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  • Middle East Solos: Out of Context, Creating a New One
    Middle East Solos: Out of Context, Creating a New One

    Publication: American Theatre | Posted: Mar 29, 2016

    “They’re not there to talk about gender, but obviously it stems from a feminine and feminist perspective,” said Hafez. And, as there is a prevalent American media depiction of Middle Eastern women as disempowered, audience members who entered the venue drunk on that spiked Kool-Aid were likely to leave sobered up by the diversity and evident power of the performers. Said choreographer and NYLA artistic director Bill T. Jones, who conceived the festival with Kriegsmann, “We think [women from the MENA region] are oppressed or deluded. Then we see these women expressing themselves as individuals. That’s important for us to see.”

  • Hysterical Choir of The Frightened
    Hysterical Choir of The Frightened

    Publication: Ibraaz | Posted: Mar 10, 2016

    "On 25 January 2014, thousands of people gathered in Tahrir Square to celebrate the third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. On that day, only the supporters of the army and the actions of its commander in chief were admitted into the square. The Muslim Brotherhood and opposition protests taking place in the vicinity were immediately crushed with tear gas and live ammunition. The proximity of the celebrations and the killings led many journalists to call it a day of 'death and dance'. The festive crowd was likened to a 'hysterical choir of fear'."

  • I Saved My Belly Dancer
    I Saved My Belly Dancer

    Publication: Reorient | Posted: Feb 23, 2016

    Youssef Nabil’s hand-coloured homage to Egypt’s Golden Age and the art of the belly dancer. Nabil’s oeuvre is an act of self-preservation, but also an act of preserving a history beyond that of his own: the history of a country and culture

  • Musicians Syndicate moves against ‘Satanist’ metal concerts

    Publication: Mada Masr | Posted: Feb 21, 2016

    The Musicians Syndicate attempted to shut down two “Satanist parties” held in Cairo on Saturday night, according to syndicate head Hany Shaker, citing a Western conspiracy to corrupt young Egyptians.

  • Berlin Hidden Gems: ‘Barakah Meets Barakah’ Is Love, Saudi Arabian Style
    Berlin Hidden Gems: ‘Barakah Meets Barakah’ Is Love, Saudi Arabian Style

    Publication: The Hollywood Reporter | Posted: Feb 14, 2016

    "I wanted to make a film about the disenfranchised youth, the millennials, who are more voiceless and have less political representation, less economic opportunities," says Sabbagh, who, like many emerging Saudi creatives, cut his teeth making YouTube videos. "It’s also about censorship, the layers of censorship and authority."

  • New Texts Out Now: Ella Shohat, The Question of Judeo-Arabic

    Publication: Jadaliyya | Posted: Jan 20, 2016

    This essay revolves around a very personal question for me -- the name of the language I spoke with my grandparents and parents. Baghdadi-Jews like my family spoke the language, first in Iraq, then in Israel, and later in the US. For us, it was simply Arabic, although we also knew of course that it was a dialect, a specific form of an ‘amiyya; in our case, Iraqi, Baghdadi, Jewish Arabic. Within the Jewish-Baghdadi dialect itself, we commonly referred to it as haki mal yihud (the speech of the Jews) in contrast to the neighboring dialect, haki mal aslam (the speech of the Muslims).

  • Drifting Away: De-Occupying the Palestinian Self
    Drifting Away: De-Occupying the Palestinian Self

    Publication: Jadaliyya | Posted: Jan 15, 2016

    Review of Speed Sisters, directed by Amber Fares. Palestine, 2015

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