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Everything is Gonna Be Alright
Everything is Gonna Be Alright | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanWhen Egyptian filmmaker, Tamer Ezzat, arrived in the US in 2001 the only project he had in mind was his short film “The Decision.” which he was working on not far from the World Trade Center. This project was disrupted by the 9/11 attack...
 
A Music School Silenced in Gaza
A Music School Silenced in Gaza | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanThere was a music school in Gaza. It was just six months old. The compound was targeted in the first wave of Israeli bombardments on December 27, and twice more the next day. The five-story building was vaporized; a flat gravel surface is all that remains.
 
Cheb Abid, a “Cheb” Made in Palestine
Cheb Abid, a “Cheb” Made in Palestine | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanCheb Abid comes from the Negev but his friends nicknamed him “Il Cheb” for the North African flavour of his music.
 
Mohammad Bakri: “I will never apologize!”
Mohammad Bakri: “I will never apologize!” | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanOn the occasion of the Land Day in Israel, Rome welcomed its best Arab actor: Mohamed Bakri. He was invited by the Palestinian community to stage the play “The Pessoptimist”, an adaptation of the novel “The Secret life of Saeed the Pessoptimist”, by Palestinian writer Emil Habibi. Alaa Ashkar met him after the play and discovered a man immensely proud of his roots, who today faces an uncertain future…
 
Haifa Film Festival: Nations do not got to the movies; they go to war
Haifa Film Festival: Nations do not got to the movies; they go to war | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanThe city of Haifa is home to famous writers, intellectuals and filmmakers proponent of Jewish Arab co-existence, such as the renowned Arab Israeli author Emile Habibi, who created the emblematic arab-language newspaper Al Itihad, Sami Michael, the iraqi-born writer, former communist activist and acclaimed author of “Trumped in the Wadi” , or renowned film-maker Amos Gitaï. The city hosts also the Haifa International Film Festival, committed to mutual understanding by promoting Palestinian film directors. This year, it took place with the Lebanese and Palestinian wars in the background.
 
Fathy Salama or orientalised jazz
Fathy Salama or orientalised jazz | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanFathy Salama’s major artistic preoccupation is making oriental and Western rhythms interact. The exchanges and fusion between Egyptian, European and American music has given exquisite fruit.
 
Rebel through hip hop, Cairo
Rebel through hip hop, Cairo | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanIn the midst of the ongoing Revolution, Egyptian hip hop group Arabian Knightz has released Rebel, the first song to come out of Egypt since January 25 and the internet blackout.
 
‘Trans-cultural’, the new music in Egypt
‘Trans-cultural’, the new music in Egypt | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanTransproject, a new group born from the Egyptian group ‘Risala’ and the South African group of crossover music, ‘Napalma’. A jazz, blues, rock and electronic music ensemble.
 
Moving pictures - literally - in the West Bank
Moving pictures - literally - in the West Bank | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanBefore the First Intifada, each major city in the West Bank had two or three cinemas. Now, they've remained closed for so long that the habit of going to the cinema has virtually died away. Yousef Aldeek started this Mobile Cinema last November...
 
DAM – Rap Resistance
DAM – Rap Resistance | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanMC's Suhell Nafar, Tamer Nafar, Mahmoud Jreri have formed in 1998 the first and leading Palestinian Rap Group. The lyrics of DAM are influenced by the on-going Israeli - Palestinian conflict as well as by the Palestinian struggle for freedom and equality. The controversial title track of their second album "Min Irhabi" (who's the terrorist?) released in 2001 was downloaded by more than 1 million people within a month.
 

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