The Tide Comes in: Book Launch of ‘Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Arabian Gulf Poetry’.


Carmel (2007)  is a  charming movie  directed  by Nadine Labaki and is available on Netflix with English subtitles.   The main characters work in a beauty shop in Beirut, Lebanon.   Labaki acts in the film as the shop’s owner. The characters’ romantic lives, family troubles and neighborhood are portrayed in a warm,  comic  way.  I especially loved the characters of Aunt Rose and her gentleman suitor and her sister, Lili who finds parking tickets and believes they are “love letters.”  I don’t want to say so much to ruin the plot for everyone but would love to hear what you think.  To me it’s one of those movies that remind us that even though we speak different languages women have very similiar concerns the world over.  It also has me wanting to pack my suitcase!Caramel Poster


Other movies I have enjoyed:

Sabah (2005) Muslim woman in Canada falls for a non Muslim man

Red Satin/Satin Rouge (2002) Tunisian middle age woman learns to bellydance after the death of her husband.

The Syrian Bride (2004)

Hideous Kinky (1998) a British hippie takes her daughters to Morocco for an adventure.


Have you seen others to recommend?

Teaser for a feature documentary exploring the emerging contemporary art movement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A journey into the secret life of Saudi Artists.

I have been following Zvezdana Rashkovich on twitter regularly.  She lives in a city that I adore.  Last spring I vacationed there.   I will surely tell you about it in my future posts.  For now  I will share one of my pictures and link to Zvezdana’s article:

Photo credit: Sue Braunschweig Photo is Burj al Arab Hotel

Loved this fast paced novel.  Al-Mohaimeed weaves character, time and point of view in a challenging way that has me wishing for more of his work to be translated.  (I have and will read Munira’s Bottle shortly.) There are images like the mother character in the desert digging into the sand trying to find her lost son among the place of jinn that are beautifully haunting.  In my mind this book is fantastic and makes me consider the class structure and unseen characters in our own society and the way fiction has the power to influence us.