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Tracking the North Star

Theeb script-writer, Bassel Ghandour’s journey to film By Arfa Shahid “How do you track with the stars?” asks a Bedouin boy in the film Theeb. “Put the North Star between your eyes,” replies a stranger. And that is just what Bassel Ghandour did with his first feature film Theeb—he made it his North Star. The

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Pakistan: The Shame Of It All

A new documentary on Pakistan’s honor killings brings truths home BY Mishaal Khan The medieval practice of honor killing is defined as “the murder of a family member, usually a female, who is perceived to have brought dishonor and shame on their family.” In the majority of cases, an honor killing is not only justified

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Reel Progress

Nahla Al Fahad’s take on the hijab has won critical acclaim BY Arfa Shahid In a conversation with Newsweek Middle East, Emirati filmmaker, director and producer, Nahla Al Fahad, is contemplative. A packed schedule and constant travelling have not fazed Fahad, who is now known for her Oscar-shortlisted hijab documentary, The Tainted Veil. Fahad had known

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Oscar Announces Diversity Campaign

By Steve Gorman and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, Jan 24- The Oscars have launched a landmark campaign to diversify the ranks of Academy Award voters who decide which actors, movies and filmmakers earn recognition, but Hollywood’s highest honors may remain a predominantly white affair for some time to come. Amid an outcry against a field

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Celebrities Boycott Oscars for Lack of Diversity

By Ian Simpson Jan 18 – Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith said on Monday they will boycott next month’s Academy Awards ceremony because black actors were shut out of nominations, and the Academy acknowledged it needed to do more to promote diversity. The Oscar acting nominees announced on Thursday lacked black performers

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