Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What's the State of the Arts in the Arab World?

What's the state of artistic expression in the Arab world? On the next Your Call, we'll have a conversation with three filmmakers at this year's Arab Film Festival. What are the boundaries of free expression in the Arab world and how do they differ from one country to the next? What can we learn about the Middle East through cinematic narratives? Join us live at 11 or email us at feedback@yourcallradio.org. What impacts have political and economic change had on what artists can put into the public realm? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Michel Shehadeh, executive director of the Arab Film Festival

Ibrahim El-Batout, an Egyptian filmmaker based in Cairo and director of Ein Shams (or Eye of the Sun)

Kalthoum Bornaz, Tunisian filmmaker and director of The Other Half of the Sky

Najwa Najjar, Palestinian filmmaker and director of Pomegranates and Myrrh

Click to Listen: What's the State of the Arts in the Arab World?