The 66th Cannes Film Festival has kicked off under thunderous torrential rain, adding to the charm of the French Riviera more famous for it's warm and sunny days. The cinematic glamour quotient has once again brought the spotlight to...
By E. Nina Rothe The 5th annual Gulf Film Festival begins today, screening 155 films from 40 nations through the 16th of April. All showings are free and open to the public at Grand Cinemas, Dubai Festival City and the...
The twelve day celebration of movies at Cannes, had some of the world's most stellar talents on display. It's been one of the toughest years for the jury, presided over by director Steven Spielberg. And yet today they have made...
By E. Nina Rothe I first watched The Infidel at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, and immediately knew the film would win audiences the world over. The story, written by David Baddiel, is one that poses questions about...
A thousand miles apart, Where worlds collide and days are dark You may have my number, You can take my name, But you'll never have my heart Let the sky fall, when it crumbles, we will stand tall, and face it...
DVD Review: This Is Not A Film (2011) – Iran, Farsi language, 75 min. by David Calleja What do you get when two directors get bored and cannot agree on what they want to do? They record each other filming and...
The innovative buzzword is explored at GFF with the founder of Aflamnah, the first Crowdfunding site dedicated to the Arab World On the night of April 13, the Gulf Film Festival (GFF) will offer a thorough exploration of ‘Crowdfunding’ --...
To a girl who grew up with the music of Journey, knew most of their lyrics and made up the rest, the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey by filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz was...
On 13th October 2012, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Daniel Jung’s Oscar winning documentary ‘Saving Face’ had its Middle Eastern premiere, as part of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. The documentary film chronicles the work of Dr. Jawad, a plastic...
QATARI FILMMAKERS BRING A COMPELLING SLATE OF “MADE IN QATAR” FILMS TO SHOWCASE AT THE GULF FILM FESTIVAL   The 6th Gulf Film Festival announced today that the “Made In Qatar” programme is supported by Doha Film Institute (DFI), and will showcase six films...
By E. Nina Rothe It is no secret that religion becomes an undeniable part of a person's identity in the Arab world. While most often the media concentrates on the more epidermic responses of the Muslim communities in the countries of...
The first time I became fully aware of the grandiosity of the firmament above was as a teenager, on a trip to New Mexico, USA with my dad. Coming home from a dinner to our ruggedly charming rented bungalow...
The EPIC MOVIE. "Just because you haven't seen something doesn't mean it's not there." Is the movie named "Epic" really Epic? Expectations are high because this animated adventure is from the same studio that brought us Ice Age and Rio. In this...
DIFF ROLLS OUT THE CARPET FOR A BUMPER EDITION TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF PASSION FOR CINEMA. DIFF pays tribute to Arab cinema by opening the 10th edition with “Omar” by acclaimed filmmaker Hany Abu Assad. The tenth Dubai International Film Festival, held under...
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) Kicks Off Tenth Edition With Glittering Red Carpet Gala Martin Sheen, Cate Blanchett, Hany Abu Assad, Samir Farid, Yosra and Top Arab Artists add Festival Glitz and Glamour to Opening Night   The landmark tenth edition of the...
40% OF ARAB FILMS AT DIFF 2013 CRAFTED BY FEMALE FILMMAKERS Arab Cinema Gets in Touch With its Feminine Side Programmers at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced that 40 per cent of the films in the festival’s Arab programming...