“He wrote about me, about you, about Palestine, about al-Birwa, about the occupation, about the victims, and he wrote about human beings,” says one of the interviewees in Ibtisam Mara’ana Menuhin’s documentary about Mahmoud Darwish, Write Down, I Am an Arab — winner of the Audience Award at Doc Aviv Film Festival, 2014. Learn more about Ibtisam Mara’ana Menuhin here.
Alaa Wardi is a Saudi recording artist based in Riyadh. His entire YouTube channel is devoted to his music and you can learn more about him on his website.
Someone in Israel has taken it upon themselves to write the names of Palestinians killed in Gaza on walls in the town of Beersheva to remind Israelis that those killed are not part of a collective evil, but instead individuals fulfilling roles in their communities and families. Additionally, someone going by NamesOnWalls has photographed the names and published them on Tumblr. You can read more about this on the Daily Jewish Forward as well as The Christian Science Monitor, and see more images of the names of Gaza victims on Tumblr.
The Outpost, published by Abrahim Nehme out of Beirut, Lebanon, promotes a variety of design generated in the Arab world and looks critically at the missing pieces as well as the challenges and opportunities to improve Middle Eastern life through design.
Sarah Al Abdali speaks about her art and why she makes it as part of an Edge of Arabia exhibition that traveled to the United Kingdom among other countries. See her art and along with other emerging Saudi artists on the Edge of Arabia website.
Sada (meaning echo), formed following the American invasion of Iraq to rebuild artistic culture and offer support to the arts community that has been devastated by post-invasion turmoil. Learn more about Sada on their website or, watch this video about them and their work.
French filmmaker-documentarian, Yann Rineau, created this short documentary about calligrapher, Hassan Massoudy. You can see more of Sayeed Massoudy’s work on Facebook.