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Moroccan activists slam music festival as corrupt

With Shakira and other top international artists performing in open air venues around Morocco’s capital — often for free — the annual Mawazine world music festival doesn’t at first seem like something anyone could dislike. Activists from Morocco’s pro-reform February 20 movement, however, tried to get it canceled, describing it as a symptom of the …

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A new revolutionary sound for Nile FM

Since the introduction of radio to Egypt in the beginning of the 20th century, a strong radio culture was insistently cultivated, growing in prominence and popularity over time. From the widely broadcasted monthly concerts of the legendary Om Kolthoum that saw people from different social backgrounds gathering round a radio to listen to the late …

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Tang’s role in Chinese propaganda film in doubt

"Lust, Caution" star Tang Wei’s role in a Chinese propaganda blockbuster as the first love of Communist China’s founding father, Mao Zedong, has reportedly been dropped, raising the prospect that the actress is still suffering backlash after playing a traitor in the 2007 World War II-era spy thriller. While "Lust, Caution" gave Tang international exposure, …

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Tahrir Monologues: A declaration of independence

In the days and months that have followed the departure of former president Hosni Mubarak, it would be very easy to create a work about the January 25 Revolution in a way which prematurely capitalizes on its nostalgia. Along the fault lines of sustaining political instability, a good deal of current works in progress on …

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Ai Weiwei work on show at key Hong Kong art fair

A leading international art fair is to display a provocative work by detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Hong Kong in a show of solidarity with the outspoken dissident amid a government crackdown. Director Magnus Renfrew said the organizers of ART HK shared the concerns of the international community over Ai’s fate, and called for …

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Graffiti artist says online outcry may have sped up release

CAIRO: The military prosecution released three artists arrested early on Thursday ahead of planned mass protests, for criticizing the ruling military council in a poster. “I don’t know why we were transferred to the military prosecution,” graffiti artist Mohamed Fahmy, who goes by Ganzeer on Twitter, told Daily News Egypt minutes after his release. He …

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NASA satellite helps find 17 Egypt pyramids: report

WASHINGTON: Archaeologists have uncovered as many as 17 buried pyramids in Egypt with the help of NASA satellite imagery, according to a documentary to be aired by the BBC on Monday. Led by US researcher Sarah Parcak at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the team has already confirmed two of the suspected pyramids through …

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On literature and the city

By Rania Khalil In its second year, the Cairo Mediterranean Literary Festival focused on the theme of “Literature and the City.” Designed as an opportunity for exchange between Egyptian writers and their counterparts from the Euro-Mediterranean countries, the festival hosted a series of events from May 21-25 at various cultural organizations throughout Cairo. “Last year, the …

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Steve Earle grapples with mortality in CD, novel

It wasn’t part of any master plan that Steve Earle released a CD and his debut novel virtually simultaneously and with the same titles, "I’ll Never Get out of This World Alive." The novel, named for the last single released by Hank Williams before his death, took eight years of work and features Williams’ ghost …

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Egyptian stories take spotlight at independent film fest

A short walk from Tahrir Square lays the quaint open-air courtyard of the Goethe Institute, the site of Cairo’s annual Independent Film Festival. The theme of this year’s festival was “New Shorts from Egypt,” a collage of scenes from the grueling lives of the average Egyptian. Now in its 11th year, the festival, which kicked …

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Buenos Aires: a graffiti artist’s paradise

A portrait of a murdered activist stares from the graffiti on the wall, a slogan makes a passerby smile, a colorful pastiche turns visitors’ heads: welcome to the city where the walls talk. "Buenos Aires has become a haven for street art, like Sao Paulo and Mexico City," said Fernando Aita, one of several young …

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Jean Dujardin: one of France’s most bankable stars

Jean Dujardin is one of the most bankable stars in French cinema, having made his name in comedy before spreading out into more serious roles. Dujardin, who turns 39 on June 11, collected best-actor honors at Cannes on Sunday for his sparking performance as a vain fallen Hollywood star, George Valentin, in Michel Hazanavicius’s silent …

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Martyr Ahmed Basiouny remembered at the Venice Biennale

F or those unfamiliar with the event, the Venice biennale is the bi-annual Oscars for the Arts. The opportunity of being chosen to represent one’s country in the biennale is a substantial milestone in any artist’s career; winning catapults the artist to a whole new level. The Egyptian pavilion at the Venice Biennale has always been …

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Six Tutankhamun era tombs open to view near Cairo

CAIRO: Minister of State Zahi Hawass on Monday opened to the public six ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to the Tutankhamun era, following their restoration. Hawass unveiled the tombs of Saqqara, south of Cairo, to the press saying they had been "meticulously" restored and that glass plates were used to protect the funerary frescoes. Two …

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Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’ wins top Cannes fest honor

American director Terrence Malick’s expansive drama "The Tree of Life" won the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, while Kirsten Dunst took the best-actress prize for the apocalyptic saga "Melancholia." The Palme d’Or prize was accepted Sunday by two "Tree of Life" producers, Dede Gardner and Bill Pohlad, for the notoriously press-shy …

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A memo from a pre-revolution Egypt

By Joseph Fahim The smothering injustices, poverty, frustration and despair that transformed the large January 25 protest into a revolution are embedded in every frame of Emad Ernest’s “Leather Chairs,” a documentary which premiered on Saturday at the Cairo Opera House’s Artistic Creativity Center. Conceived a few months before the Jan. 25 protests, Ernest’s 11th short …

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Ideas and music flow at TEDxCairo

CAIRO: TEDxCairo marked the spot on Saturday, the place to be for a vibrant display of innovative ideas from an eclectic range of speakers and performers. Based on the format of TED (technology, entertainment and design) talks – conferences that take place globally to disseminate "ideas worth spreading" – the independently organized Cairo event featured …

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Absent Iranian wins Cannes directing prize

Iranian dissident Mohammad Rasoulof won the Cannes prize for best director in the Un Certain Regard section Saturday but could not attend because of "Kafkaesque" authorities at home. Rasoulof’s wife received the prize for "Be Omid e Didar" (Goodbye) on his behalf after mounting speculation about whether the director, who is appealing a lengthy jail …

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Cheers, tears for Deneuve Cannes closer

French screen legend Catherine Deneuve Saturday drew the curtain on the 64th Cannes festival with the closing film, "Beloved," a musical melodrama co-starring her daughter that drew cheers and tears. Starring Deneuve as a self-described "loose woman" who meets her first love, a Czech living in Paris, while dabbling in prostitution in the 1960s, the …

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Gender revolution hits Arab world in ‘The Source’

In a remote village in North Africa, women use the only weapon they have — sex — and go on a "love strike" that challenges traditional gender roles. Director Radu Mihaileanu says he sees the fictional gender revolt depicted in his new movie "The Source" as crucial to the success of popular uprisings that have …

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Cairo Mediterranean Literary Festival kicks off

Since the beginning of 2011, Egypt has been shaken by a social and political tidal wave that has had a profound impact on its cultural environment. From street-side cafes to cyberspace, opportunities for dialogue are expanding; ideas are shared, torn apart and reassembled. Against this backdrop, where the collective cry for change has given people …

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Cannes honors Egypt as revolt film premieres

The blood and teargas of Arab revolts filled the screen at Cannes on Wednesday, as the controversial film "18 Days" premiered during a day honoring Egypt and its revolution. The film, consisting of 10 shorts by different directors, covers the popular revolt that began on January 25 and led up to the fall of president …

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Life in a fish tank: The sad romances of Matias Bize

By Joseph Fahim Latin American cinema came of age at the turn of the new century. Emerging filmmakers from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Peru took the art-house film world by storm over the past 11 years with watershed works such as “City of God,” “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Amores Perros,” “The Headless Woman,” “The Secret in …

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Egyptian princess was first to have heart disease

LONDON: An Egyptian princess who lived more than 3,500 years ago is the oldest known person to have had clogged arteries, dispelling the myth that heart disease is a product of modern society, a new study says. To determine how common heart disease was in ancient Egypt, scientists performed computer scans on 52 mummies in …

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Finnish bad boy skewers migrant paranoia at Cannes

Aki Kaurismaki’s surreal comedy about refugees in France premiered at Cannes on Tuesday, with the irreverent Finn sticking his fingers up at the irrational fear of foreigners sweeping Europe. "Le Havre", in competition for the Palme d’Or, is set in the French port of the same name and tells the story of African child migrant …

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Female directors in the spotlight at Cannes

It’s a good year for women at the Cannes Film Festival. But not everyone is cheering just yet. Four of the 20 films in the festival’s main competition are by female directors, a record number — and better than last year’s total of zero. It’s still a small minority, however, and in the festival’s 64 …

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Austrian director defends Kampusch-themed Cannes entry

An Austrian first-time director defended his chilling Cannes entry about the relationship between a pedophile and his prey which shocked audiences and sharply divided critics. The plot of "Michael," one of 20 contenders for the festival’s top prize, has strong parallels to the story of Natascha Kampusch, the Austrian girl kept locked in a cellar …

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2 wheels good in Cannes entry ‘Kid With a Bike’

The latest Cannes Film Festival entry from Belgium’s Dardenne brothers is the story of an abandoned boy, his unlikely savior and his beloved bicycle. "The Kid With a Bike" tells the alternately brutal and tender tale of 11-year-old Cyril, left in a children’s home by his feckless father; Samantha, a hairdresser who almost by accident …

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An atypical art venue in Hotel Kempinski

Egyptians can’t seem to get enough of the Jan. 25 Revolution. However, the approach adopted to support it can sometimes be a bit naive: many believe that to be a revolutionary, one must be radical and brash; that the call for change needs to be addressed in an uncompromisingly dictating tone. In that vein, creative …

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Much-anticipated ‘Tree of Life’ divides Cannes crowd

US director Terrence Malick’s "The Tree of Life" finally got to Cannes on Monday, where it divided festival-goers with its spectacular visuals but cerebral, religious and very American storyline. Loud boos clashed with respectful applause at the end of a morning press screening for one of the most highly-anticipated entries at the world’s biggest film …

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