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Downtown: Revival or gentrification?

Downtown: Revival or gentrification?

For months, rumors of major real-estate acquisitions in Cairo's downtown district have been rife, raising fears that the city center…
Egyptian painting fetches record US$2.43 million

Egyptian painting fetches record US$2.43 million

Dubai--A work by Egyptian master Mahmud Said sold for US$2.43 million at an auction in Dubai, a record for a…
Ahdaf Soueif: Reading Arabic into the English

Ahdaf Soueif: Reading Arabic into the English

Novelist and essayist Ahdaf Soueif is commonly known as the Egyptian author who writes in English. Curiosities about being a…
The Glimpse: Don’t talk to Strangers

The Glimpse: Don’t talk to Strangers

Lamh el-Basar (The Glimpse, 2009), Youssef Hisham's first feature film was shown Tuesday at El-Gomhurriya theater as part of Egypt's…
Spring 89: Living the fantasy

Spring 89: Living the fantasy

Screened on Tuesday 27 April, part of Egypt's 16th National Film Festival in Cairo, "Rabei' 89" (Spring 89, 2009), the…
Interview with Youssef Hisham: Nobody owns the truth

Interview with Youssef Hisham: Nobody owns the truth

Youssef Hesham stands out as a promising young director with an natural talent and a tendency to raise questions rather…
At Zahrat al-Bustan

At Zahrat al-Bustan

Zahrat al-Bustan (The Garden Flower, Merit 2010), by Khaled Ismail, the most prodigious writer of his generation, shares its name…
Gar el-nabi’s scent

Gar el-nabi’s scent

Etr Qadeem (An Old Scent) is novelist Gar el-Nabi el-Helw's tenth book. Melancholic and nostalgic, this novel touches upon the…
Ibrahim El Abyad

Ibrahim El Abyad

Ibrahim El Abyad--Ahmed Sakka’s latest action/violence flick--has rendered strong but pretty uniform reactions.
My Husband is Dead: Mozambique’s widows soldier on

My Husband is Dead: Mozambique’s widows soldier on

The 16th annual National Film Festival commenced on 23 April at the Cairo Opera Opera House, showcasing the past year's…
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