Category Archives: Mosaic
While the sea, sun and sand may be among the main attractions for visitors to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second city, these powerful elements are also responsible for the gradual degradation of one of the world’s greatest outdoor sculpture collections. But the current restoration of the impressive range of sculptures on the corniche appears as significant for the city as the day they were erected.
She attended the prestigous Sundance Institute Film Lab, a key development programme for independent film-makers. Her husband recalls: “There was a lot of interest in the film from the very beginning but investors would get nervous and then back away.” Eventually, it was a member of the Saudi Royal family who eventually came on board and their participation made Wadja possible.
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After looters ran wild in the Iraq National Museum and ransacked archaeological sites in 2003, 10 years later heart-warming efforts are being made to carry out new excavations, and discover or buy back artefacts now on the open market, as well as to repair the Museum.
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As a result, Venice became Christian Europe’s most important interface with the Muslim civilisations of the Near East and the artistic impact of this connection was felt for for more than a millennium. This link seems to have be reawakened and in this month’s edition of the magazine, Sylvia Smith visits Venice Biennale to see the participation of the largest ever number of Arab countries in the event’s history.
The technical prowess – a dual-purpose auditorium
The story’s central character Changez, artfully played by British actor Riz Ahmed, is a radical university lecturer based in Lahore who arrives for a meeting with an American journalist who suspects Changez of being an Al Qaeda operative. Changez agrees to his request to be interviewed but stipulates one condition – that the journalist hear his entire story. Changez then begins the story of his life, a life which several years earlier saw him as a young post graduate student studying at Harvard university and in love with all things American. Chanqez, while attending Harvard, is approached to work for a large American corporation, one that specialises in making insolvent companies profitable once more. Changez is recruited and quickly excels at his job, since unlike many of his co-workers, he is capable of becoming detached from his emotions and is consequently ruthless in the recommendations he makes to his boss on how to make the failed companies he is asked to access profitable again. Whether it means shutting down entire departments or entire companies and making thousands of workers redundant as a result, Changez never hesitates in any of the recommendations he makes and remains numb to the consequences. As Changez starts to climb the corporate ladder he simultaneously begins a relationship with the company director’s daughter, Erica, an emotionally damaged, unstable artist still mourning the death of her previous boyfriend, which she feels partially responsible for.