A filmmaker’s mirror unravels a carefully choreographed script in a political paradigm bubble with the skill of introspection and unvarnished extropection.
Buthina Canaan Khoury, a news camerawoman and documentary filmmaker, is embarking on the first film of the first film co-production agreement between the governments of the United Kingdom and Palestine to co-produce with a British film producer her first fiction film, Green Almonds, telling the story of a family returning home to Palestine. Continue reading
Andre Gide, wrote this essay The Too General Public: Showing the Degeneration of Art from an Ancient Social Necessity to an “Art for Art’s Sake” in Vanity Fair in 1928.
“It was a dangerous thing for art to withdraw from life – a dangerous thing for both art and life. The day on which the artist no longer felt the nearness of a public, the day … ” Continue reading
Beirut. One word that can conjure up so many intense reactions. Terry Douglas, a poet and author, lived in Beirut at the opening of the Civil War that lasted for well over a decade. His poem is on a sniper’s bullet, chaos of war and life.
“Fingering the burst of lead,
Shark rough after glancing the wall,
I contemplate my fate … . Continue reading
Dr. Gary Vikan, director of the Walters Art Museum, speaking on leadership. Continue reading
When least expected, an answer comes forward that goes beyond a country’s claim, international law and suggests there is a global sense of decency when addressing cultural heritage and patrimony. Dr. Gary Vikan, during one of his last public lectures as the director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and completely not related to the topic of his lecture on his upcoming book on the Shroud of Turin, was asked, “Should the Elgin Marbles be returned?” Continue reading
When someone dedicates their life to help others, takes risks to speak the truth and asks questions to reveal the truth, this is a courageous spirit. One spirit, Natalia Estemirova, has been killed. By whom or by who it is only speculated in the news right now. Natalia, for the past ten years, has been … Continue reading
As in life nothing is black and white. In the case of the head scarf worn by Muslim women – there are so many questions. From the observer, is the head scarf to demonstrate their devoutness? Or, is it to imply they are devout? Is the head scarf a sign of ownership by men? Or, … Continue reading