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Arab Cinema Lab to launch at Dubai Film Market

21 November 2016 3:09 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Event will focus on sustainable film production in the Arab world.

Cairo-based pan-Arab distributor and films promotions outfit Mad Solutions will launch a new development and production financing incubator, the Arab Cinema Lab at the upcoming Dubai Film Market in December.

Around 10 upcoming films will be showcased at the inaugural edition on December 12, including The Originals, the latest film from Egyptian director Marwan Hamed, best known for his 2006 The Yacoubian Building, and Palestinian filmmaker Rashid Masharawi’s Writing On Snow.

La-based Saudi director Aymen Khoja will also preview his upcoming soccer-themed work Shoot, produced under his Khoja Bros production banner and billed as the “first Saudi American film”.

An Egyptian James Bond-style feature — provisionally entitled Man Of The Impossible — will also be unveiled.

Mad Solutions co-founder and CEO Alaa Karkouti explained the aim of the event was to unveil productions that will be “the talk of the Arab cinema world next year”, source finance and stimulate discussion »

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Brussels Attacks: Now Is the Time for Moderates to Become Extreme (Guest Column)

24 March 2016 7:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Brussels attacks are the latest in a string of terrorist onslaughts that have left our hearts heavier. The attacks are becoming more sophisticated, more lethal, and more adept at maiming and ending lives. We think we are wholeheartedly invested in the war against terror, yet the attacks only rise in atrocity.

Today no one is immune. There is no safe haven. And a phenomenon that has once been the reserve of the Middle East is now a global nightmare. The world’s war on terror was set in motion after 9/11. Fifteen years onward, terrorist-inspired ideas born and bred in the Middle East have taken hold of the minds and hearts of the young and desperate across the world. Today jihadists of European origin are no longer far and few between.

Stripped down to its most basic form, terrorism is the manifestation of the power of diabolical ideas. The war »

- Marwan Hamed

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