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Sarah Markiewicz unravels the beloved diversity of learning Arabic, its regional varieties, and how recent events in the region have thrust technology into the heart of its pedagogical application.

Middle Eastern queer cinema has yet to achieve a commercial blockbuster, but its ideas are being embraced, writes Jad Salfiti in this preview of the Soura film festival

Habibi Collective: Collating films made by Arab women

Sarah Khalil

Habibi Collective: Collating films made by Arab women

The New Arab speaks to Roisin Tapponi, the founder of the Habibi Collective project, about the digital archiving of films made by women from the Middle East.

Inside Iraq's first independent film festival

Sahar Esfandiari

Inside Iraq's first independent film festival

Iraq's first independent film festival aims to take back control of tired narratives of the country and showcase emerging and established talent ...

Tracing Iraq's lost past: Photo archives and national memory

Nazli Tarzi

Tracing Iraq's lost past: Photo archives and national memory

Far removed from today's landscape of military fatigues and rubbled cities, the Iraq Photo Archive chronicles the country's cultural wealth and ...

Nazli Tarzi

Using shock art to highlight indifference to Iraqi lives

From thespians and dancers to fine artists and dramatists, Dar Al'Artivism's core membership comprises of the latest crop of Iraqi refugees who have arrived in Austria since 2015.

Nazli Ihsan-Adil Tarzi

Royal Shakespeare Company play in Iraq

Culture: A Museum in Baghdad, which debuts in mid-October, tells the story behind the theft of Iraq's cultural property and archival history.

The New Arab

Iraq festival pulls Israeli film amid warming Gulf-Israeli relations

A film festival in Iraqi Kurdistan has removed an Israel picture from its official competition, prompting the jury to protest by ...

Raya al-Jadir

Watanili: Helping Syrian children reclaim their childhood

Society: Through art, film and education, Watanili is a grassroots initiative working to give traumatised Syrian children a dose of normal ...

In a suspicious world, Middle East arts flourish

Jordan Elgrably

In a suspicious world, Middle East arts flourish

It's refreshing to remember that the terrorists depicted in western media and entertainment as modern-day bogeymen represent but an ...

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 ...

'Frankenstein in Baghdad' sparks Hollywood elite into life

Quentin Müller

'Frankenstein in Baghdad' sparks Hollywood elite into life

Ahmed Saadawi's dark-themed novel has drawn the attention of big names in the film industry, reports Quentin Muller.

Riyadh and Tehran's small steps towards cultural reform

Paul Iddon

Riyadh and Tehran's small steps towards cultural reform

Analysis: Saudi Arabia and Iran are both undertaking cultural reforms, but both face challenegs in shaking up society too quickly, writes Paul ...

Iran: The beauty in the eye of American beholders

Robert Springborg

Iran: The beauty in the eye of American beholders

Comment: Iran has been viewed by both Republican and Democratic decision-makers as the more beautiful prize, writes Robert Springborg.

Hadani Ditmars

MENA films centre stage at Vancouver International Film Festival

Society: With significant Iranian and Arab communities, Vancouver's film festival has now become a hot-ticket event for new documentaries and feature films from across the Middle East, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Ruqaya Izzidien

My week as a white non-Muslim

Comment: I've always been afraid of white people, so, inspired by Channel 4, I decided to become one for a week. I was amazed by what I ...

Hadani Ditmars

Hollywood's prescient take on current horrors

Blog: Does life imitate art? Scenes from the Middle East remind Hadani Ditmars of a Hollywood movie, albeit one with a particularly twisted ...

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, ...

Take this waltz: Dance as resistance in post-Reina days

Hadani Ditmars

Take this waltz: Dance as resistance in post-Reina days

Blog: The attack on the Istanbul nightclub was an attempt to moralise dancing out of existence. Let us waltz to resist such depraved ideas, says ...

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Iraqi Twitter account reveals lost beauty of Baghdad

Once the cultural capital of the Middle East, photos from archives shared by a social media account showcases a bygone Baghdad.

Preparations underway for Baghdad international film festival

Maymouna al-Basil

Preparations underway for Baghdad international film festival

Culture: Preparations are underway for the seventh edition of Iraq's super silver-screen celebration, with more than 100 films from 40 countries.

Broken but not beaten: <em>Iraqi</em> filmmakers fight for justice

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.

The 'caliphate's' ministry of information: Part 1

Nabil Shofan

The 'caliphate's' ministry of information: Part 1

Feature: The Islamic State group has been using different forms of media as psychological warfare to spread terror among both Muslims and ...

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