Showing posts with label Oscar Nominated. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oscar Nominated. Show all posts

Saturday, January 5, 2019

ِA Day in San Francisco with Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzanar

Dr. Ramzi Salti (middle) with Khaled Mouzanar (left) and Nadine Labaki (right)

December 2018 was a month to remember because I finally got to meet and interview two amazing Lebanese artists whom I have long admired:  Lebanese Director Naine Labaki and her husband Composer/Producer Khaled Mouzanar.  The couple was in San Francisco to promote Labaki's new film Capernaum.

Here are some pictures and short video clips from that day--including some that were taken at an exclusive screening of Capernaum by the AFMI which overseas the Arab Film Festival.  Here I must thank Serge Bakalian and Sony Picture Classics for making this interview possible.  Shukran also to Ahmad Anka for taking the pics + videos.

Pics from my interview with Nadine Labaki in San Francisco:
Listen to the interview at

Pics from my interview with Khaled Mouzanar in San Francisco:

Short video message by Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzannar (in Arabic) for my Stanford students + Arabology radio show listeners 
Watch below or at

Pics from AFMI private screening of Capernaum in San Francisco featuring the film's star, child actor Zain Al Rafeea:

Pics from Q&A session following film screening:
AFMI's Serge Bakalian (right) with the Lebanese trio

Video clip from Discussion following film screening:
Watch below or at

Film trailer for Capernaum, currently playing in US theaters:

Two scenes from Capernaum

For more info about the Oscar nominated film Capernaum see

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Podcast: Arabology 7.7 Ft Alternative Arabic Music + Oscar Nominated Arabic Films + Poem by Elia Abu Madi

The Feb 27, 2014 episode of 'Arabology' features unique alternative/indie Arabic songs and mixes + a spotlight on the Arabic version of 'White Rabbit' from the 'American Hustle' soundtrack + a report on the 3 Oscar nominated Arabic films for 2014. Show also features a bio of poet Elia Abu Madi and one of his poems recited in Arabic, translated into English, then sung by Ghazi Abdel Baki.

Arabology 7.7 [Alternative Arabic Music + Oscars Nominated Arabic Films + Poem by Elia Abu Madi] by arabology

Playlist for Arabology Thurs, 27 February 2014 4- 6 pm DJ: Ramzi S.
Artist/ Track/ Album/ Label

1. Mashrou' Leila ft Lyctum The Eclipse Sideform/Intro (Nataraja 3D Remix)/Nataraja 3D
2. Maryam/ Watan El Akk/Mosh Baghani/ Cd Baby
3. Yasmine Hamdan/ Gamar/ Echos d'aujourd'hui/Fanon
4. Omeima El Khalil/ Shab Y Sabiyeh/ Ya/ Forward Music
5. Jefferson Airplane/ White Rabbit (Umami Edit)/Single/ Umami in Space/RCA
6. Mayssa Karaa/ White Rabbit (Arabic)/ American Hustle Soundtrack/ Legacy Recordings
7. Mashrou' Leila/ Raasuk/Raasuk/ Mashrou' Leila
8. Marcel Khalife/ Samai Bayati/ Caress/ Nagam Records/Traditional Crossroads
9. Poem by Elia Abu Madi/ Ibtasim (Arabic Poem + English Translation)/ Arabology/ KZSU
10. Ghazi Abdel Baki/ Ibtassem (Unplugged)/Communique 1/Forward Music
11. Kareem Abu Raida/ Aho Da Li Sar/ Kareem Abu Raida
12. Report: Three Oscar Nominated Arabic Films
13. Eduardo Niebla & Adel Salameh/ Mediterraneo/Rough Guide Mediterranean/ World Music Network
14. Khaled/ Laila/ C'est La Vie/ Universal Music France
15. Labess/ El Kass Yadour/Identite/ Needlepoint Records
16. Rachid Taha/ Wesh (N'amal)/ Zoom/ Naive
17. Nawel Ben Kraiem/ Safsari/ Sawtuha: Nine Women From Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria/ Jakarta Records
18. Pangia/ Maryam, Maryam Ti (Finale)/ Mystic Blue Caravan Vol 7/ Pangia Vol 5
19. Tania Saleh/ Reda (Bonus Track)/ Live At DRM/ Forward Music
20. Khalas/ Amona/ Arabic Rock Orchestra/ Khalas Band
21. Abu Rabus/ Thalath Qasaed/ Ghanni 3an Ta3rif/ Alqaws
22. Khaled Aljaramani/ Athar/ Athar/ Institut Du Monde Arabe & Harmonia Mundi

'Arabology' is a weekly radio program, currently in its seventh season, which airs on KZSU 90.1 FM (San Francisco bay area). It is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, who showcases and discusses (mostly alternative) Arabic music, along with interviews + commentary in English.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Emad Burnat's Oscar Nominated 'Five Broken Cameras' Does Not Win Academy Award

Emad Burnat attended the Oscars on Feb 24, 2013 with his family 

Many people were caught by surprise when Emad Burnat's documentary '5 Broken Cameras' was nominated for Best Documentary at tonight's Oscar Ceremony. Few, however, were surprised that it did not win--taking comfort instead in the fact that the film was nominated at all.

The first-ever Palestinian film to be nominated for best Documentary Feature, the critically-acclaimed 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, the film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village upheaval. As the years pass in front of the camera, we witness Gibreel grow from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him with the astute powers of perception that only children possess. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost in this cinematic diary and unparalleled record of life in the West Bank. 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production. A Kino Lorber Release.

Director Emad Burnat is a Palestinian freelance cameraman and photographer with experience filming for Al-Jazeera and Palestinian Television. He has contributed to several documentaries, including Bil’in My Love, Palestine Kids, Open Close, and Interrupted Streams. 

Emad Burrnat at the Sundance Film Festival

Movie Poster
Here is the trailer for 5 Broken Cameras.  The complete documentary is available to view on YouTube for $3.99 (rental) or can be owned for $9.99.  See

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