Inside Al Jadid - Interviews

Khaled Khalifa Speaks His Mind from Wrestling with Censors at Home and Abroad to How Book and Drama Fare Differently Under Syrian Censorship

Khaled Khalifa, author of “Madih al-Karahiya” (In Praise of Hatred) and screenwriter of “Zaman al-Khawf” (A Time of Fear), among other works, talks about his experiences as a writer prior to, and after, the Syrian revolution, in an interview with Rebecca Joubin and AJ Naddaff. Al Jadid discusses the author’s views on the censorship of his film,“Zaman al-Khawf,” and how he expresses his political ideas in his works. Khalifa also explains one of the hopes he has for his book, “In Praise of Hatred,”which deals with, among other topics, the Muslim Brotherhood and the regime in the 1980s. A contender for the first International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the novel has been translated into seven languages, including English. When asked about the novel’s reception from a Western audience, Khalifa elaborates on the different Americans and British views toward the Arab world that might influence the censorship it receives overseas. Khalifa also addresses the important role that artists, writers, and those working behind the scenes occupy during a time of revolution and war. The interview with Mr. Khalifa will appear in the forthcoming issue of Al Jadid Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 70, 2016.

Q&A with Director and Writer Reine Mitri on Her Banned Film “In this Land Lay Graves of Mine”

Angele Ellis, who reviews Reine Mitri’s “In this Land Lay Graves of Mine” in the forthcoming issue of Al Jadid, conducted a Q&A through e-mail with the film’s director. Ms. Mitri responded to questions about her changing attachment to and perceptions of Lebanon after making this personal documentary, the advantages (or disadvantages) of being a female filmmaker, and her artistic influences and inspirations. When asked about the effects of the ban the Lebanese government has imposed on this film, Ms. Mitri replied that censorship would not affect its reception, distribution, or inclusion in international film festivals. Perhaps her answer speaks volumes on how the world views Lebanon’s standards of censorship.

 

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