marrakech film festival

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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New Big Shot on the Block

A new comedy from Lebanese director reflects the country’s reality BY Roshanak Taghavi Three brothers in present day Lebanon embark on a career shift from drug dealing to movie production in Very Big Shot—the directorial debut from 26-year old Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya—and the result is a dark comedy. Much like American comedies like Wag The

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Morocco’s Celluloid Dreams

A host of filmmakers and actors gathered at the Marrakech Film Festival to celebrate cinema BY Roshanak Taghavi Art will always be a more powerful instrument of change than weapons, renowned Italian-American director Francis Ford Coppola told Newsweek Middle East on the sidelines of Marrakech’s 15th Annual Film Festival last week. Speaking at La Mamounia

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