Culture

Middle Eastern Culture and Food Lab in Berlin

Making visible the many aspects of Middle Eastern culture that are often relegated to the background: this is the mantra of Sahar and Forough Sodoudi, twin sisters from Iran. A visit to ‘Dr&Dr’ - a food lab, political and cultural project.

Middle Eastern food
Interview with Tunisian singer Neysatu

Neysatu, the queen of the Tunisian underground music scene, speaks to zenith before her latest concert in Berlin about rediscovering her Amazigh heritage, her musical Africanity, and the perils of performing under Ben Ali’s dictatorship.

Interview mit tunesischer Musikerin Neysatu
Interview with Yumna Al-Arashi on Islam and Femininity and the body
Interview with Yumna Al-Arashi on Islam, femininity and the body

Acclaimed photographer Yumna Al-Arashi on her focus on the female body, the beauty of positive Islamic imagery, and her increasing sense of estrangement from photography.

Interview with Meryam Joobeur, director of ‘Brotherhood’
Interview with Meryam Joobeur, director of ‘Brotherhood’

Meryam Joobeur, director of the Oscar-nominated short film, ‘Brotherhood’, talks about how a chance encounter in rural Tunisia spawned a powerful collaboration, the renaissance in Tunisian cinema, and why young people find themselves drawn to ISIS.

Feras Fayyad, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary ‘The Cave’
Feras Fayyad, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary ‘The Cave’

Feras Fayyad, the director of the Oscar-nominated documentary, ‘The Cave’, speaks to zenith about seeing the future of Syria in his female protagonist, surviving torture in Assad’s cells, and facing discrimination in the USA and Denmark.

Interview with Iraqi poet Umar Abdul Nasser
Iraqi poet Umar Abdul Nasser on Mosul, Poland and Weimar

Iraqi poet and multimedia performer Umar Abdul Nasser speaks to zenith about performing in a Mosul basement under ISIS, making life-long friends in Poland and finding fresh inspiration in the footsteps of Goethe.