Each Conflicting Part Of You Is Magic In Jess Rizkallah’s The Magic My Body Becomes

Each Conflicting Part Of You Is Magic In Jess Rizkallah’s The Magic My Body Becomes

In Jess Rizkallah’s 2017 debut poetry collection and winner of the 2017 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize, The Magic My Body Becomes, Rizkallah often treats her own body as an artifact of her heritage, something that has been passed down to her through the…

Jerusalem: Dividing al-Aqsa, A Review

Jerusalem: Dividing al-Aqsa, A Review

For my review, I looked at Al Jazeera World’s short documentary titled, Jerusalem: Dividing al-Aqsa. The documentary examines and shows us the importance of al-Aqsa to both the Muslims and the Jews. It starts off with a clip from a conference between…

Barakah Meets Barakah: A Poignant Commentary on Romance in Saudi Arabia

Barakah Meets Barakah: A Poignant Commentary on Romance in Saudi Arabia

Barakah Meets Baraka is a 2016 Saudi Arabian film directed and written by Mahmoud Sabbagh. It follows the life of Barakah, a middle-class civil servant who travels across Riyadh issuing tickets for minor offenses. He stumbles across a photoshoot of Bibi, an Instagram star…

Welad Rizk

Welad Rizk

Will Welad al Rizk brothers ever going to recover and revenge from the drug deal betrayal? Welad Rizk is an interesting movie that was based on a true story and it is very similar to American movies that relates to drugs and…

The Insult and What it Says About the Fragility of Lebanese Society

The Insult and What it Says About the Fragility of Lebanese Society

The 2017 Lebanese film The Insult, directed by Lebanese cinematographer Ziad Doueiri, is  a study in the cultural and societal fractions within Lebanon, a country which in many ways still reels from the fifteen-year Lebanese Civil War. The film explores a conflict…

Sand Storm (2016): A Story of Bedouin Women

Sand Storm (2016): A Story of Bedouin Women

The film Sand Storm, directed by Elite Zexer, tells the story of a Bedouin family in Israel, focusing on the mother-daughter relationship between Layla, played by Lamis Ammar, and her mother Jalila, played by Ruba Blal. The movie opens with Layla’s father,…

A little girl who challenges herself in order to achieve her goal

A little girl who challenges herself in order to achieve her goal

This film took place in Saudi Arabia in 2012. As it was the first film that was feature in Saudi Arabia, by Haifaa Al-Mansour, who was also the first female director in this region. This film shows us myriad about the lives…

The Man Who Sold his Dignity for Money: Bab al-Hara Season 5 (2010)

The Man Who Sold his Dignity for Money: Bab al-Hara Season 5 (2010)

Bab al-Hara is a famous Syrian made drama series that depicts Arab life under colonial powers in the 1930s and 1940s. At this time in history, gated communities like the one in this show fostered very close relationships amongst those who lived…

Those Who Stand Together Thrive Together: Bab Al-Hara (2006)

Those Who Stand Together Thrive Together: Bab Al-Hara (2006)

Bab Al-Hara is an authentic Syrian show which had nine seasons and was released every Ramadan. This show did a great job displaying Arabic culture and how Arabs were back in the early 20th century. The show takes you into the daily…

Revolutionizing Music: The Legacy of Umm Kulthum

Revolutionizing Music: The Legacy of Umm Kulthum

Umm Kulthum is one of the greatest Arab musicians known in the Arab world. She baffled everybody with her majestic voice and talents. Her vocals got into millions of people’s hearts and blew nations away with her outstanding performances. Umm Kulthum Born…