The Beirut Institute Summit brought together four Arab artists together to discuss the state of Arab cinema. (Karl Jeffs/Beirut Institute Summit)
His comments came as he shared a panel discussion on Arab cinema with his wife Jehane Noujaim, whose first collaboration together was in the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Square,” based on Egypt’s 2011 revolution. They both shared the stage with Lebanese cinema powerhouse couple Nadine Labaki and her music composer husband Khaled Mouzanar.
The old versus the new
Women carry a picture of late Egyptian singer Umm Kalthoum during a protest supporting women's rights. (Reuters)
Labaki, whose last film “Where do we go now?” won praise for telling the story of an unnamed rural Lebanese village where Christians and Muslims coexist in an uneasy peace, said that there is still some hope on the arts scene as modern technology has “made anyone a filmmaker.”
As long we stay like this, our stories will be told by ISIS and foreign powersKarim Amer - Egyptian producer.
“We can’t blame anybody but ourselves, and that’s the reality we’re living in. As long we stay like this, our stories will be told by ISIS and foreign powers,” Amer said.
Oscar-nominated documentary “The Square,” based on Egypt’s 2011 revolution
But is there still hope for Arab productions to sprout mostly from the Arab world? Lebanese actress and director Labaki thinks so. “I truly believe that cinema is one of the most powerful non-violent weapons because it does synchronize people’s minds when it gathers many people in the same theatre,” she saidSHOW MORE