The Most Fought Over Piece of Land On Earth

IMG_5441-18je1nc Video-2dfedkb I have visited the Dome of the Rock many times before. My first time was in 1999. I was a happy five year old and had no idea about the significance of where I was. The first time…

"The White Helmets" -- Inspiration from the Rubble

“The White Helmets” is a 2016 film that follows the lives of men who are first responders in Syria. The film opens with the sounds of war planes, bombs, sirens and screaming. The viewer quickly sees men running on screen,…

As it is, as it was: The Battle of Algiers

As it is, as it was: The Battle of Algiers By: Jasmine Toorchen Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers demonstrates mastery of show-not-tell while it recreates events from the Algerian War against the French government. The movie’s genre is consistent…

The Square : United in the Fight for the Downfall of the Regime

“The Square” is a Netflix documentary by Jehane Noujaim set in Cairo, Egypt. The title refers to Tahrir Square, a major public plaza where uprisings during the Egyptian Revolution took place. The documentary features a two-year account of the lives…

Layla M: Yet another innocent claimed, and to be claimed, by ISIS

Layla M is a captivating film that leaves the audience sympathetic to the life of a girl whose world has been severely manipulated by those who claim to act in the name of God. Although slightly one-sided in its portrayal…

Musa Hijazeen Pushes Boundaries in Anti-Government Theater Performance, Al’an Fahimtkom

Musa Hijazeen, one of Jordan’s most controversial comedians, walks on eggshells with his theater performance Al’an Fahimtkum, which translates to, Now I Understand, a performance that exposes the failures of the current crumbling Jordanian Government, in which he features in….

You Can Keep Tickling Giants but the Giant Isn’t Laughing

If you are a dictator please stop reading this review now to prevent being tickled (or prodded). There will be tears. Whether those tears are from witnessing the political turbulence in Egypt starting with the Egyptian revolution in 2011, or…

Review of Lavash and Laughter - Humor in the Arab World

Last week I attended Professor Sellman’s event on humor, Lavash and Laughter. For a brief summary, the event went very well. Our wonderful classmate, Adam, brought food from Lavash Café including hummus, shawarma (lamb and chicken), falafel, gyro making material,…

The Square: A Journey of Hope and Despair

The Square, an award winning 2013 Documentary masterpiece, by director Jehane Noujaim, takes audiences right into the heart of the Egyptian Revolution. In her film, Noujaim follows the events of the Egyptian Revolution over the course of three turbulent years,…

Gad Elmaleh's "American Dream"

Gad Elmaleh’s Netflix special, “American Dream”, is his first English spoken comedy special. Being from a Morocco and growing up in France, Elmaleh utilizes his comedy show to explain his comedic life starting over after arriving in America, after being…