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Nearly a dozen artists have been arrested in a case that has drawn international condemnation and raised concerns over Sudan's fledgling transition to democracy.

Oscar-nominated Syrian filmmaker Waad Al-Kateab is listed among TIME magazine's 'Most Influential People of 2020'.

The speech that stunned French <em>Oscars</em> into embarrassed silence

Malia Bouattia

The speech that stunned French Oscars into embarrassed silence

Comment: The powerful speech Aïssa Maïga gave about the lack of diversity in French cinema was received by France's glitterati with deafening silence, writes Malia Bouattia.

Syrian opposition launch new liberal party

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian opposition launch new liberal party

The Syrian Liberal Party aims at keeping the dreams of the 2011 revolution alive and bring about a free and liberal Syria.

Syrian 'For Sama' director stuns <em>Oscars</em> 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'.

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Afghan skateboarding documentary wins Oscar

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

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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.

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 at the ...

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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.

Syrian war documentary nominated for record number of Baftas

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Syrian war documentary nominated for record number of Baftas

Waad Al-Kataeb's harrowing film tracing 5 years of the Syrian revolution and conflict has picked up more Bafta nominations than any documentary ...

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Egyptian-American comedy star Ramy Youssef wins Golden Globe

Egyptian-American comedy Ramy has wowed the world with its sharp humour.

Five positives to take from 2019

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Five positives to take from 2019

Here are five stories that lifted our spirits in 2019.

Syrian documentary For Sama shortlisted for Oscar

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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 Oscars ...

How Bolton overplayed his hand with Trump

Khalil E. Jahshan

How Bolton overplayed his hand with Trump

Comment: John Bolton appeared the right match for Trump, but the firebrand politician proved too much even for this unpredictable president, ...

Boycott Muslim-majority Brunei over 'gay execution': George Clooney

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Boycott Muslim-majority Brunei over 'gay execution': George Clooney

American actor George Clooney has called for a boycott of nine Brunei-owned hotels over the sultanate's imposition of the death penalty for gay ...

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 film industry, writes Ruby Hamad.

Sarah Khalil

Arab or Copt? Rami Malek Oscar win sparks debate

An Oscar win for American-Egyptian actor Rami Malik's has seen his identity as a member of Egypt's Coptic minority come under the spotlight.

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 ...

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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.

Ben Lynfield

'Loyalty in Culture' bill bolsters Israel's demonisation of artists

Suppressing criticism in the arts is fundamentally anti-democratic, say political scientists and leading figures of the creative industries.

Israel's parliament advances controversial 'cultural loyalty bill'

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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 ...

Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki wins prestigious Cannes prize

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Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki wins prestigious Cannes prize

Film buffs are also predicting "Capernaum" will be a top contender for Best Foreign Film at this year's Oscars.

Iran urged to let banned filmmaker attend Cannes

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Iran urged to let banned filmmaker attend Cannes

Asghar Farhadi said Iran should allow acclaimed director Jafar Panahi to attend the festival where they both have movies competing for the Palme ...

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