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10/03/2014

Beirut hosts first arthouse cinema management and programming workshopBeirut hosts first arthouse cinema management and programming workshop

The Network of Arab Arthouse Screens (NAAS) seeks to boost arthouse cinema in the Arab world

Last week, the Metropolis cinema in Beirut hosted the first Arthouse Cinema Management and Programming Workshop, organised by the Network of Arab Arthouse Screens (NAAS). Some 30 professionals from all over the Arab world are gathered at the...

Industry, Lebanon

26/02/2014

Israel to invest over 6 millions dollars in international filmingIsrael to invest over 6 millions dollars in international filming

Investment supports international movies and television shows filmed in Jerusalem

The Israeli government and the Municipality of Jerusalem have joined forces to greenlight a grant worth 22 millions shekels (6.3 millions of dollars) for filming international cinema and television productions in Jerusalem, according to...

Industry, Israel

25/02/2014

Saga: a polyphonic film about an absent fatherSaga: a polyphonic film about an absent father

Othman Naciri’s first feature is now out in Moroccan cinemas

Moroccan Othman Naciri’s first feature film Saga, l’histoire des hommes qui ne reviennent jamais (lit. "Saga, the story of men who never return") is currently out in Moroccan cinemas. After premiering in Casablanca and screening at the 2014...

Industry, Morocco

24/02/2014

Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl due out this springMohamed Khan's Factory Girl due out this spring

Soon out in Egypt, the tale of a young woman in love, set to songs by the legendary Soad Hosni

If a film is set to provide Egyptian audiences with some cinematic magic this spring, then surely Factory Girl is it. With a host of strong, upbeat female characters and songs by legendary Egyptian actress Soad Hosni, Mohamed Khan's latest film...

Industry, Egypt

20/02/2014

One film can generate five more, says new Palestinian collectiveOne film can generate five more, says new Palestinian collective

Fajr Falestine's first members include Gazan filmmakers Arab and Tarzan Nasser

A new Palestinian filmmaking collective seeks to pay forward the success of one experimental film to support the projects of other like-minded filmmakers. Founded by filmmakers Jessica Habie and Deema Dabis, the Fajr Falestine Film Collective is...

Industry, Palestine

14/02/2014

North African films do well in French cinemas in 2013North African films do well in French cinemas in 2013

Laïla Marrakchi’s Rock The Casbah does best, attracting 63,000 viewers

While Egyptian films did extremely well in French cinemas in 2012, Moroccan and Tunisian films made the most admissions among films from the South Mediterranean region in French cinemas in 2013, according to Images Francophones. Moroccan director...

Industry, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon

11/02/2014

Amr Salama's Excuse My French tops the Egyptian box officeAmr Salama's Excuse My French tops the Egyptian box office

Commercial success for the social-media-savvy director's light comedy about a schoolboy trying to fit in

After its world premiere in Luxor last month, Egyptian director Amr Salama's school-set family comedy Excuse My French (La Moakhaza) is enjoying commercial success in local cinemas. It climbed straight to the top of the Egyptian box office in the...

Industry, Egypt

07/02/2014

Algeria gets new audiovisual lawAlgeria gets new audiovisual law

An Algerian writer reflects on his country's controversial new audiovisual law

The Algerian minister of communications has managed to push his new audiovisual law through parliament, writes Ali El Hadj Tahar in Liberté-Algérie of the controversial new legislation that, after 52 years of state monopoly over the audiovisual...

Industry, Algeria

03/02/2014

Stable Unstable: a funny, dramatic session on a psychotherapist's couchStable Unstable: a funny, dramatic session on a psychotherapist's couch

Lebanese director Mahmoud Hojeij's first fiction feature is out in local cinemas

A few hours before the New Year, the lift in an upper middle class building in Beirut stops working. There are deliveries, people coming and going... including some rather special visitors who stop at the sixth floor. They have an appointment...

Industry, Lebanon

22/01/2014

Moroccan film denounces sexual harassment at workMoroccan film denounces sexual harassment at work

Mohamed Ahed Bensouda's Derrière les portes fermées calls for better laws to address the issue

Mohamed Ahed Bensouda belongs to the new generation of Moroccan directors and Derrière les portes fermées (lit. "Behind closed doors") is his second feature film. He is highly educated and has gained experience from working on several...

Industry, Morocco