Film and photography

Zamaaan: Capturing the past

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Zamaaan: Capturing the past

Online crowdsourcing project Zamaaan has accumulated over 400 images of personal and poignant moments from the Middle East's history in the few months since its inception in January 2013. Founder Fatima explains more about this original testament to the rich and varied history of the Arab world.

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“A woman is a sponge…”

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“A woman is a sponge…”

Palestinian organisation Shashat is helping change the image of female filmmakers in the Occupied Territories for good, says Lena Odgaard.

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Khaled El Nabawy: The Strength Within

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Khaled El Nabawy: The Strength Within

Egyptian actor Khaled El Nabawy is beginning to make waves on the international screen. Nina E. Rothe catches up with him at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival to find out more about this enigmatic and charming man.

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Every journey takes us back home

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Every journey takes us back home

A new film by Moroccan director Nassim Abassi subtly combines humour and tragedy to paint a gritty and socially realist picture of life in Morocco. Majid's deftness and sharpness makes it look set to become a classic of Arab cinema.

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The call of the city

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The call of the city

A compilation of film shorts as part of London's MENA Festival highlight the importance of urban life to modern Arabic culture, negating the somewhat essentialist Orientalist view of Arabs as "desert dwellers", says Raphael Cormack.

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