arab cinema

Rare Saudi Film Shown at Berlin Festival

By Sarah Mills BERLIN, Feb 21 – It’s rare that a Saudi Arabian film is shown at a major film festival, but Mahmoud Sabbagh’s Barakah yoqabil Barakah (Barakah Meets Barakah) has given Berlin a lighthearted look at the challenges of romance in the desert kingdom. Screened in the Forum section of the Berlinale, outside the

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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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