Interviews

Bringing Arab Cinematic Greats to London with the MENA Film Hub

 

Oh for the love of the art of Arab film and London cinema, cinema, cinema! If in the past three years you have attended an Arab film or an Arab film festival in London, chances are the half-Egyptian half-English Yasmin El Derby was somehow involved in curating it or working hard behind the scenes to bringing it to London’s Arab diaspora audience and others fascinated by world cinema.

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The 40-year-old Libyan-American Psychiatrist Omar Reda, MD is a man on a very difficult mission. He faces many hurdles before his dream of a psychologically and emotionally healthy and stable Libya becomes a reality.

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The Voice of Jaljala and Hjaz

 

Sometimes it is about the musical compositions, the harmonies or the lyrics. But then it can also be about the pure and distinctive voice of someone - like Merit Ariane Stephanos - that once it opens itself to an audience, captures the imagination, heart and longing of the listener.

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Sam Brookes Who Brings Folk Hip to Life

 

We meet under the Apple Store flag in Regent’s Street. Young and Scandinavian looking, Sam Brookes is handsome and reminds me a little of Kurt Cobain. His brown hat was the dead give away, as up until this point, I’d only seen him online with it on. It was his song Roof On My Head on a You Tube video that prompted me to make contact.

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Halim Al-Karim on Work, Women, War, Love and Politics

Interview was taken at the launch of Witness from Baghdad 2013 Art Exhibition at Artspace London Gallery in Knightsbridge, London on 16 January 2013.

A Review have also been posted on Nahla Ink.

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Imagine a world where all Arab women, regardless of differences in religion or socio-economic position, are united as one and become a powerful force for the good of all womankind; and, a time when all Arab women living in the Middle East are connected to those Arab women who are set up abroad, so that they can stand as one and support each other.

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Start on A Libyan Cultural Revolution

 

As part of a new, free and exciting expression Art movement in the new post-Revolution Libya, I got in touch with one key player who has been working hard to bring intelligent reading, writing and discussion culture to Libya.

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A woman’s beauty, from the inside and out, is something highly treasured and celebrated in every culture. Still more, it is something within her power to choose how to experience her special qualities, without taking on the risk of being abused on the sexual front lines - the place where feminine beauty leads.

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