‘Iraqi Sniper’: the Response All Arabs Needed to ‘American Sniper’

‘Iraqi Sniper’: the Response All Arabs Needed to ‘American Sniper’

In 2014, Clint Eastwood directed “American Sniper”: a biographical war drama film based on the autobiographical memoir, under the same name. Needless to say, the film was a huge success, with an international gross of over $547 million. The film was also the highest grossing film of 2014 in the United States ($350 million).   Bradley […]

UPDATE: Egyptian Engineer in Marsa Alam Beaten to Death by Italian Tourist

UPDATE: Egyptian Engineer in Marsa Alam Beaten to Death by Italian Tourist

  This is a sad month for Marsa Allam. Just when we thought the worst thing that could happen is shutting down a beach after a shark attacked a tourist, it seems that things keep getting stranger.   Tarik Al-Henawy, a supervising engineer who was working at a hotel in Marsa Alam, south of the […]

Cinema for Humanity: The First Edition of El Gouna Film Festival

Cinema for Humanity: The First Edition of El Gouna Film Festival

  El Gouna is set to host the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival under the slogan “Cinema for Humanity.” The festival will start on the 22nd of September and will run till till the 29th.   El Gouna Film Festival aims to celebrate and foster cross-cultural exchanges across Egypt, the Middle East, and the rest […]

The Nile Hilton Incident: The Egyptian Movie Everyone Is Talking About

The Nile Hilton Incident: The Egyptian Movie Everyone Is Talking About

  A cinephile like myself is always proud when an Egyptian movie makes waves internationally; and that is exactly what Egyptian director Tarik Saleh’s new movie is doing. The Nile Hilton Incident received very positive reviews from leading film magazines — such as Variety and Hollywood Reporter — for all the right reasons.     Earlier this year, the movie […]

You Need to Watch This ‘Harry Potter’ Duel Happening in Mukattam

You Need to Watch This ‘Harry Potter’ Duel Happening in Mukattam

  “The things we lose always have a way of coming back to us at the end.” One of the most memorable Harry Potter quotes just came back to life, thanks to one Egyptian: Mohy Yasser. The 19-year-old director reenacted the famous scene where everyone’s favorite wizard duels Voldemort. And guess where it was? Cairo’s […]

Director Naji Abu Nowar on the Oscars, Philosophy and Bedouin Culture

Director Naji Abu Nowar on the Oscars, Philosophy and Bedouin Culture

By Anicée Gohar

“I don’t need an Oscar or any awards or success to be happy, because making films does that for me” – Naji Abu Nowar. This week, the Oscars were graced by the first Bedouins ever to rock the Academy Awards’ red carpet. #Represent. Jordanian movie Theeb is making the Arab World proud with its nomination for […]

Q&A: Amir Ramses, Director of ‘Jews of Egypt’

Q&A: Amir Ramses, Director of ‘Jews of Egypt’

Get a sneak peek at how the controversial 'Jews of Egypt' and its new sequel came to life.

Sitting excitedly in a dark movie theater, a ten year old boy stares happily, eyes transfixed at the screen in front of him. Watching the iconic filmmaker’s – the late Youssef Chahine – Iskindriyah Kaman we Kaman (Alexandria Forever and Ever) come to life transformed the little boy into an avid movie lover. And by the […]

Q&A: Behind the Scenes with Director Ahmad Abdalla

Q&A: Behind the Scenes with Director Ahmad Abdalla

From musician to the most sought after film editor to an award-winning director, Ahmad Abdalla is proof that talent, passion and determination do take you places.

Hopes deflated and dreams shattered, a young Ahmad Abdalla’s ambition of becoming a filmmaker came to a rapid halt. Rejected by the Film Institute twice – each year the institute picks only eight new students – and surrendering to his parents’ pleas, Abdalla enrolled at the Music Institute to become a viola [A bow string […]

A Star Among Us: AlWajd AlFayez

A Star Among Us: AlWajd AlFayez

AlWajd AlFayez is a young Jordanian who’s following her passion in film-making. Being a director and the founder of Mugshot Productions, she aims to tell stories by using cinematic shots, translating her imagination into reality. Read all about her career and what inspires her…   Introduce yourself. My name is AlWajd AlFayez and I am […]