Turkey’s “A Few Brave People” Wins Best Feature Film at Abu Dhabi’s Green Carpet Ceremony

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A Few Brave People by Turkish director Rüya Arzu Köksal won the Golden Deer Award for Best Feature Film at the inaugural Abu Dhabi International Environmental Film Festival (ADIEFF) last Thursday night. Recognized alongside five other nature-themed films at the closing green carpet ceremony, the documentary highlights the challenges faced by people living in Çağlayan, İkizdere and Senoz in the Black […]

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Abu Dhabi Behind Matt Damon Anti-Fracking Film

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Perhaps floored that a subsidiary of the state-owned Abu Dhabi Media, Image Nation, could be behind such a high-quality production as Promised Land, a new anti-fracking film written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, western bloggers are drawing conspiratorial connections between the production company and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. The theory […]

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The Bedouins Convert Ill-Begotten Tunisian Mansion into a Skate Park

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The Bedouins are a group of skaters and artists who are empowering post-revolutinary Tunisian youth. When Nathan Gray and his posse of skateboarders and street artists collectively known as “The Bedouins” were scouting out the perfect place to build a skate park in post-revolutionary Tunisia, some of the locals suggested they inhabit Imed Trabelsi’s abandoned […]

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How Sharks Keep Us Breathing: An Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Ali Khan

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“What is happening to sharks around the world is the most shameful and biggest commercial sellout that man has ever perpetuated against the natural world” – Marine Conservationist and Film-maker Jonathan Ali Khan Swapping fashion design for fish and wildlife, the film-maker Jonathan Ali Khan has been working on marine conservation in the United Arab […]

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Beautiful Red Sea Film School Integrates Nature As Teaching Tool

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This is more than a building with a ragged mountain backdrop. This architecture creates the ultimate in sensory education for Jordan’s film students. The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Aqaba, Jordan taps into natural light, sounds, and shadows to create a sensorily vivid learning experience for film students. Albeit minimalist and respectful of […]

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Spend Summer Nights at Hiria, Central Israel's Garbage Dump, Among the Trash and Beneath the Stars

Get romantic at the dump! Hiria garbage dump tries to attract visitors this summer with outdoor movie screenings and activities for the whole family. Once upon a time, it was common to spend summer nights watching a movie outdoors.  Remember that scene in Grease at the drive-in, when Danny took Sandy out to watch a […]

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Green Events at the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University this Week

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If being more environmentally friendly is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you might consider going to one of the great “green” events hosted by the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University this week. First up is a screening of Urban Legend – an environmental documentary by Nitzan Horovitz that was presented […]

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Abu Dhabi Media Company to Create Environmental Films with National Geographic

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You probably wouldn’t have oil-rich emirate, Abu Dhabi, pegged for environmental awareness.  The United Arab Emirates are notorious for their abundance of fossil fuels and thus, sadly, do their fair share to contribute to carbon dioxide emissions. This week, though, the state-owned Abu Dhabi Media Company announced that it would collaborate with National Geographic on […]

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Is Sustainability in Tel Aviv an "Urban Legend"? New Film Challenges City Planners to Think Outside the Box

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Sometimes it is necessary to confront our decision-makers with what has been called “the threat of a good example” – to bring them face to face with evidence that, despite their insistence to the contrary, it is possible to do things differently. That, in a nutshell, was the idea behind an event held last week […]

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