Jamal Penjweny

Iraqi Odyssey

December 15, 2014 | Joobin Bekhrad

‘Straddling a telling of his family’s history and that of Iraq from Ottoman times to the present, Samir’s aptly named film is nothing short of epic

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Pier Paolo Pasolini

Tales Within Tales

December 8, 2014 | Sabrina Guerrieri

Sabrina Guerrieri on the postmodernism of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1974 classic, The Flower of the Thousand and One Nights and questions of originality in art

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The Man from Oran

The Man from Oran

December 1, 2014 | Joobin Bekhrad

‘Welcome to Algiers, baby’ – Lyes Salem blends fact and fiction in his stirring film about the aftermath of the Algerian War of Independence

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Alireza Astaneh

Persian Letters

November 24, 2014 | Kevin Schwartz

Kevin Schwartz looks at the allure of Persian nasta’liq calligraphy in the ateliers and courts of the Persianate world, as well as to a new generation of Iranian artists

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Hello Psychaleppo

Syriously Surreal

November 18, 2014 | Leo Kroonen

‘When you limit yourself, you are actually more free’ – a chat with Beirut-based Syrian artist and musician Samer Saem Eldahr – a.k.a. Hello Psychaleppo! – about his latest album, HA!

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