All posts filed under “Film


Straight Shooter

Nazli Ghassemi talks to Shahin Armin and Sohrab Daryabandari, directors of a new documentary telling the story of Iran’s much-loved – and loathed – Paykan automobile

Youssef Nabil - Natacha Atlas

Shakin’ All Over

Dina Lobo looks at the lost art of raqs sharqi and the legacy of one of its foremost exponents lauded by Edward Said, the Egyptian dancer Tahia Carioca

Madreseye Mooshha

Bright Mice, Big City

Sahar Allamezade examines the evolution of a beloved Iranian children’s television programme from the 80s to the present and the sociocultural implications of the changes along the way

Hassan Hajjaj


Joobin Bekhrad’s take on Hassan Hajjaj’s fly-on-the-wall documentary about a day in the life of Karima, a henna girl in Marrakech’s Djemaa El Fnaa

Jamal Penjweny

Iraqi Odyssey

‘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

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Tales Within Tales

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

The Man from Oran

The Man from Oran

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