Culture



Celebrating Peace Day where it is needed most
Posted on 23/09/2008 - 17:23
Lebanon's Permanent Peace Movement (PPM) organized a full day of art and music performances in downtown Beirut in celebration of International Peace Day. peace day 
Killing 'Mattab,' Palestine's first soap opera
Posted on 19/09/2008 - 14:24
"Matabb," Palestine's first soap opera, highlights the trials and tribulations of everyday life and touches on a number of taboo issues. The original plan was to broadcast the serial's ten episodes, which were produced by the Goethe Institute in Ramallah, at the start of Ramadan. But at the last minute the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) decided otherwise. mattab.jpg 
Saudi fatwa row spoils Ramadan TV season
Posted on 15/09/2008 - 18:11
Saudi's top judge has caused an outcry by calling for the owners of TV stations broadcasting "depraved" drama series to be killed, although he added that this should be done only through a judicial process. Saudi fatwa ramadan.jpg 
In Gaza, Bab Al-Hara still rules among musalsals
Posted on 12/09/2008 - 16:42
The Syrian soap opera Bab Al-Hara, the most watched musalsal of the 2007 Ramadan season, remains hugely popular throughout the Arab world. In the Gaza Strip, as our correspondent reports, it has affected many aspects of daily life. bab al hara main picture 
TV drama canceled after tribes complain to King
Posted on 11/09/2008 - 15:18
An ambitious 30-episode drama series portraying the life of an 18th century tribal leader has been canceled after the tribe complained to the Saudi King that it distorted history. 10_ae_arabic_series_4.jpg 
Slingshot Hip Hop invades Lebanon
Posted on 12/08/2008 - 13:45
U.S.-based Arab filmmaker Jackie Salloum's documentary Slingshot Hip Hop has made waves in the film world, including at this year's Sundance Film Festival. She was in Lebanon last week showing the film to Palestinian youth in three of the country's Palestinian refugee camps. hiphop sling story.jpg 
Probably not coming to a theater anywhere near you
Posted on 09/07/2008 - 16:37
Maher Sabry's Toul Omry (All My Life) is probably the most daring film about homosexual life in Egypt ever made. MENASSAT spoke with the director following the premiere of his film at a festival in San Francisco. EGYPT, Toul Omry 
Bouncing on a hot stage
Posted on 04/07/2008 - 17:14
Amman-based correspondent Oula Farawati explores why large segments of Jordan's artistic community are campaigning against Jordan's Festival for Culture and Arts. In what is proving to be an embarrassment to the government, critics say the event is a Jordanian attempt at normalizing relations with Israel. jordan- culture.jpg 
Portrait of a pioneer
Posted on 03/07/2008 - 17:44
In the wake of May's violence, which took Lebanon back to the brink of civil war, Hassan Osman, founder of the Arab world's only magazine specialized in documentary photography, decided to devote the June-July issue of Sowar entirely to pictures of the 1975-1990 civil war. An interview. HASSAN OSMAN PIC 
Lahza: Camp life seen through children's eyes
Posted on 11/06/2008 - 19:16
Palestinians in Lebanon have been relegated to a sub-story in the larger Lebanese narrative. An innovative photography project, Lahza, seeks to change that by putting disposable cameras in the hands of children living in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. diana hassan alarid03(2).jpg