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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

What if you witness a revolution but things get worse?

Last week “Arij – Scent of Revolution” had its Egyptian premiere during the Goethe Film Week in Cairo. After an understated introduction, director Viola Shafik slipped to the back of the smallish screening room as the lights dimmed. I can say unequivocally that “Scent of Revolution” is a powerful documentary. In her brief introduction, Shafik

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

The Jews of Egypt

The subject is fascinating, both broadly and specifically. Specifically, “Jews of Egypt” explores the history of a group that has been all but forgotten in a country whose current Jewish population, by several accounts, amounts to roughly...

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

What’s it like to be an artist in Egypt right now

On the last Sunday of January, an Egyptian musical theatre group performed a bare-bones rendition of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables in colloquial Arabic to a standing room only crowd in New York City’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia. In fact the...

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Egyptian director Mohamed Diab talks about his film on sexual harassment

Over the last few years, the waves of sexual assault and harassment on the streets of Egypt have been in the news perpetually: Initially as a disheartening stain on the euphoria generated from the promise of political...

Monday, September 30th, 2013

An interview with artist Lalla Essaydi on looking beyond beauty

In early September, I sat down to lunch with artist Lalla Essaydi not far from her Midtown West studio in Manhattan. Ms. Essaydi comes across as a self-assured woman. In appearance and manner, she is refined and...

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Reimagining the image of the modern Arab man

“My aim is to unveil men in regions where most of the time, we try to unveil women.”

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