A comedy set in the Middle East and made by a Western director (a French one, Michel Hazanavicius, no less!) has the automatic potential to be incredibly politically incorrect. Alas, all comedies are by nature politically incorrect and as a rule I believe that, to an extent, comedy is allowed to lampoon (otherwise this world … More Film Review: OSS 117 Le Caire, nid d’espions
How do you shoot a 14-year old girl? The whole world is waiting and watching, praying that Malala Yousufzai doesn’t die from the bullets that pierced her head and body after gunmen opened fire on her while she was riding a school bus. Yet even with the strong outcry against this cowardly action, the Taliban … More A Hero: Malala Yousufzai
Michael Sinan-a.k.a. Mr Gay Denmark-should be considered one of Islam’s modern heroes. Mr. Sinan’s life and message would be considered radical-probably even blasphemous-among Conservative Muslims, but I feel that they should be broadcast to the world. While many people, whether straight Americans or fanatic Muslims, would laugh at Mr. Sinan and deride him for his … More Modern Islam: Mr. Gay Denmark
Books are not particularly sexy. A person’s eyes can be seductive, depending on the person. And wearing a headscarf and a bulky full-length coat? In general, not very sexy at all. According to the Saudi Commitee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (also known as the morality police), women with attractive eyes … More What’s Next-Banning Women Alltogether?
The other night I watched the film No One Knows About Persian Cats, a 2010 Iranian film released by IFC which, like most foreign films, is completely unknown to American viewers and thus totally dishonored. The film, which highlights actual Iranian bands as it follows the loosely-scripted real-life story of the band Take It Easy Hospital … More Struggling for Song in “No One Knows About Persian Cats”