TAP and Andalou agency ink cooperation agreement

Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency and Anadolu Agency signed on Friday a cooperation agreement. The agreement was signed by TAP CEO Lotfi Arfaoui and Anadolu Agency’s Deputy Director-General Mustafa Ozkaya and at a ceremony held at TAP headquarters in Tunis. The cooperation agreement covers the areas of exchanging news through various media (text, image, video, graphics or infography). The agreement also provides for developing exchanges of expertise, press and technical delegations in addition to boosting exchange of media contents between the two agencies in various fields and news bulletins…

Ending Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

Op-ed co written by Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy, Alice Bah Kuhnke and Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General The safety of journalists is deteriorating across the globe. Journalists and media workers are victims of censorship, pressure, threats, physical abuse, violent attacks or mortal violence. Tackling this challenge successfully calls for political will and intensified cooperation. We call on all governments to join UNESCO in a renewed and stronger commitment to defend freedom of expression. The protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms is a priority of the Swedish government. The…

Western approach erases our memory, Tunisian director Nacer Khemir says

Director of well-received films such as ‘Bab-Âziz,’ ‘The Dove’s Necklace’ and ‘Wanderers of the Desert,’ Tunisian director Nacer Khemir’s new film, ‘Looking for Muhyiddin,’ depicts the life of the great Islamic philosopher Muhyiddin ibn-i Arabi and premieres in Turkey soon. Tunisian director Nacer Khemir is preparing for the release of his movie, “Looking for Muhyiddin,” which focuses on the life of Muhyiddin İbn-i Arabi, in Turkey. Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), the famous director who is known for his movies, including “Bab’Aziz,” “The Dove’s Lost Necklace,” and “Wanderers of the…

Star Wars Super Fan Travels The World To Find Props

Brandon Alinger, Star Wars superfan who appears on Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest, talks traveling the world to build his collection of movie memorabilia. The webseries was created by SDCC HQ, and features Mark Hamill on a tour of different collectors’ homes and museums, talking nerd culture, pop culture, and a shared love of movies. It’s a webseries with a lot of appeal for the SDCC crowd, for whom watching the movies just isn’t enough, and collecting comics, action figures, art and props is a hobby all on its own.…

Tunisian media eyes deepening of cooperation with Xinhua

Speaker of House of People’s Representatives Mohamed Ennaceur met Tuesday with He Ping, editor-in-chief of China’s Xinhua News Agency and both agreed to boost bilateral cooperation including media. Ennaceur told He Ping that Tunisia attaches great importance to developing its friendly ties with China and hopes to enhance the bilateral cooperation in all fields. Ennaceur underscored the importance of deepening the cooperation between Tunisian and Chinese media outlets in promoting the davelopment of the Tunisian-Chinese relations. He Ping said that Xinhua is willing to expand communication and deepen cooperation with…

‘Open the Church’ explores religious freedom in Tunisia

A new documentary by Tunisian director and activist Souheil Bayoudh titled “Open Church”, on the current debate over religious freedom and conscience, is set to debut in coming days throughout Europe and the US at film festivals and film forums. Bayoudh is no stranger to sensitive topics for Tunisian society, such as torture, cannabis use, and irregular emigration, and in this documentary he tackles the truly taboo subject of religious freedom in Tunisia. The approximately 30-minute film depicts stories told by Muslim Tunisians who converted to Christianity. The 2014 Tunisian…

FAIRGROUND FESTIVAL BRINGS ADRIATIQUE, MANO LE TOUGH, SATORI UNDER THE TUNISIAN SKY

Tunisia’s mythical Ecovillage will once again host Fairground Festival as it descends on Sousse for its second edition, 13-15 July. Enriching the experience from all sides, the 2017 edition will feature increases in virtually every aspect of the festival, particularly within the realms of art and music. Visual and sound art will be offered in the open air, while DJs lay the soundtrack to a completely immersive experience, filled with activities, workshops and events. Of course, some of the world best DJs will be on hand to guide festivities. Amongst…

Tunisia bans Wonder Woman screenings

Hollywood movie Wonder Woman has been banned in Tunisia due to the leading actress’ Israeli heritage. The film was pulled before the first screenings on June 8 after a lawsuit called Gail Gadot a ‘champion Zionist.’ Tunisia joins Lebanon and Algeria in banning the film due to Gadot’s Israeli heritage and past links to the country’s military. The Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers put forward the lawsuit. The Tunisian courthouse has halted release of the film while it examines the lawsuit, reports the Jerusalem Post. Following the decision, screenings of the…

Searching For The Next Designer Muse in Tunisia

Unlike model powerhouses Brazil, Russia and the Netherlands – countries capable of launching the careers of “the next big thing in modelling” season after season – Tunisia still has some catching up to do. There was Afef Jnifen, who broke the glass ceiling in the Eighties and early Nineties as a muse of couturier (and fellow Tunisian) Azzedine Alaïa. On top of that, the former model and current Project Runway Middle East judge, has worked for the likes of Giorgio Armani, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli alongside Naomi Campbell. Jnifen was…

The pavilions with pulling power: What’s exciting the art-loving crowd at the Venice Biennale

Unofficially christened the Olympics of Art, there’s a reason why the Venice Biennale is one of the most prestigious contemporary art exhibitions in the world. Every two years, the art spectacle takes place in Italy’s picturesque water city, offering the widest, most thought-provoking variety of contemporary art from around the globe — from paintings and sculptures to videos, installations to live performances. The number of subsidiary shows and fringe events sprouting up all over the city seems to be increasing with every edition, effectively pushing the cultural conversation forward and rounding out…