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Nazli Tarzi


A carefully stitched interrogation of Iraqi agony, Ahmed Abd's 'The River's Shadow' combines Mesopotamian mythology and modern trauma to create a film that taps into a twitchy, paranoid national psyche.

12 May, 2023

The New Arab Meets: Educator and activist Noor Ghazi to discuss the double bind of being Iraqi-American and the ways her dual identities compete, interchange and complement each other.

28 April, 2023

In-depth: When US forces invaded Iraq, looting and pillaging of political and cultural artefacts was rampant. Two decades later, Iraq's TV archive remains lost despite efforts to retrieve the country's stolen collections.

20 March, 2023

A vital expression of free-thinking, folk dance has long been a staple of Algerian national identity. Now Esraa Warda's famed Algerian dance workshops have taken London by storm, introducing the metropolis to the rhythms of the Maghreb.

20 October, 2022

Don't judge a play by its title, Two Palestinians Go Dogging is a thoroughly engaging production about the mundane, cyclical nature of Israel's occupation of Palestine. Funny and thought-provoking, the viewer is forced to speculate about our future.

04 July, 2022

Sustained periods of drought have ravaged much of northern Iraq's ecosystem. But in a stunning recent excavation, archaeologists discovered a 3400-year-old city previously submerged underwater, that was once the epicentre of the Mittani Empire.

16 June, 2022

Mustafa Al-Sumaidaie was one of the millions of Iraqis born into occupation and sectarian chaos. Arming himself instead with a lens, Mustafa's photographs and films portray an honest depiction of his homeland's urban and architectural beauty.

27 May, 2022

Puppetry in the Arab world has a long distinguished history, as both a means of popular entertainment and a playful critique of societal norms. In a bid to revive this tradition, archivists have created a virtual depository for future generations.

20 January, 2022

The refugee crisis at the EU-Belarus border has brought along with it harrowing stories of loss and despair. Many of the hundreds of families are from Iraqi Kurdistan. After multiple pleas, one child amputee has been lucky enough to be given asylum.

21 December, 2021

The government's neglect of the autistic community in Iraq has only aggravated the taboo surrounding it, with many obscuring their children's disability from public view. In spite of these obstacles, the autistic community resilience is growing.

16 December, 2021