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With the narrative having been focused on stereotypical portrayals of people from the region as 'terrorists' or 'illegal immigrants', MENA Arts believes it's time for a shift for appropriate

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.

Souad: The young, the real, the virtual

Davide Abbatescianni

Souad: The young, the real, the virtual

Film Review: Ayten Amin’s sophomore feature is an intimate look at the life of a 19-year-old girl's transition into adulthood, who dreams of escaping her dull existence in rural Egypt.

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 ...

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 teenage years ...

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.

Hadani Ditmars

Gaza Mon Amour: Love conquers all in charming satire

Love triumphs over tragedy in the Nasser brothers' touching satire on desire and despair in Gaza.

Jad Salfiti

Soura film festival's quest to normalise Mideastern queer stories

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

Habibi Collective: Collating <em>films</em> 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 ...

Sami Rahman

Disney's new Eid film could shatter Muslim stereotypes

Disney's new short film about Eid will surely please its Muslim audience, who in the past have been misrepresented. But is it too little, too ...

Netflix is bringing you your Arabic nostalgic faves

The New Arab

Netflix is bringing you your Arabic nostalgic faves

Staying at home for Eid doesn't seem as bad with Netflix releasing a series of old Arabic films on their playlist.

Four must-watch <em>MENA</em> <em>films</em> from the Venice Film Festival

Sarah Khalil

Four must-watch MENA films from the Venice Film Festival

Four films from the region to look out for at this year's Venice film festival.

Jordanians spooked by sweary, sexy Netflix original 'Jinn'

The New Arab

Jordanians spooked by sweary, sexy Netflix original 'Jinn'

Jordanians were excited to watch the locally produced Netflix original - but many were wildly disappointed when 'Jinn' became available this ...

Aladdin: A whole new world for diversity in Hollywood

Ruby Hamad

Aladdin: A whole new world for diversity in Hollywood

Comment: For the first time in 100 years of seeing Arabs mocked, demonised, or ridiculed on the silver screen, Aladdin is a clear step forward, ...

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisia's queer festival makes proud comeback

The Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival is a ground-breaking event promoting queer culture in a country where homosexuality continues to be criminalised, writes Alessandra Bajec.

Ruby Hamad

The absent Arab

Comment: On screen, Arabs have either been absent or portrayed as villains, suggesting we are either terrible people, or we just don't exist, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt mourns death of film icon Madiha Yousri

Millions of Egyptians are mourning the death of Madiha Yousri who died aged 97 from age-related health problems.

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisia rocks taboo on LGBTQ+ rights

Post-revolutionary Tunisia continues to push the debate about gay rights into the public sphere, braving a repressive law, gender-based ...

Tunisia's LGBT community demand change

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisia's LGBT community demand change

In-depth: Tunisia's LGBTQI community are taking bold steps to demand equality and recognition and hope to drag the conservative government with ...

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 ...

<em>MENA</em> <em>films</em> centre stage at Vancouver International Film Festival

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 ...

Why we can’t have a minority hero

Amal Awad

Why we can’t have a minority hero

Comment: There is a distinct reason why there are so few actors from minority backgrounds and it isn't going to change soon, writes Amal Awad.

Disney finds its Aladdin and Jasmine for musical remake

The New Arab

Disney finds its Aladdin and Jasmine for musical remake

Disney's hotly anticipated of Arabian folk tale Aladdin has moved a step closer to the final cut, following the announcement of the three lead ...

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