Category Archives: arab cinema

A morning’s gift

A young child is enjoying a relaxed weekend morning in bed. The sun is shining and casts a soft light onto the white sheets. He turns around, hugs his teddy bear and hides under the sheets, telling how much he … Continue reading

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Creative Strategies of Protest in Syria: Mapping the Virtual Agora

Since the protests started in Syria last year and the large scale ban on foreign journalists, we have been witnessing a wave of disturbing images from inside Syria, caught on camera by brave citizen journalists under great personal risk and … Continue reading

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Mapping a Revolution

Elyes Baccar’s Rouge Parole Sometimes, when we get stuck by tedious everyday business while pursuing a dream, it is good to be reminded of why we started on the path we are following. With revolutions, this is also true. So … Continue reading

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Behind Walls

Three films from Syria that explore the notion of prisons The figure of the captive is a recurring theme in a large part of Syrian artistic production, in literature, in theatre, and in visual arts and cinema: The captive both … Continue reading

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Things That Still Need to be Said

A year ago, I published the following post on the great Syrian film maker Omar Amiralay on my former blog. I am publishing it again here, because much of what I said then is still relevant and I would like … Continue reading

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Visual Arts Festival Damascus: The Nomadic Experience

1st Stop: International Film Festival Rotterdam, January 30 – February 02 2012 The Visual Arts Festival Damascus was launched in 2010 with a program of exhibitions, screenings, multi-media performances, lectures and talks. The aim of the festival was to create … Continue reading

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Filming Beirut

Lebanese video art has received much attention over the past decade. Often it has been hailed in the West as a new and surprising voice of critical investigation of the war-torn country and related social and political issues. Thereby it has … Continue reading

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