Egypt Independent: Culture-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Culture/rss.xml en Documentary tackles injustice against creative Arab women http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440306 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/22/39/opera.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-3b1ad74b-d71b-20f9-7ae6-762567fdc1ab" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">A documentary called &lsquo;88&rsquo; will be screened on Sunday at the Cairo Opera House&rsquo;s Artistic Creativity center. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The film is the first on issues of creative Arab women.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Artist and writer Yasmine al-Khateeb, said on Facebook, &ldquo;The 52-minute film tackles injustice against creative Arab women who prefer to be burnt in the light rather than live in the dark.&rdquo;</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><p><br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440306 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/22/39/opera.jpg Stars gather in Taiwan for Golden Horse film awards http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440297 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/22/499612/golden_horse_film_awards.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Chinese-language cinema A-listers and stars from Japan and Hollywood gathered in Taiwan on Saturday for this year&#39;s Golden Horse Film Awards, with movies from mainland China dominating the nominations.</p><p>Touted as the Chinese-language equivalent to the Oscars, the ceremony will see Chinese star Gong Li, Hollywood actress Lily Collins and Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase among the famous names on the red carpet ahead of a glamorous ceremony in the capital Taipei.</p><p>The mainland is traditionally a strong contender at the awards, but has faced increasing competition from Taiwan and Hong Kong in recent years.</p><p>This time Chinese cop thriller &quot;Black Coal, Thin Ice&quot; leads the pack.</p><p>Directed by China&#39;s Diao Yinan it has eight nods and already took the Golden Bear award for best film in Berlin in February.</p><p>The film tells the story of a washed-up ex-cop investigating a series of grisly murders and is nominated for best film, best director, best leading actor and best leading actress.</p><p>Two other mainland movies -- &quot;A Fool&quot; and &quot;Blind Massage&quot; are also up for the coveted best film title, competing against Chinese-Hong Kong co-production &quot;The Golden Era&quot; and Taiwanese baseball drama &quot;Kano&quot;.</p><p>&quot;Blind Massage,&quot; directed by China&#39;s Lou Ye, has seven nominations for its portrayal of blind massage therapists, featuring some blind amateur actors.</p><p>&quot;Kano&quot; follows closely with six nods.</p><p>For best director, three Chinese nominees -- Diao, Wang Xiaoshuai (&quot;Red Amnesia&quot;) and Lou (&quot;Blind Massage&quot;) are vying against Myanmar-born, Taiwan-based Midi Z (&quot;Ice Poison&quot;) and Hong Kong&#39;s Ann Hui (&quot;The Golden Era).</p><p>Veteran Chinese actress Gong, the star of Hollywood movies &quot;Miami Vice&quot; and &quot;Memoirs of a Geisha&quot;, is seeking her first Golden Horse best leading actress title for her role as an amnesiac woman waiting for her husband in acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou&#39;s drama &quot;Coming Home&quot;.</p><p>Her rivals are compatriot Tang Wei (&quot;The Golden Era&quot;) and Zhao Wei (&quot;Dearest&quot;) as well as Taiwan&#39;s Gwei Lun-mei (&quot;Black Coal, Thin Ice&quot;) and Chen Shiang-chyi (&quot;Exit&quot;).</p><p>Japan&#39;s Nagase, the first non-Chinese star nominated for best leading actor, will face some of Chinese-language cinema&#39;s top talents, including China&#39;s Chen Jianbin (&quot;A Fool&quot;) and Liao Fan (&quot;Black Coal, Thin Ice,&quot;) as well as Hong Konger Sean Lau (&quot;The White Storm&quot;) and Taiwan&#39;s Chang Chen (&quot;Brotherhood of Blades&quot;).</p><p>Nearly 40 films are nominated for the 51st edition of the Golden Horse Film Awards, held in the landmark Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, with the ceremony due to start at 7:00 pm (1100 GMT).</p><p>While they are styled on the US Academy Awards, the winners are decided by a jury, along the lines of the Cannes film festival. Chinese American actress and director Joan Chen chairs the jury this year.</p> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:50:00 +0000 AFP 2440297 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/22/499612/golden_horse_film_awards.jpg Bushra prepares new album http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440225 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/20/484151/snapshot20101228185135.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Egyptian actor and singer Bushra said she misses singing and is now working on a new album.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bushra promises her fans the new album will be different, adding she now plans to focus on singing and theatrical performances, especially for children.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bushra pointed out she knows nothing about singer Amr Diab&#39;s TV series &ldquo;Al-Shohra&rdquo; (Fame).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bushra, who is a goodwill ambassador for children, plans to attend the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on 25 November at Al-Sawy Culture Wheel, along with other actors.</div> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440225 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/20/484151/snapshot20101228185135.jpg Iraqi poet facing literature burning call gains campaign backing http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440240 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/20/94/campaign_backing_iraqi_poet_saadi_youssef.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><span style="font-size: 14px;">Supporters of</span>&nbsp;Iraqi poet Saady Youssef have launched a<a href="http://www.ehamalat.com/Ar/sign_petitions.aspx?pid=664">&nbsp;campaign</a> to defend him after fellow Iraqi intellectuals called to burn his works over his alleged insults of Iraq&#39;s southern population.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The controversy, stirred by some authors by calling for burning the works of Mr. Saady Youssef, is an attempt to suppress opposing opinions under the pretext of defending Iraq and its political regime, serves, either intentionally or unintentionally, a despotic, backwards and violent mentality,&rdquo; said the statement by the campaign posted on ehamalat.com.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Signatories to the petition, currently approaching 500, include researchers, authors, activists journalists as well as other professions. They declared solidarity with Youssef and their support for free speech in Iraq and Kurdistan.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A number of Iraqi intellectuals had reportedly called for burning Youssef&rsquo;s works at a street in downtown Baghdad after one of his recent poems suggested a lack of the sense of Arabism in the country&rsquo;s south.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;What does it mean to let the country be controlled by Kurds or Persians&hellip;.What does it mean to summon armies from the farthest spots in the planet to kill Iraqi Arabs?... What does it mean to ban Arabic language in the emirate of Kurdistan.., We, are, therefore in a foreigners&rsquo; Iraq,&rdquo; read a section of his controversial poem.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On Wednesday, London-based periodic Banipal, which focuses on translations of Arabic literature, celebrated Youssef&rsquo;s poetry works on his 80th birthday, saying it was proud to put his portray on the cover of its 51th edition.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Born in 1934 and exiled twice from Iraq before settling in the UK, Youssef, one of the most productive Arab poets, has more than 40 poetry collections in his literary stock. Selections of his poems had been distributed at several Arab countries.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:58:00 +0000 Mohamed Mostafa 2440240 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/20/94/campaign_backing_iraqi_poet_saadi_youssef.jpg