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Tough times for cinema in Algeria!
Nejma Rondeleux   

Tough times for cinema in Algeria! | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIn the aftermath of independence in 1962, Algeria hosted 450 cinemas. Sixty years later, there are less than two dozen left. Minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi’s declaration last June that “95% of Algerian cinemas are closed and non-operating” came as a bolt out of the blue.

 
Much Loved by Nabil Ayouch
Nabil Bekkani   

Much Loved by Nabil Ayouch | babelmed | mediterranean culture

In Morocco, the film Much Loved raised a heated debate. Not limited to simple condemnations or requests to ban its screenings. The film was discussed in the parliament and there were calls for the execution of its director, as well as the actress who played the main character, Loubna Abidar.(Ebticar/Arablog)

 
Contemporary sparks between video, performance and urban planning in Cairo
Mada Masr   

Contemporary sparks between video, performance and urban planning in Cairo | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAn art project in a cafe, a Japanese-Egyptian urban laboratory and the annual 2B Continued festival dedicated to performance art in all its forms: in Cairo contemporary art and the spectacle involve the audience in an original way. Three events reviewed by MadaMasr. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)

 
President Erdogan, free Cumhuriyet’s editors and all other detained journalists!
Reporters sans frontières   

President Erdogan, free Cumhuriyet’s editors and all other detained journalists! | babelmed | mediterranean cultureCan Dündar, the editor­in­chief of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, and his Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül, have been held since the evening of 26 November. They are charged with spying and terrorism because last May they published evidence of arms deliveries by the Turkish intelligence services to Islamist groups in Syria.

 
Gabi Jimenez or the rage to create
Nathalie Galesne   

Gabi Jimenez or the rage to create  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureHe is immersed in Gypsy imagination but refuses to identify himself as an artist through the prism of a "specific Roma culture". His painting is a political act like a sharp sword ready to sever all forms of humiliation and discrimination inflicted on Gypsies. An interview

 
The gitano duende in Spain
Cristina Artoni   

The gitano duende in Spain | babelmed | mediterranean cultureFrom flamenco to rumba, through the literary productions passed down orally from generation to generation, to the young creators who today reinterpret the tradition with contemporary language. The reportage by Babelmed on artistic expressions of Romany communities in Barcelona and Andalusia.

 
Boycott drive proposes martyrs, prisoners as parliamentary candidates
Mada Masr   

Boycott drive proposes martyrs, prisoners as parliamentary candidates  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureSome young activists are calling on Egyptians to boycott the parliamentary elections in honor of the martyrs of the revolution and imprisoned political dissidents. But given the boycott's limited outreach and a general political apathy, some dismiss the campaign as an elitist folly. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)

 
Toys of war
Clément Girardot   

Toys of war | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe ongoing project War-Toys recreates the memories of children affected by war with the toys that are found on site, in Palestine, Israel and Lebanon. Photographer Brian McCarty worked for more than twenty years for the major toys brands. Today, his camera tells a moving story of contemporary wars, while helping children overcome their trauma. (Ebticar/Mashallah News)

 
When the Arabs exported the tarab
Jamal Boushaba   

When the Arabs exported the tarab | babelmed | mediterranean cultureStory. Between the Egyptian Revolution in 1919 and the beginning of the Lebanon war in 1975, the Middle East goes through a parenthesis of a blessed social and artistic freedom. On the trail of some of the protagonists of this period, in a story based on the latest graphicnovel by Lamia Ziadé, to immerse in a mythical heritage. Is it lost forever? (Ebticar/Le Desk)

 
Romani artistic expressions
Federica Araco   

Romani artistic expressions  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIs it possible to talk about Romani arts? If so, what cultural models inspire its standards of beauty? And what is meant by romanipé? Interviews and testimonials on the reality in Italy by creators, academics and researchers.

 
Gypsy culture in Turkey: From "half" to "whole"
Övgü Pinar   

Gypsy culture in Turkey: From "half" to "whole" | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIs it possible to talk about a universal, all-inclusive Gypsy culture? What are the distinctive characteristics of different Gypsy groups and how are they transmitted through generations in a community without a written culture? An interview with Turkish professor of music ethnography İbrahim Yavuz Yükselsin and a portrait of Turkish-Gypsy director Elmas Arus.

 
Interview with Evelyne Pommer from Médiathèque Mateo Maximoff
Nathalie Galesne   

Interview with Evelyne Pommer from Médiathèque Mateo Maximoff | babelmed | mediterranean cultureEvelyne Pommerat receives you the Médiathèque Mateo Maximoff with precious attention. Responsible for an extensive archive devoted to Gypsies and travellers (gent du voyage), this veteran documentalist turned this place into an open window to the present, thanks to a vibrant cultural program.

 
The difficult transition
Tom Rollins   

The difficult transition | babelmed | mediterranean cultureRefugees and migrants face increasing arrests in Egypt for attempting to cross the Mediterranean. Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s Syria operation just 40-percent funded for this year, while socio-economic challenges remain. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)

 

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