How were the Soviet Union’s Central Asian and Caucasian minorities portrayed in film, and why was this? To find out, Valeriya Nakshun takes a look at Russian history and the ‘Soviet eastern’ genre.
Why does Iranian artist Mahmoud Bakhshi panic in cinemas? His new exhibition in London, in which he revisits a defining moment in Iranian history, provides reason enough.
On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the passing of Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari, Joobin Bekhrad remembers her and two other Iranian luminaries who also met their untimely ends in Paris
Listen to Joobin Bekhrad crack up as he talks to the acclaimed Iranian artist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi for the fourth episode of REORIENT’s podcast series
Ahead of her solo exhibition in Johannesburg, Joobin Bekhrad talks to the iconic Shirin Neshat about her current projects, her career as a whole, and her … style ‘gurus’
Edwin Nasr examines the career of the controversial Lebanese filmmaker Danielle Arbid, and catches up with her in Paris to talk about her many trials and triumphs
Joobin Bekhrad looks back on the oeuvre of the late Abbas Kiarostami – particularly his earlier films featuring child protagonists – and a recent encounter with the auteur in Toronto
Al Jazeera’s Ali Al-Woozain embarks on a journey around the world to discover the origins of oud and the beloved scent of his childhood days in Qatar
A glance at the history and evolution of Iranian cinema, from Haji Agha and Film Farsi to New Wave modernism, postwar censorship, and widespread international acclaim
Youssef Nabil talks to Natasha Morris about his childhood, his fascination with the ‘Golden Age’ of Egyptian cinema, and his new series of work revolving around the figure of the belly dancer