Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Culture/rss.xml en Artist puts different countries in Palestine’s shoes http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2454819 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/27/43/my-name-is-gaza-1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>An online, artistic campaign named &lsquo;My Name is Gaza. Do You See Me!!&rsquo; has been launched by Palestinian graphic designer Jihad Abdul Haq in an effort to trigger the empathy of the international community towards the Palestinian crisis.&nbsp;</p><p>Through his intriguing artwork, the 26-year-old artist pushed the envelope by presenting imaginative graphics depicting several landmark cities under Israeli rocket fire. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">Haq employed art as a tool to amplify the voice of Palestinian citizens marginalised by Israeli occupation while providing a sketched portrayal of their everyday suffering.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&ldquo;The campaign aims to urge the recipient to imagine if the war has been taken place in his homeland, the little martyr has been his child, and the destructed house has been his own&hellip;so how would he feel about that?&rdquo; Haq told</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> <em>Egypt Independent</em>.</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>The artistic campaign displays a number of landmarks located in both Arab and Western countries, including statue of liberty in the US, Eiffel Tower in France, Big Ban in England, the Grand Pyramids in Egypt, Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) in Dubai, and Abraj Al-Kuwait (Kuwait Towers) in Kuwait.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;This work of art does not carry any political orientation or sabotage Intents, and we wish stability for all countries in the world but...we must stand up and support the people in Gaza in particular and Palestine in general from the door of the human conscience, in order to spread the spirit of love and peace all over the world,&quot; Haq wrote on his <a href="https://www.behance.net/jihadabdulhaq">Behance</a> account.</p><p>The campaign proved to be successful, drawing a great deal of attention from social media platforms as well as different media outlets, including Arabic, Western, and even Israeli.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Millions of Palestinian families have been suffering from lingering oppression at the hands of Israeli occuptaion of the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1948.</span></p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:05:00 +0000 Heba Helmy 2454819 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/27/43/my-name-is-gaza-1.jpg Bahaa Taher's novel to be turned into TV series http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2454767 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/27/16030/taher.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Author Bahaa Taher Wahet al-Ghorub&#39;s novel, &quot;The Sunset Oasis&quot;, which obtained the Booker Prize in 2008 will be turned into TV series to be aired during next year&#39;s Ramadan.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We have started preparing to turn the novel into a TV drama. The series will be written by Mariam Naoum and directed by Kamla Abu Zekry,&quot; said series producer Gamal al-Adl.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;No actors have been selected so far for the roles,&quot; he added.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The novel takes place in the Siwa Oasis during the 19th Century, at the start of British colonization.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Another novel by Taher was developed into a drama called &quot;Khalti Safiya wel Deir&quot;. The series starred Mamdouh Abdel Alim, Poussy, Rania Farid Shawky and Sanaa Gamil. It was directed by Ismail Abdel Hafez and written by Yosr al-Seewy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:41:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2454767 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/27/16030/taher.png Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, dies at 22 http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2454779 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/27/43/screen_shot_2015-07-27_at_1.18.14_pm.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston, died on Sunday at the age of 22, some six months after suffering irreversible brain damage in an incident at her suburban Atlanta home, her family said in a statement.</span></p><div>Brown, whose father is R&amp;B singer Bobby Brown, was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her home by her partner and a friend on January 31. She was moved by her family to hospice care on June 24.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;She is finally at peace in the arms of God,&quot; her family said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.&quot;</div><div>Her death came three years after her Grammy-winning mother, who had battled substance abuse, drowned in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel at age 48.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Authorities said cocaine abuse and heart disease contributed to Houston&#39;s February 11, 2012 death.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bobbi Kristina Brown inherited her mother&#39;s fortune.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A US$10 million (RM38.1 million) civil suit filed last month accuses Bobbi Kristina Brown&#39;s partner, Nick Gordon, of causing her life-threatening injuries and of stealing from her bank account while she was in a coma. No one has been charged in the case.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bobbi Kristina Brown was an aspiring singer who began performing with her mother as early as 1999, singing duets of &quot;My Love is Your Love&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In 2003 they recorded another duet of &quot;Little Drummer Boy&quot; for a holiday album.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Her father is a Grammy Award winner who started his career as frontman for the R&amp;B group New Edition.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Houston and Bobby Brown both struggled with substance abuse and divorced when their daughter was 14. Houston described their 15-year marriage, which ended in 2007, as drug- and alcohol-fuelled.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The couple&#39;s tempestuous relationship and often erratic behaviour was chronicled in the short-lived television series, &quot;Being Bobby Brown&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bobbi Kristina Brown was hospitalised twice with anxiety after her mother&#39;s death.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In 2012 she starred on Lifetime&#39;s reality TV show, &quot;The Houstons: On Our Own&quot;, in which Houston&#39;s family struggled to recover from the famous singer&#39;s death.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The same year Bobbi Kristina Brown guest-starred on &quot;For Better or Worse&quot;, a television series about a married couple.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:21:00 +0000 AFP,Reuters 2454779 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/27/43/screen_shot_2015-07-27_at_1.18.14_pm.png Cruise: Top Gun sequel would be fun http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2454773 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/05/28/43/screen_shot_2015-05-28_at_5.47.55_pm.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Hollywood star Tom Cruise says he would be open to reprising his 1980s role as US Navy pilot Maverick in a possible sequel to action drama &quot;Top Gun&quot;.</p><p>The 1986 blockbuster turned Cruise into a major box office draw. Last month, film producer and Skydance media company Chief Executive David Ellison was quoted in media reports as saying work on a &quot;Top Gun 2&quot; screenplay was underway.</p><p>&quot;It would be fun. I would like to get back into those jets,&quot; Cruise told Reuters at the London premiere of his latest action film &quot;Mission: Impossible &ndash; Rogue Nation&quot; on Saturday night.</p><p>&quot;It would have to be practical. I don&#39;t want any CGI jets. I want to shoot it like how we shot the first one.&quot;</p><p>Cruise, known for performing his own stunts, returns to the silver screen as agent Ethan Hunt in the fifth instalment of the &quot;Mission: Impossible&quot; action films.</p><p>The 53-year old has performed a range of stunts for the role, such as swinging off buildings and leaping off skyscrapers. In this movie, he holds onto the side of a plane as it takes off.</p><p>&quot;Mission: Impossible &ndash; Rogue Nation&quot; opens in cinemas next week.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:07:00 +0000 AFP 2454773 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/28/43/screen_shot_2015-05-28_at_5.47.55_pm.png