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After an earth-shattering revelation that precedes tragedy, the protagonist Mary is faced with a bleak future.
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Film Review: After Love is a multicultural story of how a British widow painfully re-adjusts to life after her Muslim husband's death. Impressively detailed, the film joins a growing body of work that explores UK Islam from an outsider looking in.
Yazidi art has been a vital way to commemorate the 2014 genocide [Getty Images]
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After the existential peril of the 2014 Yazidi genocide, some within the community have turned to art to document their trauma, as well as creatively express their aesthetic political resistance and continued endurance for the generations to come.
Abdo Dagher, an Egyptian prodigy.
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An embodiment of the insatiable harmonies of the East mixed with the restrained structure of the West, The New Arab remembers Abdo Dagher, Egypt's violin extraordinaire. Self-taught, we pay tribute to the master of improvisation.
Beirut's heritage homes have an unmistakably magical charm.
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Fixated by Beirut's architectural beauty, jeweller Henry Loussian set out to preserve, collect, and treasure the features from Lebanon's dilapidated heritage houses for his own home. Now, with artefacts from 100 houses, he has set up a public museum.
Only the Winds: A compelling investigation of blindness in Lebanon
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Film Review: Karim Kassem’s hybrid documentary lacks a strong narrative focus, but is still worth watching thanks to some compelling footage shot in a special needs school for the blind and the presence of three powerful characters.
"We Are Lady Parts", the anarchic comedy about a Muslim Punk Band that has viewers in stiches [Channel 4]
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TV Review: A hilariously goofy insight into contemporary British-Muslim identity, We Are Lady Parts follows the lives of Saira, Bisma, Ayesha and Momtaz's foray into Punk. Wonderfully subversive, the sitcom has received widespread acclaim.
Egyptian musician Abdullah Miniawy (R) performs at a nightclub in Cairo, on October 26, 2016 [Getty]
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Despite the occasional case of mainstream success, Arab musicians have found it difficult to break the music industry's glass ceiling. However, given the continued popularity of Arab sounds, Empire's market development VP wants to change that.
The Present
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Film Review: Farah Nabulsi's Oscar-nominated short-film documents the everyday dehumanisation of Palestinians under a torturous occupation. Littered with metaphorical references and heart-wrenching moments, The Present is a must-watch for all.
Our Memory Belongs to Us
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Film Review: Rami Farah and Signe Byrge Sørensen’s new documentary, premiered at CPH:DOX, documents the emotionally intense reunion of three journalists on the occasion of the Syrian revolution's 10th anniversary.
Beirut jam sessions
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Meshing local talent with revered regional names, Beirut Jam Sessions have forged new, sustainable pathways for Lebanon's music industry, as the country battles national disorder and the coronavirus pandemic.