Help Jordanian filmmakers to write, produce and direct feature films

Filmmaking is a new industry in Jordan, and there aren’t enough educational institutions teaching this discipline. The RFC has been playing a major role in searching for and training talents that would be capable of narrating/expressing Jordanian stories, in addition to granting these talented filmmakers hands on experience that would enable them to work on any international film production. Subsequently, the RFC has designed a new program – the Educational Feature Film (EFF) program – that gives emerging Jordanian filmmakers a chance to tell their stories, under the supervision of mentors. The program was started in 2010 and helped produce five films, but was unfortunately suspended in 2013 due to shortage of funding.

You can support this great program by donating on Indiegogo or spreading the word around.

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Why you really, really should watch “Interstellar”

No spoilers.

1. In the past ten years of this blog’s existence, I’ve reviewed less than a dozen movies.

2. More often than not, the movies I’ve reviewed are based on books I love that were adapted into Hollywood blockbusters.

3. Most readers would tell you that movie adaptations almost never compare to the books. I say “almost” because of only one movie: The Lord of the Rings. That one did indeed compare to the book, thank you, Peter Jackson.

4. Yesterday, we watched “Interstellar”. I went because my friends were going. They were going because they like Christoper Nolan and Matthew McConaughey. I had no idea who either of these two people were, and I wasn’t excited. After all, the movie wasn’t based on a book I know.

5. To my super-pleasant surprise, it was a science-fiction movie with some really good sci-fi. The plot is so Arthur C. Clarke, excluding necessary Hollywood-style bullshit about love and betrayal.

6. I’ve been obsessed with NASA imagery for years. Seeing it “in action” is just breathtaking. Just that shot of Saturn makes me want to go to the IMAX theatre again today.

7. Watch it. Space is an amazing, beautiful thing.

8. The science in it is science FICTION, but the plot is clever. Take it from someone who has read hundreds of sci-fi books.

9. I love how they explained tesseracts in the same way that Madeleine L’Engle did in “A Wrinkle in Time”.

I will proceed to bombard you with beautiful GIFs from the movie:

Saturn from Cassini:



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MENA ICT Forum is Today!

Don’t miss out on the MENA ICT Forum happening today. You can follow the hashtag on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/menaict?f=realtime&src=hash

You can take a look at the agenda here: http://www.menaictforum.com/agenda/

Some images from Twitter:


From: https://twitter.com/anoudabuhassan


From: https://twitter.com/husseinabdulah



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Swissra: An Arabic Typeface Inspired by Swiss Graphic Design

Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Swissra, an Arabic typeface that was inspired by Swiss graphic design.

Ali AlMasri, the designer behind the typeface, says that the motivation behind the typeface was to create a neutral and carefully crafted Arabic font family that can be used on many different applications and work in multilingual situations with Swiss fonts such as Akzidenz-grotesk and Helvetica. Swissra is also a tribute to Swiss graphic design.

Technical stuff: Swissra features sharply cut terminals, which are either horizontal or vertical. It also features closed apertures and a high x-height.

Swissra is available in eight weights that range from ultralight to black.

You can buy Swissra from MyFonts.

View complete project on Behance.



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The Qatar Digital Library: Qatar Does Something Really Awesome

The Qatar Digital Library (QDL) is an awesome website that offers free access to thousands of pages of amazing working, including 25,000 pages of medieval Islamic manuscripts. It has been developed as part of a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding on Partnerships between the Qatar Foundation, the Qatar National Library and The British Library. The best part is that it’s all Creative Commons licensed… free to use, free to re-use.

Wow.

Check out the articles section to begin to appreciate the beauty of the QDL. You can also simply explore the archive.

My favorites include:

- Iraqi Maqam Music and Chalgi Ensembles, complete with soundbytes

- Islamic Highpoint in Astronomy

And many more.

This is really awesome.

Check out the Qatar Digital Library (QDL)



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