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Tunisian cinema. The 1960’s/70’s
Tunisian cinema. The 1960’s/70’s | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanAfter a series of short films promoting national heritage, the first filmmakers have clearly chosen themes related to the birth of independent Tunisia. It is not just a coincidence that the inaugural film of this history is entitled “L’Aube” [Dawn] (1996).
 
From Egypt to Colombia: On the content of comics
Sara Ahmed Abdel Aziz   

From Egypt to Colombia: On the content of comics | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanIn awe and curiosity, we hunch over our desks in the cramped classroom at the American University in Cairo’s downtown campus, magnifying our attention on 25-year-old Lina Moreno. An illustrator and graphic designer from Medellin, Colombia, she has popped by Cairo to give a free workshop for 20 participants, organized by Kawkab El Rasameen, about her work and the world of illustration that exists halfway across the world in her native land. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)

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

Contemporary sparks between video, performance and urban planning in Cairo | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanAn 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)

 
The contradictions of independent music in Egypt
Rami Abadir   

The contradictions of independent music in Egypt | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanThe contradictions of independent music in Egypt | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanThe beginning of the new millennium saw the emergence of the term “independent music” in Egyptian cultural circles, attracting those dismissive of mainstream music. Almost 14 years after the term arrived, it remains ambiguous and undefined. Mada Masr explores the lights and shadows of the independent musical industry. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)

 
Youssef Alimam: “Denial flows in our veins like the water of the Nile in the middle of Egypt”
Marianne Roux   

Youssef Alimam: “Denial flows in our veins like the water of the Nile in the middle of Egypt”  | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanYoussef Alimam: “Denial flows in our veins like the water of the Nile in the middle of Egypt”  | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanYoussef Alimam is a 22–year-old musician, composer, independent filmmaker, actor, scriptwriter and photographer. He graduated from the High Cinema Institute in Cairo and also has a background in sound engineering and production. Libido, his graduation project, won Youssef Chahine’s Student award for best short documentary in 2012 and the Rotary Award for Best Film on Peace in 2013. (Ebticar/Mashallah news)

 
Dio Oud: “Our third intifada will be cultural”
BrĂ©maud/Mashallah News   

Dio Oud: “Our third intifada will be cultural” | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanNidal and Aboud are both 26 years old and long-time old friends – though they prefer to call each other brothers. They live on the slopes of Mount Ebal in Nablus, in the West Bank. Together they form the band Dio Oud, with the purpose of delving into the sonorities of their much-loved instrument, the oud. The friends make covers of numerous Arabic classics, and recently started to play their own tunes.

 
Palestinian film 'Omar' gets Oscar nomination
babelmed   

Palestinian film 'Omar' gets Oscar nomination | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanThe Palestinian film "Omar" has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign Language Film category, making it the second Palestinian film to be nominated for the prestigious golden statuette.

 
Subjective truths from Palestine
KS   
Subjective truths from Palestine | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanIt preceded Palestinians’ quest for statehood at the UN, the acerbic internal Palestinian division and the Arab Spring, and yet with hindsight it had all the clues and looks now like artistic prophecy. Babelmed revisits Annelys de Vet, the visionary editor and graphic designer of The Subjective Atlas of Palestine, published in 2007.
 
Bookmarking the blockade
K.S.   
Bookmarking the blockade | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanFor the first time ever since it was launched five years ago, the Palestine Festival of Literature made it into the Gaza Strip, which Israel has kept for as many years under total blockade. So why did Hamas forces break up the closing event?
 
Women First, Ramallah
Women First, Ramallah | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanWomen First is a photography project on the key role of young Palestinian women in their nation’s struggle. The photos will be shown in an exhibit curated by Saher Saman at the Marji Gallery and Contemporary Projects in Santa Fe, USA, opening on May 25th.
 

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