Opinion

In Berlin, politics trump art in Arab films

The Arab film selection at the 67th Berlinale was dominated by themes such as the Syrian War and the Palestinian cause.

Joseph Fahim

by Joseph Fahim

Joseph Fahim

Oscars

Year of diversity at Oscars 'does little to even score'

Increased race representation welcomed with caution after marginalised artists sidelined by all-white casts for years.

Year of diversity at Oscars 'does little to even score'

Pakistan

Is Pakistani film experiencing a revival?

The fortunes of Pakistani film have been tied up with its neighbour's film industry, Bollywood, but can it go it alone?

Is Pakistani film experiencing a revival?

Oscars

Iran actress to boycott Oscars over 'racist' visa ban

Taraneh Alidoosti will not attend Academy Awards whether or not US President Trump's ban includes cultural events.

Taraneh Alidoosti boycotting Oscars over Trump visa ban

Cinema

More diversity among Oscar nominations after furore

Seven of 20 actors nominated for an Academy Award are not white, compared to previous years which had no representation.

Arts & Culture

Egyptian film provokes outcry over religion and state

'The Preacher' tackles complex relationship between clerics and government, and some are calling for it to be banned.

'Mawlana' film provokes outcry over religion and state

Cinema

Bollywood star Om Puri dies after cardiac arrest

Indian cinema icon who acted for more than 40 years dies at 66 after suffering a heart attack in Mumbai.

Om Puri, Bollywood star, dies in Mumbai

Cinema

Are the Chinese insatiable romantics?

A look at the rise and popularity of Chinese romantic comedies.

Are the Chinese insatiable romantics?

Cinema

Zombies: The film genre that won't die

Is the 21st-century zombie a projection of what we fear the pressures of modern life are turning us into?

Zombies: The film genre that won't die

Opinion

Brangelina: What's the big deal?

In a deeply and wildly commercialised culture, the private lives of Hollywood stars are public property.

Hamid Dabashi

by Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi

Opinion

An 'Arab' in Hollywood

The rich milieu of groups native to the Middle East has no place in codified constructions of US race and ethnicity.

Khaled A Beydoun

by Khaled A Beydoun

Khaled A Beydoun

Arts & Culture

Russia seeks to preserve Soviet-era cinema classics

Soviet-era films, domestic and foreign, are all now being preserved as part of the former communist country's heritage.

Opinion

Abbas Kiarostami: Close up, long shot, and cut!

Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's camera made the foreign familiar by making the familiar foreign.

Hamid Dabashi

by Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi

Opinion

The Hollywood bull enters Rumi's china shop

If Hollywood wants to turn to Rumi, may Rumi's blessings be on Hollywood.

Hamid Dabashi

by Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi

Opinion

Hologram for a King might trigger US soul-searching

Is US self-perception as do-gooding global superhero starting to fade?

Rachel Shabi

by Rachel Shabi

Rachel Shabi