oscar

Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum was nominated on Tuesday for the Foreign Language Oscar.

Celebrated Lebanese film Capernaum shortlisted for foreign language Oscar

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Celebrated Lebanese film Capernaum shortlisted for foreign language Oscar

Nadine Labaki's film about a young Syrian refugee in a Lebanese slum is in the running for another prestigious prize.

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Iran celebs launch petition against US sanctions

Iranian celebrities, including Oscar-winning film director Asghar Farhadi and Grammy winner Kayhan Kalhor, have launched a petition condemning US sanctions on Tehran.

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Israel's parliament advances controversial 'cultural loyalty bill'

The bill gives Israel's finance and culture ministries power to slash subsidies for institutions which challenge Israel's existence as a Jewish ...

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Tunisia bans oscar-nominated 'gay' film

'Call Me By Your Name' distributors announce that Tunisian authorities have banned the oscar nominated film in an 'attack on liberties'.

Hadani Ditmars

Palm Springs cultivates taste for Middle East cinema

The international film festival featured dozens of films from the Middle East and North Africa, as the appetite grows for cinema from the ...

Lebanese film The Insult scores historic Oscar nomination

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Lebanese film The Insult scores historic Oscar nomination

The winner of The Best Foreign Language Film will be announced during the 90th Academy Awards on 4 March.

Noor el-Terk and Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, ...

Behind Baghdad's silver-screen: The catalyst for Iraqi cinema's reinvention

Gareth Browne

Behind Baghdad's silver-screen: The catalyst for Iraqi cinema's reinvention

Movie maker Mohammed al-Daradji's Baghdad film school aims to build a world-class industry in a city that has already seen too many horrors, ...

White Helmets, first Muslim, and Iranian film win Oscars

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White Helmets, first Muslim, and Iranian film win Oscars

The 89th Academy Awards have sent multiple political messages in this year's ceremony, heavily weighed down by the presidency ...

The director whose Oscar-winning films advanced Muslim women's rights

Alia Turki Al-Rabeo

The director whose Oscar-winning films advanced Muslim women's rights

Interview: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, the first Muslim and Pakistani woman to receive two Academy Awards, and whose films helped ...

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