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Film, "Wadjda": When Wanting a Bicycle Brings Shame to the Family

"Wadjda": When Wanting a Bicycle Brings Shame to the Family

Wadjda The first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and made by a female Saudi filmmaker, Wadjda has a neat, sly way of folding complex pissed-off politics into crowd-pleasing narrative simplicity. In suburban Riyadh, a sweet and mildly willful…
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Culture, Books "A Hologram for the King": Dave Eggers Shows His Kind Heart

"A Hologram for the King": Dave Eggers Shows His Kind Heart

Perhaps what's most remarkable about Dave Eggers' big-spiritedness is that the same humane, world-minded impulses that animate his work with 826 Valencia et al. also have become the hallmark of his fiction and reportage. Who could have guessed that, after…
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Film, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

Morgan Spurlock, the daredevil documentarian who lived on Big Macs for a month and turned this exercise in "body art" into the 2004 hit Super Size Me, returns — this time expanding his horizons rather than his girth. Paraphrasing the…
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Just Leave the Guy Alone You damned art vultures! Regarding "Osama bin Laden dislikes kelloggs frosted mini wheats" : I dislike phony art fuck Michael McGinnis. I dislike phony art fuck Jack Fischer. I dislike phony art fuck Bonnie…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Woman's Touch

A Woman's Touch

A women's film festival is no longer a radical concept, at least not outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- or Hollywood. Female filmmakers have likewise evolved, based on the stellar slate highlighted at the sixth MadCat Women's International Film Festival, where…
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Dining, Eat Dinner at  the Oasis

Dinner at the Oasis

When you squeeze 1 1/2 million square miles and a comparable assortment of cultures and attitudes into a tidy little label like "the Middle East," you're taking on one heck of a lot of shish kebab. The American Heritage College…
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