Movies

Worlds of Islam, Michael Jackson collide in Egyptian film

Sep 23, 2017

In a new Egyptian film, an ultra-conservative Muslim is torn by his love of Michael Jackson, mirroring a country's struggle between traditions and modern global influences

Saudi filmmakers build audiences without cinemas

Sep 7, 2017

With daring filmmakers, untold stories and entertainment-starved young people, Saudi Arabia has all the makings of a local movie industry _ except for theaters

Emirati filmmaker unsettles traditions, exposes hidden lives

Aug 27, 2017

Emirati filmmaker unsettles traditions by bringing to Gulf audiences an Arabic movie reflecting the region's most intimate and hidden lives

Turkey detains director of film on July 15 coup attempt

Jul 13, 2017

Turkey's official news agency says a film director has been detained, suspected of links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who Turkey blames for last summer's failed coup.

Smurfette is shunned in Israeli ultra-Orthodox city

Mar 28, 2017

PR company promoting Smurfs latest movie says it's removed Smurfette from promo posters in ultra-Orthodox Israeli city

US actor Gere compares West Bank town to 'Old South'

Mar 23, 2017

Actor Richard Gere has compared life for Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron to segregation in the United States

Israeli police question Hollywood mogul in Netanyahu probe

Mar 7, 2017

An Israeli police official says Israeli investigators questioned Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in the U.S. last week as part of a corruption investigation into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Iranians celebrate 2nd Oscars win for Farhadi

Mar 3, 2017

Hundreds of Iranians have gathered at Tehran Cinema Museum to celebrate Asghar Farhadi's Academy Awards win for best foreign language film

Iranian film hails demise of US Navy in imagined Gulf battle

Mar 2, 2017

A new animated Iranian film portrays a showdown at sea with the U.S. Navy, in which a commander modeled on a real-life Iranian general destroys the American fleet

Iranian hard-line newspapers criticize Farhadi's Oscar win

Feb 28, 2017

Iranian hard-line papers criticize Farhadi's Oscar for best foreign film, claiming 'politics' brought him the award

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