Film Review: Mr Turner

Soumaya Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Mike Leigh’s latest work, Mr Turner, is the first feature film to portray the life of the famous 19th Century British artist Joseph Mallord William Turner. The opening scene provides the audience with the first taste of the contrasts that are a thematic feature that director Mike Leigh weaves through the storyline. We set our eyes on a hot summer’s …

Tunisian elections and the story of Mahabba

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Around the world, people are celebrating the long awaited success of the Arab Spring reflected in the successful elections taking place in Tunisia. As Libya and Syria continue to be mired in civil war and Egypt suffers from the military coup that ended any hope for a democratic process in the country, Tunisia now symbolises a successful transition from a …

London Film Festival Review: Timbuktu

Pritam Anada Middle East/North Africa

  This review may contain spoilers. Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu follows his 2006 cinematic offering ‘Bamako’, and surely sets him as one of the most important directors in African cinema. The film begins in the desert following a rag-tag group of soldiers huddled onto the back of a pick-up truck in their attempts to shoot down a gazelle. This scene is immediately …

Editor’s Piece: Iran at Saudi Arabia’s doors

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

On Friday, Sadr al-Din al Qabanji in Najaf criticised the Saudi verdict to execute the Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, one of the most influential figures amongst the minority Shia population to the east of the Kingdom. Following the verdict, Iran and its proxies – Houthi in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon – issued a series of threats prompting concerns of …

London Film Festival Review: The Imitation Game

Rekesh Vekariya Middle East/North Africa

The Imitation Game, the latest film from director Morten Tyldum who gave us Headhunters (2011) attempts to shed light into the mathematician Alan Turing’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life. It is a life with extraordinary highs and extremely dark lows (unfortunately most of the high points were kept a secret in true government fashion). The movie primarily focuses on the high points …