In Defence of the Arts for Muslims

Arts & Culture: We speak with Shaheryar Ali in Pakistan about the state of the arts in Pakistan in the face of increasing fear of Taliban rule and influence. Then we meet Uzma Mirza in the USA who speaks about her spiritual art, and throws us an interesting perspective – Is the Taliban like the Ku Klux Klan? Read Shaheryar’s blog and visit Uzma’s spiritual art.

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New Muslim Cool and Echoes of the Lost Boys of Sudan

Arts & Culture show: Emmy Abdul Alim talks to producer/director of documentary “New Muslim Cool“, Jennifer Maytorena Taylor. “New Muslim Cool” follows the life of Puerta Rican American Muslim rapper Hamza Perez. Also find out more about the graphic novel “Echoes of the Lost Boys of Sudan” with illustrator and artist Niki Singleton. As usual, we give you a brief listing of what’s going on in the world of arts and culture.

Follow-up: Take To The Sea – Egyptian Irregular Economic Migration to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea

On 13th April we talked to Lina Attalah about her “Take To The Sea” project. Remember to check out the documentary on 22nd April at the old AUC campus at 7pm. You can find more details about the project here.

Follow-up: 5th al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival

On 13th April 2009 we heard from our correspondent in Doha, Fatima Asmal, before the opening of the film festival. Now that the festival has ended, read about the winners, and watch a trailer of one of them, “New Muslim Cool”:

Fatima Asmal’s article on the festival, and official website and trailer for “New Muslim Cool“.