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Author Archives: Norah Soufraji

The Mayyas, ‘Mo’, and Dabis–Arab Creatives on Their Own Terms

By: Norah Soufraji / Arab America Contributing Writer It’s 2022 and Arab creatives are having a moment. Lebanese dance group the Mayyas dazzled their way through the America’s Got Talent competition and were recently crowned the Season 17 champions. Mo Amer’s Netflix series Mo, the first American television series created by and starring a Palestinian … Continued

Arab Filmmakers Make Their Mark at Venice Film Festival

By: Norah Soufraji / Arab America Contributing Writer This year, a number of Arab filmmakers made their international debuts at the 79th Annual Venice International Film Festival, which ended this weekend. This stunning selection included films from Algeria, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Iraq offering an eclectic mix that deals with such themes as immigration, … Continued

As Turkish Economy Tanks, Syrian refugees face increased “Syriaphobia” and violence

By: Norah Soufraji / Arab America Contributing Writer For Syrians in Turkey, the message is clear, “You are not welcome here.”  With the upcoming parliamentary elections in Turkey drawing closer, Syrian refugees are caught in the crossfire as national debate intensifies. Incidents of racist attacks and hateful rhetoric have risen dramatically. Turkish society has a … Continued

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