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

Mosul tells the gruelling story of the Nineveh SWAT team's battle against the Islamic State, but overlooks civilian testimonies and the sacrifices of ordinary people.

Distributors 'wouldn't touch' Khashoggi documentary, director says

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Distributors 'wouldn't touch' Khashoggi documentary, director says

Bryan Fogel says media companies 'look the other way' when it comes to Saudi rights abuses.

Iraqi refugee family is home at last

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraqi refugee family is home at last

From a first date that ended in bloody carnage in Baghdad, to finally entering their new home in The Netherlands, this is an epic tale of ...

Turkey fines social media companies $3.8 million

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Turkey fines social media companies $3.8 million

Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and other major social media companies have failed to comply with Turkish Internet regulations which human rights ...

Shashi Tharoor

A dispatch from India's culture war

Comment: Much of India has long celebrated the intermingling of Hindu and Muslim practices, but an Islamophobic, BJP-sponsored law now threatens India's pluralist and liberal democracy, writes Shashi Tharoor.

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'Emily in Paris' star wishes Egyptian activist happy birthday

'I'm thinking of you,' actor William Abadie said in the video message to jailed human rights advocate Karim Ennarah.

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Turkey blocks Jay Z's Tidal streaming service

Tidal failed to comply with new internet regulations, the Turkish government said.

The New Arab Staff

Netflix announces host of new Turkish TV series

The streaming giant is massively expanding its roster of Turkish original TV series and films.

Soura film festival's quest to normalise Mideastern queer stories

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 ...

The New Arab Staff

Netflix dismisses concerns over adaptation of anti-Uyghur author's work

Netflix says it does not agree with Liu Cixin's comments, but will continue with the series adaptation.

Riyadh allowed raunchy <em>Netflix</em> shows for anti-Saudi episode's removal

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Riyadh allowed raunchy Netflix shows for anti-Saudi episode's removal

Saudi Arabia allowed sexually explicit Netflix shows to stream domestically in exchange for the company's removal of a satire show's ...

<em>Netflix</em> removes French film in Turkey after official complaint

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Netflix removes French film in Turkey after official complaint

Ankara requested the streaming giant take down 'Cuties', a French film accused of sexualising young girls.

Egyptian superstar Amr Diab to appear in <em>Netflix</em> series

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Egyptian superstar Amr Diab to appear in Netflix series

Egyptian pop superstar Amr Diab will be starring in a new Netflix original series.

Israel's latest spy drama 'Tehran' explores nuclear tensions

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Israel's latest spy drama 'Tehran' explores nuclear tensions

The conservative press in Iran -- a country which strongly denies that its nuclear programme is for anything other than civilian use -- has ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Netflix mired in Turkey row over LGBTQ+ characters

The Turkish government has been accused of censoring gay characters in two Netflix series, sparking a heated conversation around censorship and LGBTQ+ rights in the country.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

TED group to launch talks in Arabic

A prestigious TED group dedicated to "ideas worth spreading" on Monday set out to provide a global stage for Arabic speaking thinkers, artists ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Erdogan vows social media 'control' after family insulted

Soon after his comments, the hashtag in Turkish meaning "don't touch my social media" was trending on Twitter.

Nobel winner Malala graduates from Oxford University

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who campaigned for girls' education in Pakistan and survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, has ...

Disney's new Eid film could shatter Muslim stereotypes

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 ...

The New Arab & agencies

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Netflix releases nostalgic Arabic films for Eid under lockdown, Turkey declares 'mission accomplished' in the battle against ...

<em>Netflix</em> 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.

Five Middle East series to watch under lockdown

Narjas Zatat

Five Middle East series to watch under lockdown

With many countries still under lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, being stuck at home can take its toll. Here are some shows to alleviate ...

Tunisian actress Hend Sabry lands 'female-focused' <em>Netflix</em> show deal

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Tunisian actress Hend Sabry lands 'female-focused' Netflix show deal

Sabry will execultively produce and star in the Arabic-language Netflix original series, described as a female-focused drama-comedy ...

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