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Films shortlisted for foreign-language Oscar

Nine films have made it into the final list vying for an Academy Award nomination in the foreign language category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlist on Thursday, with films from Lebanon, Chile, Hungary, Senegal, Sweden, South Africa, Russia, Germany, and Israel. The nine films were chosen from a longer …

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Lemon Tree: camera as tool to deconstruct borders in Arab-Israeli conflict

Lemon Tree brings the camera to the borders. The film takes place at the separation line, or the “Green Line”, that separates the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank from Israel. Unlike the checkpoints, the borders are not owned by any side. However, the ones who control the regulations on whom and what should …

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Parliament approves Labour Syndicates Law

Parliament has approved on Tuesday the government-drafted Labour Syndicates Law, after months of heated debates about its articles, which was seen as an attempt to control syndicalist work and absorb it into the framework of the state. The executive regulations of the law are still to be issued. Ninety days after its issuance, elections will …

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‘Western’: a feminine critique of the male ego 

Opening the sidebar program of the Cannes Film Festival, “Un Certain Regard”, Valeska Grisebach’s film “Western” investigates ideas of ownership, xenophobia, and masculinity, in a way that reflects some modern tensions between eastern and western Europe. After disappearing for ten years, director Valeska Grisebach returned in the 2017 edition of the Canne Film Festival, after …

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‘You Were Never Really Here’: a tale of humanising a hitman

“You Were Never Really Here” premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on the last day of the main competition. Critics and film professionals were shocked, or at least did not expect such roughness from Lynne Ramsay, who unlike many other directors, has tensed up the performance and the edge of her films, following a …

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Future of Nation adopts campaign for Al-Sisi to rerun for presidency

The political party Future of Nation have officially adopted a campaign supporting the rerunning of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi for another presidential term. The campaign named Alshan Tebneha (For you to build it), has announced that it already has headquarters in 13 governorates. The campaign has a petition to be signed by potential member or …

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High State Security prosecution to investigate rainbow flag case 

The High State Security prosecution is to investigate debauchery charges against seven people arrested on Monday for raising a rainbow flag during a concert in Cairo. Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadeq ordered the investigations “into the party recently held by a group of gay people,” state news agency MENA reported. During Friday’s concert by Lebanese band Mashrou’ …

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Haniyeh in Cairo for Gaza blockade, relations with Fatah talks

Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Islamist Hamas movement, has arrived on Saturday in Cairo in his first official visit since his election with the agenda of discussing easing the blockade on the Gaza Strip, according to a spokesperson of the movement. A statement on the movement’s website said that Haniyeh is accompanied with a delegation …

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Egypt calls on DPR Korea to cease nuclear violations 

Egypt renewed on Monday its calls for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to cease “violations of  [UN Security] Council resolutions and refrain from any further provocations”, referring to the latest hydrogen bomb test. During an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the North Korean test, Egypt’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta …

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