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Mahsa: Cantata for a forbidden voice in four movements

19 December 2016

  In a country where public performances by women are forbidden, the internationally acclaimed Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat struggles to make her voice heard. She is an optimist, and remains hopeful that one day things will change. Directed by Kiarash AnvariLanguage: English and Persian. English subtitles. 16 minutes Iran. 2013 …

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I Love Hip Hop in Morocco

19 December 2016

  Documentary about a group of hip hop artists sharing a dream: To organise a professional concert. Unfortunately resistance is strong in their society and resources scare. With the help of an American filmmaker, they raised funding and created the first Hip Hop festival in Morocco. Co-Directed by Jennifer Needleman …

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Back Vocal (Seday-e Dovom)

19 December 2016

    Back Vocal  (Seday-e Dovom) About women singers in Tehran who defy Iran’s law forbidding women to perform solo Directed by Iranian film director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb Language: Persian. English subtitles. 40 minutes Iran. 2004 Read more…  

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At the end of a perfect day

19 December 2016

    At the end of a perfect day   About the punk band Quartet in Iran. Young film maker Mina Keshavarz tailed the band for a whole year. The film shows how the band gets into trouble with the Iranian law enforcers Directed by Mina Keshavarz and Kamran Heidari Farsi spoken, …

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Afghan Star

19 December 2016

Afghan Star   A Channel 4 Documentary Foundation production in association with Tolo TV Directed by Havana Marking With the singers Setara Hussainzada, Rafi Nabaazda, Hameed Sahkizada, Lima Sahar, Daoud Sediqi In English, Dari and Pashtun with English subtitles. Running time: 88 minutes Distributor: Zeitgeist Films Film website: Afghanstardocumentary.com Afghanistan. 2008 …

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Artsfreedom newsletter: Turkey – The Freemuse Files

15 December 2016

News and knowledge about artistic freedom of expression   View this email in your browser Turkey – The Freemuse Files on Censorship of the Arts As President Tayyip Erdogan continues to tighten his grip on power and thousands of academics, activists, journalists, judges and teachers have been arrested or lost …

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Turkey: The Freemuse Files on Censorship of the Arts

14 December 2016

For almost 20 years, Freemuse has documented violations on freedom of musical expressions and since 2012 also violations on other art forms in Turkey. ‘Turkey – The Freemuse Files’ is the first in a series of Freemuse compilations. The idea is to provide our readers, network partners and policy makers …

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Kuwait: Censorship hits book fair

9 December 2016

Book fairs across the Arab-speaking regions in the Middle East and North Africa have not only grown in popularity, but have also been places were publishers can sell books that are not allowed to be sold in stores. However, the Kuwait International Book Fair, once a free space for books, …

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Egypt: Two libraries shut down, one threatened with closure

8 December 2016

On 1 December 2016, authorities shut down two al-Karama public library branches in Tora and Dar al-Salam. The libraries were founded by Gamal Eid, human rights lawyer and head of Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), without any warning or official reason, simply stating they had “received orders” to …

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