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Film Review: Bardia Yadegari and Ehsan Mirhosseini's psychological sci-fi recounts a poet living with his mother in a desolated Tehran, trapped by drug addiction, poverty and a tyrannical government.

Film Review: Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moghaddam's moving drama centres on Mina, who devastatingly learns of her husband's execution for a murder he didn't commit.

As I Want: The abused survivors of Egypt's revolution

Nahrain Al-Mousawi

As I Want: The abused survivors of Egypt's revolution

Film Review: Premiered in the 2021 Berlin Film Festival, Samaher Al Qadi's latest feature, a biographical documentary, explores the series of sexual assaults that occurred throughout Egypt's 2013

Memory Box: Uncovering a painful past and moving forward

Davide Abbatescianni

Memory Box: Uncovering a painful past and moving forward

Film Review: Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s compelling drama follows a daughter willing to uncover her mother’s troubled ...

Berlinale: Exposing the polite fiction of society through cinema

Giovanni Vimercati

Berlinale: Exposing the polite fiction of society through cinema

At this year's Berlinale, four Arab films brought forward the painful complexity behind the façade of society.

Sarah Khalil

Berlin film festival 2021 roundup: The MENA films

The MENA films selected by this year's Berlinale brimmed with ambition and artistic audacity.

The New Arab Staff

MENA's top films and TV series of 2020

The New Arab's picks for the best of Middle Eastern films and TV series from a difficult year.

The New Arab Staff

Detained Sudanese artists released after global uproar

The artists, including award-winning filmmaker Hajooj Kuka, were arrested over a 'mixed-gender' theatre workshop.

Jad Salfiti

Middle Eastern female filmmakers at Venice Film Festival

Culture: A record number of Arab films competed in Venice this year.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's latest <em>film</em> 'gives refugees humanity' Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's latest film 'gives refugees humanity'

The New Arab & agencies

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's latest film 'gives refugees humanity'

A 23-country epic about the migration crisis by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, aiming to "give refugees humanity", has had its international ...

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 ...

Red carpet for Gaza <em>film</em> <em>festival</em> minus the stars

The New Arab & agencies

Red carpet for Gaza film festival minus the stars

The Red Carpet Festival showcases films focusing on human rights issues and aims to provide Palestinians, many of them unemployed, with ...

Hunting the ghosts of Palestinian prisoners through cinema

Daoud Kuttab

Hunting the ghosts of Palestinian prisoners through cinema

Society: Witty yet brutal, Raed Andoni's latest work seeks to help former prisoners confront their trauma.

Investigating Paradise with Algeria's veteran <em>film</em>-maker Merzak Allouache

Hadani Ditmars

Investigating Paradise with Algeria's veteran film-maker Merzak Allouache

Q&A: Following his success winning the Golden FIPA award in January, Hadani Ditmars discusses extremism and paradise with veteran Algerian movie ...

Palm Springs presents cinema a world away from Hollywood

Hadani Ditmars

Palm Springs presents cinema a world away from Hollywood

Society: The annual international film festival is only 100 miles from Western cinema's iconic home, but offers ...

The New Arab

First Saudi production to win award at film festival

A rare feature-length film from Saudi Arabia wins a prize at the Berlinale Forum while the highest award is given to a documentary on the refugee crisis on Saturday.

The New Arab & agencies

Curtain rises on Berlin festival with revolutionary Tunisian movie

For the first time in two decades, an Arabic film is set to open the competition at the Berlin International ...

Otail al-Jaffal

Broken but not beaten: Iraqi filmmakers fight for justice

Culture: In 2003, an independent film industry in Iraq emerged from the ashes of a broken Baghdad.

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