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New film revives memories of Mandela's rugby moment

When South Africa won the 1995 rugby World Cup just after apartheid, the new president Nelson Mandela donned a jersey and won over a skeptical white population in a symbol of unity for the young democracy. South Africa will relive that iconic moment this week as the new Clint Eastwood film Invictus premieres in Johannesburg …

AFP

New online venue for Arab short films opens

Starting Dec. 9, a whole new venue for Arab independent short films will open up. Unlike the generic platform of YouTube, Arabshorts.net – hosted by Goethe Institute in Cairo – is a website dedicated specifically to films from the region. The launch will feature films picked by nine curators from nine regions in the Arab …

Chitra Kalyani

Hawass demands Britain returns Rosetta Stone

LONDON: A top Egyptian official pressed Britain Wednesday to return an ancient stone tablet seen as an icon of his country and denied his countrymen were pirates of the Caribbean seeking to steal it back. Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said he had changed his mind after requesting a temporary loan …

Daily News Egypt Authors

When East meets West through music

At a time when Switzerland’s ban on constructing minarets is making headlines, the musicians of the Rumi Ensemble are showing that cultures can converge into something beautiful. On Thursday, Oct. 8, a decommissioned hydroelectric plant on the Swiss banks of the Rhone, now converted into a cultural complex, hosted 12 Iranian and Scandinavian performers. They …

Daily News Egypt

Fassbinder muse Schygulla to claim Berlin film fest prize

German screen legend Hanna Schygulla will pick up an honorary Golden Bear prize for lifetime achievement at the 60th Berlin Film Festival, organizers said. The Berlinale, which ranks among the top three European film festivals, said Schygulla, 65, had made an indelible mark on German cinema in the 20 films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in …

AFP

British artist Richard Wright wins Turner Prize

British artist Richard Wright was named this week the winner of this year’s Turner Prize, one of the world’s most controversial art awards, for his enormous gold-leaf fresco. Wright beat hot favorite Roger Hiorns to win the ÂŁ25,000 ($41,000) prize, contemporary art’s most prestigious award, at a ceremony at the Tate Britain gallery in London. …

AFP

A spiritual meeting of religion and culture

Under the bright light of a perfect full moon, Cairo Opera House hosted an evening of Egyptian spiritual music last week, bringing together Sufi chanting and Coptic hymns, in addition to Egyptian and German music compositions. This unique performance was the brainchild of Egyptian composer Basem Darwisch, the ambassador of Egyptian music in Germany. Darwisch …

Daily News Egypt

Despite debt, it's show business as usual at Dubai film gala

DUBAI: Despite an alarming debt crisis, Dubai is rolling out the red carpet with its usual splendor for movie stars as the Gulf state s sixth annual film festival kicks off on Wednesday. Matt Dillon, Christopher Lambert, Mandy Moore, Christina Ricci and Omar Sharif will lead the parade of Hollywood actors at the opening of …

AFP

Antiquities chief prepares to host international meeting to return relics

CAIRO: Egypt wants to host a conference for countries demanding the return of ancient relics from foreign museums, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told AFP on Sunday. Hawass, who has demanded the return of six priceless ancient Egyptian relics, said he had not yet set a date for the conference. We are preparing for this conference …

AFP

Obama salutes jazz great Brubeck at Kennedy Center

Nearly 40 years ago, a Kenyan father was visiting his son in Hawaii and took him to his first jazz concert. The boy was Barack Obama and the performer was jazz great Dave Brubeck. I ve been a jazz fan ever since, the president said Sunday, crediting the pianist and composer with bringing jazz into …

AP

AntĂșnez Roca presents the ugly art

Art does not have to be pretty, at least not according to Marcel-LĂ­ AntĂșnez Roca. The visiting artist from Spain formulates art in a curious mix of animal, man and machine. On Sunday evening, Townhouse Gallery’s Factory Space hosted an autobiographical lecture by Roca entitled “Sistematurgy. Coined by the artist, the term is a fusion …

Chitra Kalyani

Polanski's house arrest is a splendid captivity

Roman Polanski s life took a dramatic turn for the better Friday as he traded a Swiss jail for house arrest surrounded by family in his luxury Alpine chalet. It s not clear how long this splendid captivity will last – the threat of extradition to the United States and a possible prison term there …

AP

Rana Chalabi's not so wild horses

Currently showing at Lot17 in Zamalek is a new exhibit titled “Khayal wa khuyool (Fantasy and Horses) by Rana Chalabi. An exceptionally small exhibition space, Lot 17 always manages to offer a considerably large amount of pieces on its limited wall space only just barely without suffocating or cramming up the space. Rana Chalabi is …

Mariam Hamdy

NBR names Up in the Air' best film of the year

Up in the Air was named best picture from the National Board of Review and won a total of four awards. Directed by Jason Reitman ( Juno, Thank You for Smoking ), the film stars George Clooney as a perpetually traveling contractor who fires people for a living. The National Board of Review, which announced …

AP

THE REEL ESTATE: On the time that passed and the time that remains

On one Saturday morning earlier last month, I made my way through a large packed dark theater in search for an unoccupied seat. An elderly genial gentleman tapped my back and pointed to an empty seat beside him. “Don’t worry, you didn’t miss much, he told me. We exchanged a few quick words as I …

Joseph Fahim

Sundance festival shines light on Bhutto, Afghanistan

Films about the war in Afghanistan and slain former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto were named in the line-up for next year s Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday. The world s premiere festival for independent films, the Jan. 21-31 festival in Park City, Utah, will once again see a diverse field of competitors in the …

Agencies

Beyoncé tops Grammy nominations with 10 nods

BeyoncĂ© topped the list of nominees for the 52nd Grammy Awards Wednesday, leading the way with 10 nods ahead of teenage country star Taylor Swift with eight. R&B superstar BeyoncĂ© scooped nominations in the coveted record of the year and album of the year categories, for her single “Halo and her chart-topping double-album “I Am …

AFP

New 'toon continues Disney trend toward diversity

For most of the last century, the Disney toon heroine was as white as, well… Snow White, the studio s first feature-film superstar, who marked her debut in 1937 s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It would take some 60 years for the Disney artists to begin painting their leading ladies with all the …

AP

The taste of 'Pomegranates and Myrrh'

It starts with a wedding, and ends with a dance. In between those ends lies a drastically different picture from what both Arab and International audiences expect of Palestine. Ramallah as portrayed by Palestinian director Najwa Najjar in her splendidly heartfelt debut feature film “Al-Mor wa Al-Rumman (Pomegranates and Myrrh) is a vibrant place full …

Joseph Fahim

Guns, wars and chadors: the art of Ghada Amer

Considered the most important art show in the United States, this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach will feature a panel discussion presented by Canvas, a magazine dedicated to art and culture in the Middle East. The third, and final, installment in their series “Gender, Wars and Chadors, the panel will feature world-renowned artists Akram Zaatari …

Annelle Sheline

Pop king Michael Jackson ruled Internet in 2009

The late King of Pop Michael Jackson ruled the Internet this year, with his name crowned the most popular search term at Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Jackson dethroned pop princess Britney Spears, a controversy plagued music star that had reigned supreme in annual Top 10 search results at Yahoo! for the previous four years, the …

AFP

Precious,' Last Station' lead Spirit Award noms

The urban drama Precious and the Leo Tolstoy period piece The Last Station each earned a leading five nominations Tuesday for the Spirit Awards honoring independent film. The two acclaimed movies will compete for best feature film with the romance 500 Days of Summer and the immigrant dramas Amreeka and Sin Nombre. Precious: Based on …

AP

Apocalypse Cow: Can vegan celebs save the planet?

On Ecorazzi.com, self-proclaimed provider of green gossip, Paul McCartney and other green celebs offer meat-free Christmas recipes while Cate Blanchett muses on the Copenhagen climate summit. Ever since Al Gore s 2006 Oscar-winning movie An Inconvenient Truth put climate warming at the center of pop-culture, celebs have scrambled aboard the green campaign by the score. …

Daily News Egypt

Studio 14 opens with sky-high ambitions

Zamalek has always been an art hub. Between lauded showrooms in Zamalek Art Gallery and Safar Khan, and younger spaces such as Hanfaninha and Lot 17, art connoisseurs are no longer concerned with where to find art – although where to find good art remains quite an ordeal. Studio 14 joined the new sprawl of …

Heba El-Sherif

Uganda memory books tell of mothers' love, stark AIDS truths

Unable to face explaining to her younger daughter Winnie Namagga, that, after losing her husband and eldest child to AIDS, she herself had tested positive for the disease, Harriet Balakyabwe decided to say it in writing. I was fearing to talk about it, Harriet Balakyabwe, Winnie’s mother, told AFP. When her father and sister died …

AFP

British reality TV star's album shoots straight to number one

Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle has made chart history after her debut album shot straight to number one in Britain, music officials said Sunday. Boyle, who became a worldwide star after appearing on British reality television, has sold more than 410,000 copies of “I Dreamed a Dream – the biggest first week sales for a …

AFP

In recession, 'Up in the Air' touches down on time

“Up in the Air has undergone the rarest of flights: It was delayed for a long time and its course was altered, yet it has arrived right on time. Up in the Air might be the timeliest movie of the year. Hard times and the frightening prospect of unemployment are at the center of the …

AP