cinema

India’s Supreme Court Orders Cinemas to Play National Anthem

By Tommy Wilkes and Suchitra Mohanty NEW DELHI, Nov 30  – Indian cinemas must play the national anthem before screening a film and the audience must stand and listen, the country’s Supreme Court said on Wednesday in a ruling echoing growing nationalist sentiment under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The court ordered that an image of

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Film Festival Brings Chinese Contemporary Art to Beirut Screens

By Ellen Francis BEIRUT, Nov 2  – When Uli Sigg began looking for contemporary art in China nearly three decades ago, he was surprised nobody was collecting it systematically. So he decided to do it himself. The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg, a documentary to be screened alongside 44 others at this month’s Beirut Art

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Snowden, A Love Story

Oliver Stone’s new film aims to humanize the infamous NSA leaker and convince viewers he’s a hero, not a traitor BY Jeff Stein Bill Binney found a seat just inside the door of Washington’s Chez Billy Sud, a chic Georgetown pub, as a happy crowd was pouring in after an advance screening of Oliver Stone’s new

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Gaza Audiences Enjoy First Night Out At The Movies In 20 Years

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Feb 29  – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are enjoying their first night out at the movies since political tensions led to the torching of cinemas in the enclave 20 years ago. Hollywood blockbusters have yet to return and Hamas Islamists, who now rule Gaza, are looking out for anything they

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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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Shattered Promises

Iranian filmmakers excel abroad despite theocratic censorship back home BY Roshanak Taghavi When Ayatollah Khomeini ascended to power in the aftermath of Iran’s 1979 Revolution, he promised people a new paradise on Earth: social and economic prosperity, freedom of expression for everybody, and a strong, independent nation. Amidst an atmosphere of war with Iraq and violent

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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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Pakistan’s Girl Friday

Mahira Khan’s big-screen portrayals cross the Indo-Pak divide   BY Zahir Janmohamed with additional reporting by Sonal Shah   At a Halloween party last October, Pakistani actress, Mahira Khan posed for a photo with Pakistani director Asim Raza. Khan pointed to a sign held by Raza, which read “Mahira Ko Bahar Nikalo” (Mahira, get out).

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Independent Indian Movie Sheds Light on Disability and Sexuality

BY Anna Yazijyan DUBAI (Nov 2) Forbidden love, a relentless struggle for happiness and a desire to live a “normal” life form the crux of Shonali Bose’s award-winning film Margarita With a Straw. Seen by many as controversial, the movie is an emotional and inspiring story about Laila (Kalki Koechin), a girl with cerebral palsy

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