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Podcast featuring discussions and interviews about the cultural happenings in the United Arab Emirates presented by Hind Mezaina (The Culturist) and Wael Hattar.

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Saturday
Feb272010

Alice in Wonderland made in 1903


Watch this recovered footage of Alice in Wonderland that was made in 1903.

From BFI National Archive:

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations.

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Saturday
Feb272010

The Sandpit by Sam O'Hare

I'm used to hearing people referring to Dubai as a sandpit, so I was surprised to see this video about New York by Sam O'Hare called The Sandpit.

It is a lovely tilt shift video of a day in the life of New York and I am also loving the music, made specifically for this video by Human

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Friday
Feb262010

Johnny Cash would be 78 today

If Johnny Cash was alive today, he'd be celebrating his 78th birthday. Flavorwire compiled a great list of 78 things you didn't know about Johnny Cash. Here are my favourite 5 from that list:

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Friday
Feb262010

Everybody Wants To Be In Love by Sweet Tooth

This is a great song and video by Sweet Tooth. The illustrations in this video by Aaron Bevan-Bailey should be printed and hung on walls.

Sweet Tooth are a London-based duo consisting of chanteuse Fleurtini and producer Gavin Hammond.

 I have not heard of them before, so when I looked them up, I found this quote from Big Cheese magazine on their site, which really captures who they are and what they do:

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Thursday
Feb252010

Poeticians on 2nd March at Shelter

Photo by Hind Mezaina

The Poeticians is a group of writers, readers, listeners and word warriors that have come together to share their work, thoughts, ambitions and fears with small intimate audiences in Beirut, Amman and Dubai. The poets come from all walks of life and read in English, Arabic and French. The group is an elastic entity, with no rules, no boundaries, no censorship, no membership system or structure.

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Thursday
Feb252010

In the Blink of an Eye - Photography Exhibition


In the Blink of an Eye is an exhibition showcasing the work of 6 internationally renowned photographers that will be in Dubai next week to host workshops and lectures organised by Gulf Photo Plus.

The photographers include David Nightingale, Steve Simon, Robin Nichols, Zach Arias, Joey Lawrence and Melissa Rodwell. Each

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Thursday
Feb252010

Grantourismo - 12 months, 24 destinations, countless experiences

Warning: If you love traveling, this post might cause some envy.

Lara Dunston and Terence Carter are a couple I’ve been following for over a year through their blogs and Twitter updates. Laura describes herself as a perpetual globetrotter and travel writer and Terence describes himself as a travel and editorial photographer. They’ve been traveling extensively, with Dubai being their base, for the past few years.

Dubai Creek (photo from Grantourismotravels.com)

Towards the end of 2009 they announced they'd embark on a new travel adventure in 2010 called Grantourismo. Partnering with HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, they will trade hotel rooms for holiday homes and travel slowly, live like locals, do and learn new things and give something back at each destination they visit. They plan to visit 24 destinations in 12 months aiming to explore more enriching and authentic ways of travelling, and make travel more meaningful and more memorable.

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Thursday
Feb252010

Review: Miroir Noir at Mahmovies

Film still from Miroir Noir

Miroir Noir, a music documentary about Arcade Fire was screened at the closing night of Mahmovies winter season on 17th Feb. It is a beautiful film, on so many levels.

It follows the band during rehearsals, concerts and many random moments in various locations. It doesn’t contain any actual dialogue between the band members and the viewer, so there’s nothing like the band explaining what they do, what this song means, etc. You are thrown straight into the band’s music and their interaction amongst themselves – which is the real dialogue they are having with us, the viewer.

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Wednesday
Feb242010

My workplace is wonderful and I want to share it

A short film competition called "My workplace is wonderful and I want to share it" launched by UK based job site reed.co.uk has very touching entries. Here are my 3 favourite clips.

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Sunday
Feb212010

Les Dangereux

Les Dangereux from RedForty on Vimeo.

 

This is a great animated short movie by Daniel Klug.


www.lesdangereux.com
www.danieltheanimator.com