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Now in its sixth edition, this year's Safar Film Festival explores the theme of 'generational encounters in Arab cinema' as it welcomes a wealth of MENA films.
Ashour Shamis spent over 40 years in exile from Libya [Tuba Films]
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Film Review: Libya's revolutions told through familial eyes, the protagonist quickly learns of his exiled father's role as a freedom fighter or 'stray dog' in deposing Gaddafi, and opens up a labyrinth of revolutionary pasts, and futures.
"It's Not Complicated" is available for download on Bandcamp now [Ma3azef/Mooni Studio]
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Ma3azef.com, a Arabic web-magazine dedicated to contemporary Arab music, has released its latest compilation album "It's Not Complicated". An audio-protest dedicated to the Palestinian people, the compilation is a trans-sonic, trans-national triumph.
Joe Show: From Ethiopia With Love
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This week, Arab satire 'Joe Show' poked fun at Egyptian regime's hysteria over the Nile crisis with Ethiopia, the low expectations from a much-hyped Egypt-Jordan-Iraq summit in Baghdad, and the lies over the death of a journalist in PA custody
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For years, smugglers have stolen Oman's rich supply of rare meteorites, trading them without consequence. Now, with new legislation bringing the illicit trade to an end, there is renewed national interest into the story behind Oman's meteorites.
Shubbak festival
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UK's largest festival of contemporary Arab culture is back after two years to once again connect communities with the best of contemporary Arab visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate.
Refugee Festival Scotland extends Scotland's warmth to its new residents, and their families across the world [Lucas Kao]
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As part of International Refugee Week 2021, 'Refugee Festival Scotland' highlights the cultural richness of refugee communities throughout Scotland. This year, the festival renders Palestinian narratives through choreographed dance performances.
Orientalist tropes of Muslims have been a constant feature of Western cinema [Getty Images]
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In a landmark report, USC's inclusion initiative has blasted the cinematic establishment for its lack of representation, and seemingly purposeful misrepresentation of Muslims within film. With Islamophobia on the rise, this shouldn't be ignored.
Arab emigrants in America founded associations to assist the struggle for Arab independence
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'The Arab-American Papers' an archive of letters and documents attesting to the intensive work done by Arab emigrants in the United States in the first half of the 20th century, is a vital resource for trans-national activism and diasporic studies.
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The devastating war in Yemen has been accompanied by the unscrupulous plunder and smuggling of the country's cultural heritage, with illicit trafficking in ancient Islamic and Jewish manuscripts on the rise.