For its second edition, the JJEM–Young Journalists in the Mediterranean - competition broadens its horizons and invites young video reporters living in Algeria, Egypt, France, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia to produce 6 to 10 minute videos documenting experiences in community resistance carried out through artistic practices and post them on the Web Arts Resistances platform
From Egypt to Colombia: On the content of comics
In 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)
A music-filled Tunisian film perfectly fits this doubtful moment
Through the creation of a fictional Arabic alt-rock band, Khyam Allami composed, arranged and produced a soundtrack that’s as nuanced, lo-fi and punk rock as Leyla Buazid’s award-winning debut movie, A peine j’ouvre les yeux (As I Open My Eyes)
Tough times for cinema in Algeria!
In 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
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)
Toys of war
The 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)
Contemporary sparks between video, performance and urban planning in Cairo
An 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)
When the Arabs exported the tarab
Story. 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)
Gabi Jimenez or the rage to create
He 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
Are known for their fresh take on hip-hop, reggae, dub, rock and Bosnian folklore. Initially, the concept of the band came through an urgent need to voice the problematic issues in Bosnian society, while also showing the rest of the world that life in the Balkans exists outside of the familiar and overused media stereotypes.
Dio Oud: “Our third intifada will be cultural”
Nidal 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.
The stolen library: Syrian artists poetically archive Arab publishing
“When the Library was Stolen” is the first iteration of “Series of Disappearances”, a project by the collective Fehras, created by three Syrian artists now living in Berlin, Kenan Darwich, Omar Nicolas and Sami Rustom. The project was inspired by the story of the recently raided library of renowned Saudi-Iraqi author Abdel Rahman Mounif (1933-2004) and will examine the relocation of knowledge in and out of the MENA region due to various economic, political and social changes.
Roma in Turkey: Not recognized, not protected
The Roma population in Turkey is not recognized as a minority, and therefore not under legal protection. Roma rights activists in Turkey fight against discriminatory rhetoric of politicians and stereotypical representation in the media and publications that feed the prejudice.
Word of Gitano, the short film of a community
Realized with crowdfunding in the Andalusian city of Almeria and already won awards at many festivals, "Antonia" tells the story of a young photographer and her encounter with a journalist, both Gitanes. A project that involved more than two hundred people with the aim of bringing the reality Gitanes closer to the rest of society.
Away From Home
The photographer Kursat Bayhan five years ago started to document the life’s conditions of the habitants of Eminönu e Küçükpazar, in Istanbul: internal migrants came from little villages in the countryside in the oriental and south-oriental areas of the Country. (Ebticar/Mashallah news)
The contradictions of independent music in Egypt
The 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)
Residents reinvent direct democracy in El Guettar
Arriving in ElGuettar, Redeyef or Thala, first we are overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape, the deserted or green mountains, depending on the proximity to the Sahara. As we enter these cities in south Tunisia we note immediately the total absence of infrastructure, paved roads, means of transport. There's just a medical clinic, a primary school and a few shops. No public services or administration, how do the inhabitants manage their everday lives? (Ebticar/Tunisie Bondy Blog)
Youssef Alimam: “Denial flows in our veins like the water of the Nile in the middle of Egypt”
Youssef 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)
PirateBeirut. Free sharing to create culture
Born in 2009 to “preserve the cultural heritage of Lebanon”, the “pirate” file-sharing site has helped launch stars that now are internationally acclaimed, such as Mashrou’ Leila. And it is chosen by a growing number of musicians to reach the public in more than 150 countries.
The vitality of the Arab web media. First Ebticar call for proposals.
The quality and quantity of projects that participated in the final selection of the EBTICAR call for proposals, 8th and 9th of July 2014 at the Villa Méditerranée in Marseille (France), offer a clear overview of the richness of digital media in the present Arab world.
“Turkey, of which I am a part of, is ready for this film”
“The Cut”, Turkish-German director Fatih Ak?n’s movie about the Armenian genocide will premiere at the Venice Film Festival, held from 27 August to 6 September. Ak?n, in an interview to “Agos” (Armenian newspaper published in Turkey), stated that his greatest wish was for the film to be screened in major theatres in Turkey.
Ebticar. Web radio, data journalism and micro blogging in the Arab world
The projects participating in the first call for proposals launched by the Ebticar programme confirm the innovative character of online media in the Arab-speaking world. From web radios to micro blogging, they aim to reach out to the most marginalized social actors.
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