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Plans for a new film about Cleopatra starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot have sparked controversy in Egypt.

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

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 Soura film festival

Egyptian filmmaker detained in 'outrageous' crackdown on artistic freedom

The New Arab Staff

Egyptian filmmaker detained in 'outrageous' crackdown on artistic freedom

PEN has raised alarm that a US-based Egyptian filmmaker's health is in danger after spending months in pre-trial detention in Egypt following ...

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 ...

Farah-Silvana Kanaan

After Beirut blast, grief and guilt in Lebanon's diaspora

Despite dealing with their own hopelessness and guilt, Lebanon's famously vast and intrinsically connected diaspora has sprung into action while its absent government sits idly by.

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 ...

Fawzi Bakeer

Tania Palaiologou and 'Landscape in the Mist'

More than thirty years on, Greek actress Tania Palaiologou reflects on filming 'Landscape in the Mist' with legendary filmmaker Theo ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

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 ...

Iconic Egyptian actress Ragaa al-Geddawy dies of Covid-19

The New Arab Staff

Iconic Egyptian actress Ragaa al-Geddawy dies of Covid-19

Ragaa el-Geddawy has died of coronavirus, flooding tributes across the world.

The New Arab Staff

Saudi Arabia reopens cinemas after coronavirus lockdown

Saudi Arabia has eased lockdown measures across the kingdom, with authorities confirming the reopening of cinema theatres.

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 ...

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

Foreigners on frontlines of pandemic in Gulf states

The New Arab & agencies

Foreigners on frontlines of pandemic in Gulf states

Healthcare workers from Egypt and South Asia are battling coronavirus in parts of the Gulf.

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 ...

Ramona Wadi

Writings on the Wall: Palestinian Oral Histories

Book Club: Thomas Suarez has organised a moving collection of oral histories conveying the hopes and humanity of Palestinians living under Israel's seven-decade military occupation.

The New Arab

Free film screenings and gallery tours for your quarantine

Isolation can be tough, but these Middle Eastern art galleries, festivals and creators are opening up local art scenes online.

Sahar Esfandiari

Arsheef: Inside Yemen's first contemporary art gallery

Arsheef, Yemen's first contemporary art gallery, aims to showcase young artists and portray an authentic, multi-faceted reflection of life in ...

The New Arab & agencies

India hangs four over 2012 Delhi bus gang rape

The brutal attack on Jyoti Singh sparked weeks of demonstrations and shone a spotlight on the alarming rates of sexual violence and the plight ...

The speech that stunned French Oscars 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 ...

Ramona Wadi

Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution

Book Club: Nadia Yaqub's Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution delves into the political dynamics of Palestinian film.

Using shock art to highlight indifference to Iraqi lives

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 ...

The Lebanese student vlogging from coronavirus' ground zero Wuhan

Sarah Khalil

The Lebanese student vlogging from coronavirus' ground zero Wuhan

Adham Al Sayed has been vlogging daily life from Wuhan seeking to dispel misconceptions about the quarantined city seen as ground zero of the ...

The Lebanese student vlogging from coronavirus' ground zero Wuhan

Sarah Khalil

The Lebanese student vlogging from coronavirus' ground zero Wuhan

Adham Al Sayed has been vlogging daily life from Wuhan seeking to dispel misconceptions about the quarantined city seen as ground zero of the ...

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