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Articles by Lorna Codrai

Based in the UK and UAE, Lorna Codrai is a staff writer focusing on Middle Eastern film and television.

Review: Egypt’s First Animated Feature “The Knight and the Princess” Champions Arab Storytelling

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"The Knight and the Princess" offers entertaining storytelling and a win for Arab representation in global animated cinema.

Review: “Son-Mother” Dismantles A Family Unit In Mahnaz Mohammadi’s Heartbreaking Debut

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Iranian women's rights activist Mahnaz Mohammadi's debut feature "Son-Mother" offers a personal take on prejudice and patriarchy.

Review: Saeed Roustaee’s “Just 6.5” Brutally Depicts Iran’s Drug Crisis

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Iranian director Saeed Roustaee's second feature "Just 6.5" exposes the shocking truth of Iran's deepening drug problem.

Review: Tunisia’s “Un Fils” Spotlights A Marriage and Country In Crisis

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Director Mehdi Barsaoui's "Un Fils" ("A Son") explores gender dynamics, healthcare, and a crumbling family in the wake of Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution.

Review: “The Perfect Candidate” Shows Saudi Arabia’s Evolving Women’s Rights Landscape

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Director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “The Perfect Candidate” depicts the challenges a female doctor faces when she runs for local office in Saudi Arabia.

Interview: Director Oualid Mouaness Talks “1982,” His Feature Film Debut

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Director Oualid Mouaness' film "1982" stars prominent actress Nadine Labaki and tells a coming-of-age story amidst the 1982 Lebanon War.

 
 
 

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