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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.

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

China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population

Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being targeted with forced birth control measures that have dramatically slashed birth rates, a new investigation has revealed.

Algiers recalls France envoy over Hirak documentary controversy

The New Arab

Algiers recalls France envoy over Hirak documentary controversy

A French documentary about the protest movement has created conflict between France and Algeria over its depiction of the government.

Free film screenings and gallery tours for your quarantine

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.

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.

Nicholas Frakes

Businesses struggle as Lebanon's economic crisis continues

As Lebanon marks 90 days since widespread calls for an end to corruption rang across the country, businesses are struggling to stay open as ...

The New Arab

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 ...

Sarah Shaffi

Fatima Bhutto's New Kings of the World

Book Club: Fatima Bhutto's New Kings of the World is an astute, informative and addictive look at the globalisation of pop culture.

This year's Palestine Cinema Days tackles women's rights

Delilah Boxstein

This year's Palestine Cinema Days tackles women's rights

This year's Palestine Cinema Days didn't just focus on Palestine's budding film industry, but also gave a platform to women's empowerment.

The New Arab

Egypt awaits: Will Friday see huge anti-Sisi protests?

In-depth: Egyptian contractor Mohammed Ali has exposed huge government waste and corruption angering Egyptians. This week he has called for a ...

Royal Shakespeare Company play in Iraq

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.

State and Tribes in Syria

Usman Butt

State and Tribes in Syria

Book Club: Haian Dukhan's book, State and Tribes in Syria: Informal Alliances and Conflict Patterns, provide a useful introduction into thinking ...

The camera: A Palestinian weapon of choice

Mehdi Belmecheri-Rozental

The camera: A Palestinian weapon of choice

Comment: The short films made by Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are beginning to throw a spanner in the works of Israel's ...

Palestine Film Club: Grassroots collective, global vision

Florence Dixon

Palestine Film Club: Grassroots collective, global vision

The New Arab Meets: The Palestine Film Club to talk more about their vision of reviving youth culture through cultivating an ...

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.

Robin Yassin-Kassab

The Rohingya and other outsiders

Comment: This is not the first time the demonisation of 'threatening' communities has prepared the way for slaughter, writes Robin ...

Noor el-Terk and Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, ...

Jordan Elgrably

Razzia: Nabil Ayouch's critical homage to Morocco's cultural tapestry

Society: An ensemble cast share a story that reflects the complexity of Moroccan identity. Nabil Ayouch and Maryam Touzani speak to Jordan ...

MENA <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 ...

Nabil Massad

Alien Covenant's Michael Fassbender speaks to The New Arab

German-born Irish actor Michael Fassbender speaks to The New Arab in an exclusive interview about his rise as a Hollywood star and his upcoming ...

UK government's moves to outlaw BDS are unethical

Hilary Aked

UK government's moves to outlaw BDS are unethical

Comment: Hoping to cosy up to Israel in a post-Brexit Britain, the UK government has moved to make local councils' boycott of Israeli companies ...

Elor Azaria's gun: Redefining the rifts in Israeli society

Hannah Gal

Elor Azaria's gun: Redefining the rifts in Israeli society

In-depth: Reactions to the Elor Azaria affair - in which an Israeli soldier shot dead a wounded Palestinian alleged attacker, have crystalised ...

Reclaiming colour: Khaleeji women and the abaya

Sarah Al Derham

Reclaiming colour: Khaleeji women and the abaya

As women in the Gulf shift away from the traditional black, Sarah Al-Derham argues it reflects a change in society itself where women are no ...

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