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Syria: a cinematic revolution

Syria: a cinematic revolution

I’ve just published this piece on Hyperallergic that I’d love to share here. It’s about what I feel to be a “new wave” in Syrian cinema…   A New Wave of Syrian Films Exposes the Failure of Images   Still from Avo Kaprealian’s ‘Houses Without Doors’ (2016) (image courtesy Bidayyat and Avo Kaprealian jointly)   […]
L’ideologia ai tempi del califfato

L’ideologia ai tempi del califfato

L’ultima dal “califfato” l’abbiamo sentita qualche giorno fa: distruggere le antenne satellitari che sarebbero colpevoli di portare la propaganda nemica sul territorio controllato dal cosidetto “Stato Islamico” (ISIS, Daesh). Da Raqqa e da altre “wilayat” (le province del califfato) sono arrivati video come questo, che ricordano un pò i vecchi atti luddisti, la rage against […]
Syria Off Frame opens in NYC

Syria Off Frame opens in NYC

“Syria Off Frame”, the exhibition I curated last year within the Imago Mundi Project that features 141 Syrian artists, just opened last monday at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NYC.   Meanwhile, we launched the catalogue of the exhibition in three languages (Italian-English-Arabic). For those who are interested, you can find it here. These are […]
Varoufakis’ DiEM25 and the politics of the self(ie)

Varoufakis’ DiEM25 and the politics of the self(ie)

Last week I entered the Acquario Romano, a historic gorgeous building in the surroundings of the main train station in Rome, eager to breath some fresh air in the lately very depressing hallways of politics. Yannis Varoufakis was there to launch his newborn movement, DiEM25: an ambitious name that stands for “Democracy in Europe Movement” […]
WE NEED EVERYBODY’S HELP TO #FREEBASSEL

WE NEED EVERYBODY’S HELP TO #FREEBASSEL

Bassel Khartabil aka Safadi, my dear friend from the old days in Damascus and lead of the Creative Commons community in Syria, has been living in a Syrian jail for almost 4 years now. He was arrested in March 2012 without a formal accusation or the right to see a lawyer. Today we hear from […]
Syria’s Romeo & Juliet at Zaatari Camp

Syria’s Romeo & Juliet at Zaatari Camp

For the World Theatre Day, 27 March, Syrian actor and director Nawwar Bulbul will premiere “Romeo & Juliet” at the Zaatar refugee camp in Jordan. The theatre play will be entirely performed by Syrian refugee children living in Zaatari; they will be joined on Skype by other Syrian kids, still living inside the country. Nawwar […]
Bassel Safadi’s third year in a Syrian jail

Bassel Safadi’s third year in a Syrian jail

Yesterday marked the 4th anniversary of the beginning of Syria’s uprising. It also, very sadly, marked the detention of our beloved friend, open-source advocate Bassel Khartabil aka Safadi. Several initiatives have been launched on the web, particularly this one which aims at building an #offlinelibrary for our friend. You can contribute your gift here. I’d […]