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 …

Editor’s Piece: Why the Sultan will not move for Kobane

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

  As the situation in Kobane unfolds, Erdogan, the most powerful man in Turkey since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, has confounded his supporters with his inactivity and blunt refusal to commit troops to the rescue of the Kurdish town. Erdogan, who has harboured ambitions for Turkey to become a regional superpower, and has lambasted the West on numerous occasions for standing …