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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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Sunday
Feb142010

Inta Omri - You Are My Life

Inta Omri LP cover

Sounds of Arabia is a year long program of performance focusing on Arabic music organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and held at the Emirates Palace Auditorium. This monthly event showcases an elite selection of classical and contemporary Arab performers and their event this month will be dedicated to Um Kalthoum with Amal Maher and the Um Kalthoum Orchestra for Arabic Music playing tribute to her songs and music.

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Saturday
Feb132010

For the Love of Film - The Film Preservation Blogathon 14th-21st Feb

I am taking part in a blogathon called For the Love of Film hosted by Self-Styled Siren and Ferdy on Film. The aim of this blogathon is to raise funds for the National Film Preservation Foundation - and independent, nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America’s film heritage. They work directly with archives to rescue endangered films that will not survive without public support.

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Friday
Feb122010

Legion of Extraordinary Dancers

I don't just love watching kids dance, I actually love dancing and love watching brilliant dancers even more. So here's a post about the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD) - an elite group of dancers that will launch a new online dance series sometime this year, bringing us the "most innovative, entertaining performances that tell great stories".

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Thursday
Feb112010

Dancing Superheroes

I love watching kids dance, especially when they are in superhero costumes. Watch these two kids  breakdancing whilst their father was testing his new video camera.

 

Now they are even more famous, they appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. If I ever have kids, I want them to dance like this, and in superhero costumes of course.

Wednesday
Feb102010

Gulf Film Festival 2010 - Student Competition


The Gulf Film Festival is an annual event that aims to celebrate cinema from this region. The third edition of this festival is scheduled to happen from 8th-14th April. It's a great opportunity to watch movies from the Gulf region, which is growing slowly year by year. The festival does include a selection of international film as well.

There is also a competition open to students of all nationalities during their academic study or as part of a college project.

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Tuesday
Feb092010

Digital Analogue


I found this video by ftjelly and its oxymoron title amused me. So I decided to take a look, I like it.

I love anything analogue, especially photography. I still shoot with film and the day film becomes extinct will be a very sad day for me.

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Tuesday
Feb092010

City of Life

City of Life premiered last December at the Dubai International Film Festival 2009. I intentionally skipped this movie in December because I normally focus on watching movies I know that will have no chance in hell getting a wide release here and instead of counting on watching them on DVD later (since I cherish my cinema theatre experience), I make sure I watch as many as I can at the festival.

So with that in mind and with City of Life being a Dubai movie, I assumed it would be released across cinemas here shortly after the festival.

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Tuesday
Feb092010

Mahmovies! at thejamjar: Sita Sings the Blues and Camp Ka Champ

The third week of Mahmovies! Music for the Eyes will be very special. A delightful animated musical and a live performance by an unknown but talented group of competition winners from a singing competition called Western Union Camp Ka Champ (Champ of the Camp) held at the various Dubai labour camps. You must not miss this one, it will break down a lot of barriers.

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Tuesday
Feb092010

Review: Let's Get Lost and People Playing Music

Back from another great music and movie night. This evening's Mahmovies! night started with a 10 minute teaser trailer of Mahmoud Kaabour's (the man behind Mahmovies!) latest documentary feature Teta Alf Marra (Grandma 1000 times) accompanied by Kaabour's spoken words and live music. The documentary is about Kaabour's Grandmother in Beirut and it looks like it's a very endearing and touching film. Can't wait to see it when it is released.

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Sunday
Feb072010

Die Antwoord

I am intrigued by this band from Cape Town. I've been listening to their music for the past few days and reading what I can about them.

I am not very familiar with Cape Town street/gang culture, so I'm not entirely sure if the members of Die Antwoord are a bunch of ghetto freaks or ghetto freaks wannabes.

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