The Iranian-British-American film director, screenwriter and university professor Tina Gharavi is currently making a gangster film about Iranian women in 1980s Paris. She speaks to Brownbook on collective amnesia, the lack of empathetic storytelling, and why she relocated to Newcastle, UK.
Growing up searching for his own voice, Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Omar Kholeif talks about how geography and personal experience drive his passion and practice. This project was made possible by tje Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
As one of the few prominent Lebanese rock bands out there, Scrambled Eggs and Charbel Haber have effectively blazed a trail of empowerment and inspiration through the region. With an agenda of Rock, the Lebanese and Middle Eastern community can enjoy a strong ally in the cause of music and creativity.
Tunisian water engineer Amine Draoui left the city behind for a life in sync with nature. Now, Draoui’s life is perfectly synchronised with nature’s rhythm. ‘I start my day with the sun,’ he says. ‘I’m bound by it and can’t sleep longer because when it rises all the animals demand their breakfast.’
A champion of the Saudi Arabian art community, Stephen Stapleton is the mind behind Edge of Arabia. Currently working in London, he hopes to shed a broader sense of light on Arabian art and its relevant creatives.
UAE-based architect and designer Ammar Kalo, whose work explores the relationship between traditional craftsmanship and more contemporary forms of fabrication.
Grammy award-winning jazz musician, Fathy Salama has established himself as an influential force in the Egyptian music scene. He is most known for bridging the gap between modern and traditional music through performances with artists from different countries such as American jazz musician, Al Di Meola.
An urban beekeeping project on the roof of this East London mosque
From managing four companies to training for the Ironman Triathlon, the Bahraini entrepreneur takes a minute to talk about starting out