Drop Everything Because Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Cast Were Just Spotted in Jordan

Drop Everything Because Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Cast Were Just Spotted in Jordan

The star-packed cast of Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie were just spotted taking a break from filming to enjoy one of Middle East’s most beautiful destinations! The stars of the remake are on location in Jordan, where they’ve been filming for the past two months. The country’s desert landscape and ancient ruins provide the perfect backdrop […]

‘Shokah we Sekina’ Wins First Prize at Tayarah Short Film Workshop in GFF

‘Shokah we Sekina’ Wins First Prize at Tayarah Short Film Workshop in GFF

Tayarah’s short film workshop was held as part of El Gouna Film Festival’s CineGouna platform with the aim to support aspiring filmmakers. Earlier today, Tayarah’s jury panel announced the names of its winners.     The first place prize went to Shokah we Sekina’s (Knife and Fork) script by Adam Abdelghafar — it should be noted that […]

Forest Whitaker Is Going to Attend El Gouna Film Festival

Forest Whitaker Is Going to Attend El Gouna Film Festival

Oscar-winning actor/director Forest Whitaker is going to be feted at El Gouna Film Festival with a lifetime achievement award. Whitaker, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, in “The Last King of Scotland,” was praised by the El Gouna’s artistic director, Intishal Al Timimi, for playing roles with “significant social and human dimensions.” […]

27 Movies You Wouldn’t Believe Were Filmed in Jordan

27 Movies You Wouldn’t Believe Were Filmed in Jordan

With a sea, forest, desert, and big city, Jordan is the perfect backdrop for any silver screen story from invasion of robots to historical tales of the past to romantic tragedies. Along with being a phenomenal setting for screenplays, many movie buffs in the region chose Jordan to film their movies since the Jordanian Royal […]

50 Movies to Look Forward to in 2016

50 Movies to Look Forward to in 2016

By Hady El Hady

2016 is definitely the year for movies and huge blockbusters and it looks like we’ll be spending most of our time (and money) in movie theaters. This year witnesses some long-awaited movies like Deadpool and Suicide Squad, some remakes for immensely popular movies like the late Robin Williams’s 1995 classic Jumanji and Bill Muarry’s 1984 […]

Arab Child Stars to Keep an Eye on

Arab Child Stars to Keep an Eye on

With the recent passing of Omar ElSherif and Faten Hamama, Arab cinema will forever be different. However, it’s important to look to the future and embrace the new generation of entertainers. Here are a few Arab child stars who have already had success in the entertainment industry and who are on the road to becoming entertainment legends themselves. Khaled […]

12 Palestinian Films That Will Open Your Eyes

12 Palestinian Films That Will Open Your Eyes

Art has become one of the greatest forms of modern storytelling and healing. For the Palestinian community in particular, films have offered a platform for their narrative to be told, while reminiscing  about “ayam el 3ezz“. Here are 12 Palestinian films that will make you laugh, cry and long for the Holy land.     ‘5 […]

Egypt to Show Uncut Movies Starting in April

Egypt to Show Uncut Movies Starting in April

In a surprising move, the head of Egypt’s censorship board, Fathi Abdul Sattar, has announced that Arab and foreign films will be shown uncut starting from the beginning of April. Movies will be fully presented, he said, without sex scenes being cut as per usual. However, films that promote atheism and pornography will still be […]

We Are a Generation of Culture Killers

I can prove the headline above with the two examples below. Note: Each one is a quote from an Egyptian film. Example A: “Ya monyat al nafsee da2emat al khaledah Ya 2onsolat al kalb fe kol zaman we makan. Mahma we mahma nakaltee, 3endama yowshoko al korso al a7mar… fa 2ozkoreenee” – From Bain El […]

Abu Dhabi Film Festival Opens

Abu Dhabi Film Festival Opens

The annual Abu Dhabi Film Festival opens today, happening for a week and a half until Nov. 2 at the Emirates Palace and Marina Mall. Running for the seventh year in a row, this year’s festival features films from 51 countries, with 94 full-length and 72 short films competing for awards in several sections, including […]