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Taking to the street, Yemeni women find their voice
Fri Apr 12, 2013
Yemeni director Khadija Al-Salami goes within these crowds of women and highlights the role that Yemeni women played in the movement that led to the fall of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Identity key theme in student films
Thu Apr 11, 2013
Several of the films in this year’s competition tackle the idea of identity and belonging in unique ways.
Sharjah Biennial 11
Tue Apr 9, 2013
Sharjah Biennial 11, takes place from March 13–May 13, 2013, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Inspired by the courtyard in Islamic architecture, Sharjah Biennial 11 curator Yuko Hasegawa proposes a new cultural cartography that reconsiders the relationships between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa.
ASSALHIYA: Frozen in place in changing times
Thu Mar 21, 2013
The cause is left a mystery and the audience only gets to know about Jassim through the flashbacks that are screened. Firstly, the focus is turned to a young Jassim out on a rainy night – the very same night that his wife Munira is undergoing a painful childbirth.
Mohammed Jaber: A man of many talents
Tue Mar 19, 2013
He has starred in everything from the television series Memories of Bu’alewy (1964), in which he co-starred with Abdul Hussein Abdul Redha and Abdul Aziz Alnimish to the 1965 play Igtanim Zamank (Seize Your Time) . The last role he played was in ASSALHIYA (directed by Sadek Behbehani), which was screened at last year’s GFF.
Calling all filmmakers: The 2nd Edition of the Kuwait International Film Retreat is now open
Sun Mar 17, 2013
The 2nd Edition of the Kuwait International Film Retreat will be a 3-day mini-film festival bringing together filmmakers and enthusiasts from around Kuwait and the region to take part in short and feature film screenings, workshops, social gatherings, the red carpet, and an awards ceremony showcasing the best short films in competition. For information please go to www.kuwaitfilmretreat.com
Interview with Mano Khalil in "Taste of Honey"
Thu Mar 14, 2013
Summarising Khalil’s take on the film, TASTE OF HONEY is the story of a Kurdish beekeeper, who is based in the Al Bustan area on the Syrian-Turkish borders. During the 90s, he was producing nearly 18 tonnes of honey while always staying on the move in mountains and valleys, searching for bees and ways to make more honey.
Tue Mar 12, 2013
The film highlights an array of issues through its characters. The abandoned aunt (Ashjan) seeks warmth in the burning ember in front of her. Saeed Obaid hopes to marry her, but is rejected by her brother (Habib Ghuloom) because of his skin.