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Laicite Inch’allah

The title of Nadia el Fani’s documentary Laïcité Inch’allah (previously Ni Dieu, Ni Maître!) roughly translates as ‘Secularism, god willing!’ – an ironic phrase taken from an Arab Spring graffito the director spotted in Tunisia. Filmed both before and during…

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No Longer Without You

How can I walk away when my legs are not my own? And how do I pave my path back? Because my place within the family is my right. No Longer Without You (Niet Meer Zonder Jou) is a painfully…

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Women at the front

The movement to criticise religion, particularly in the USA, has been male-dominated since the turn of the century at least. The so-called four horsemen of atheism are, naturally, all men; sexism based in pseudoscience is often tolerated. Sam Harris, for…

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Words, not weapons

Writing from the frontline Review: Our Woman On The Ground Our Woman On the Ground is an essay collection featuring 16 sahafiyat (female journalists) each writing a chapter on their experiences, spanning the Arab world. With an introductory endorsement by…

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Football and freedom

Review: Freedom Fields Naziha Arebi’s debut film ‘Freedom Fields’ is an intimate, five-year exploration of the lives of the women of Libya’s national football team. Brought up in the UK with a Libyan father, Arebi travelled to Tripoli for the…

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Maha Zimmo’s “Rose Water Syrup”

Kenza Saadi reviews Maha Zimmo’s debut poetry collection “rose-water syrup” released on June 1st. The scents of roses, of rose water, of pomegranate, of bread baking in the clay oven, and of salt in the air by the sea mix…

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Review: Hounslow Diaries

I have been following the work of actress and writer Ambreen Razia since she toured her one-woman show The Diary of a Hounslow Girl on stages across the UK. I managed to catch it at Tara Arts Theatre two years…

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Bullet hole

Over the weekend, I watched Bullet Hole by Gloria Williams, directed by Lara Genovese, for the second time. It was still just as moving the first time I watched it – this play hits the heart in terms of showing…

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A rebel in Gaza

A Rebel in Gaza is the memoir of Asmaa al-Ghoul, a courageous war reporter who was born and raised in the Rafah Refugee Camp in Gaza. In this memoir, Asmaa tells her story of living and growing up in the…

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“This courage will not be defeated”

A review of ‘3 Seconds Divorce’ Three Seconds Divorce is exactly what its name entails: a documentary about the so-called ‘Islamic’ practice, recently banned in India, whereby a husband pronounces ‘Talaq’ or ‘Divorce’ three times in a single occasion. Three…

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Terror princesses and mourning mothers

‘Women and Terrorism: A gendered study’ review What makes a woman jeopardise her life and the lives of her children through engaging in violent extremism? The most common answers claim she is weak, manipulated or brain-washed, but these are superficial,…

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Poet in a wasteland

Director Shahin Parhami’s fourth documentary Shahrzaad’s Tale focusses upon Iran’s first female director, Shahrzaad (the stage-name of Kobra Amin-Saïdi), one of the stars of the pre-revolutionary FilmFarsi genre, who was also a poet, autodidact and dancer. It provides a lyrical…

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