Interviews

Dialogue with Sculptor Monkith Saaid Before His Passing

Bandar Abd al-Hamid

Monkith Saaid (1958-2008) was a distinct presence among Arab sculptors of his generation.

Monkith Saaid (1958-2008) was a distinct presence among Arab sculptors of his generation. His artistic experience combined creativity, an intensity of ideas, talent, innovation and a humanist tendency which left him completely open to the dynamics of life in this world. During his lifetime, Saaid was renowned for his spontaneous, joyful laughter. He was not at all afraid of death, yet his love of life truly astounded us.

George Tarabishi on his Book, Al Jabberi, and Theory of Rethinking Turath Studies

Ibrahim Al-Ariss

George Tarabishi is a noted Syrian author and translator of many books that enriched the Arabic language library during the past three decades. Tarabishi, who currently resides in Paris, has been the subject of much debate and discussion after his book “Nakd Nakd Al 'Akl Al Arabi, Nazariyyat Al 'Akl [Critique of the Critique of Arab Reason, Theory of Reason].” “Theory of Reason” is part of a trilogy, the remaining two parts of which are to be published in the coming years.

Helen Karam, on Childhood Inspirations, Her Artistic Quest to Preserve Beirut, and Strong Will to Survive on Her Own Terms

Rebecca Joubin

Helen Karam is a prominent Lebanese artist known for her magical canvases of colors defying all categorization and for her bold human and social statements. Having become more and more prominent in the Lebanese art scene in recent years, her works have also become recognized internationally, in London, Paris, Kuwait, to and most recently Davidson College in the U.S., (February 2010), where her artwork and presence were an integral part of a festival celebrating the experience of women in the Middle East.

Connecting the Dots: Soueif on Arabesque Festival in D.C., Translating Arab Literature, Arabs as Cultural Producers

Andrea Shalal-Esa

Writer Ahdaf Soueif was in Washington for three weeks in March to participate in an unprecedented festival of Arab arts and culture hosted by the Kennedy Center that involved 800 artists from 22 countries. Soueif worked as a consultant on “Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World,” introducing curator Alicia Adams to various artists and acting as a sounding board for ideas as the festival took shape.

Randa Chahal: ‘Always This Running Away...’ Filmmaker’s Complex Identities Spawn Thematic Dualities

Brigitte Caland

Randa is a friend. A real friend, someone who you are certain will be with you when you need her, someone who will surprise you by her attentions, her consistency, and her own way of making sure people she cares for are fine. But Randa’s priority is being a mother for the three wonderful children who surround her. Her daughter, Nour, studies art and lives in the same building; her eldest son, Pierre, studies in London; and her youngest, Ulysse, remains with her, at home, attending a middle school nearby.

A Conversation with Alaa al-Aswany on “The Yacoubian Building”

Pamela Nice

So spoke the police officer overseeing the retrieval of my debit card from an ATM machine in Cairo. We had five hours to kill before the process would be successful, so I decided to interview him in his office about his reaction to “The Yacoubian Building.” He gladly obliged me. His comment above was in response to my question about the police brutality in the film version – actually a scene where a young political protester was tortured in a prison, with Mubarak’s picture in the background. 

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So spoke the police officer overseeing the retrieval of my debit card from an ATM machine in Cairo. We had five hours to kill before the process would be successful, so I decided to interview him in his office about his reaction to “The Yacoubian Building.” He gladly obliged me. His comment above was in response to my question about the police brutality in the film version – actually a scene where a young political protester was tortured in a prison, with Mubarak’s picture in the background. “It’s the system that is corrupt. You have power according to how much money you have.

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