HAPPY NEW YEAR

2014 has been a year of major twists and turns, ups and downs, joys and sorrows. I've lost friends and family members, become a godmother to a gorgeous baby girl, learned new things and forgotten many others, seen close ones suffer injustice, designed and installed a new kitchen while living in the house. Lost my …

ArabAd – SPECIAL REPORT APRIL 2014

My company Firehorse is featured in ArabAd, the monthly communications and business magazine. The special report is on the production industry in the MENA region.

THE FIRST CITY ON EARTH

One year before the Second Gulf War, in 2002, I had the privilege of filming the treasures of southern Iraq.  I filmed Mudhifs, the guesthouses of the disappearing Marsh Arabs, built from reeds in the same way as their ancient Mesopotamian ancestors.  I filmed the legendary Ziggurat of Ur and the site of Babylon but …

FIREHORSE FILMS ARCHIVE

Fourteen years ago, my partner Najat Rizk and myself began to document the Arab World in a series of television documentaries, current affairs programmes, talk shows and biographies. Our subjects ranged from religion to politics and social issues, from history to archaeology, from arms dealing to drug trafficking. We filmed it, lived it and have …

UNRWA ARCHIVE LAUNCHED

I have the great honour and pleasure in announcing that I have been working with UNRWA to help launch their unique visual archive on the history of the Palestinian refugees since 1948. The site was launched yesterday after a great deal of hard work from teams on either side of the Atlantic. If you want …

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BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY

The buzz at this evening's closing ceremony at the Beirut International Film Festival was palpable. A week long celebration of film ended with an award ceremony for the best short films and best documentaries. Having watched all the films as a member of the jury it was my great honour to read out the winners. …

BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT.

It was a great opening night for the Beirut International Film Festival showing Alphonso Cuaron's Gravity. I was very pleased to see a great turn out with a lot of members of our industry and of all generations. The press was there in force too giving young Lebanese film makers a platform which they don't …

BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTVAL

I am very honoured to have been chosen as one of the jury members of the Beirut International Film Festival taking place from the 2nd to the 10th of October 2013. When I arrived in the Arab world 20 years ago there were very few locally made films outside countries like Egypt and there were …

ORION AND ME

Looking up at the stars, from my balcony overlooking a wintry Mediterranean sea, my heart smiles to see Orion looking down on me.  The great Greek hunter, father of the biblical Nephilim, ancient Egyptian constellation of rebirth and the afterlife has been my winter companion these past twenty years.  It seems fitting that the constellation …

Interview Mouna Mounayer & Najat Rizk

http://youtu.be/3ChXE83CuMM

COITUS INTERRUPTUS FROM BEIRUT TO LONDON

COITUS INTERRUPTUS FROM BEIRUT TO LONDON 'His warm hand moving down my spine, taking the sheet with it, making my skin tingle and coming to rest just above my bottom. I smiled. I had done it. I finally had done it. I found him. He was right there in bed with me and it wasn’t …

CRIMES & MISDEMEANOURS

 Reflections on the SOLON War Crimes Conference Maya Mounayer-Rigby1 I recently attended the first WAR CRIMES conference held by SOLON, in February 2009, at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. I would first like to congratulate SOLON on the calibre of speakers and delegates that this conference attracted. The organisers brought together under one roof some …

A VERY SERIOUS CORNER…

MAYA MOUNAYER-RIGBY CORNER This very serious corner of Life Through A Loop is reserved for the writing of my very serious sister - Mayada Mounayer-Rigby AKA the academic who covers war crimes conferences and other heavy pursuits like why women in Lebanon got suffrage but have not participated in politics. Well the conferences are heavy …

Justice? Whose Justice? Punishment, Mediation or Reconciliation?

2ND BIENNIAL WAR CRIMES CONFERENCE: ‘Justice? – Whose Justice? Punishment, Mediation or Reconciliation?’ 3 to 5 March 2011, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Maya Mounayer-Rigby  The eagerly awaited 2nd Biennial War Crimes Conference, organised by SOLON, was held 3 to 5 March 2011 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), Russell Square, London. This …

END OF YEAR PORK

END OF YEAR PORK.

END OF YEAR PORK

It is the night of New Year's Eve and all the house is silent.  The rooms are dark and I can see the lights flickering on the bays of Jounieh and Beirut from my arm-chair.  Then all is dark.  Ah yes it is 6 PM.  The room shakes, the glass rattles, I hear a roar, …

ODE TO PARTNERSHIP

"Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning." Bill Gates As I walked up onto the stage of the large auditorium at the Congre Istanbul Merkezi (Istanbul Congress Center), with my partner of twelve years, Najat Rizk, to collect our AllWorld Network Arabia 500 medals, I was reminded of Bill Gates' …

Cash-flow is more important than your mother…

Second Global Entrepreneur Summit Day Two 'Cash flow is more important than your mother.' quote by Professor Kenneth Morse What makes a tired, jaded and somewhat disheartened Arab woman entrepreneur sit up, take notice and regain her enthusiasm? It could be the fact that the sessions today, at the Second Global Entrepreneur Summit and AllWord …

Inflection Point

The second Global Entrepreneur Summit, Istanbul and AllWorld Arabia 500 + Turkey Day One All's changed, changed utterly, a terrible beauty is born. William Butler Yeats quoted by US Vice President Joe Biden at the second Global Entrepreneurship summit in Istanbul today Saturday 3 December 2011. Woke up this morning feeling cranky. Gluttony is so …

THE FACE OF AFRICA

How often does a film-maker find a subject standing in an opportune ray of light?   I came across this man standing in the doorway of his blacksmith shop in the back streets of Marrakesh while filming the documentary Arabs: A Lost Identity.

EVER HAD A LAWRENCE OF ARABIA MOMENT?

On my very second outing as a fully fledged documentary director I was let loose on an unsuspecting Arab world. First port of call Wadi Rum. What most of you don't know is that I grew up in a house in London where the film director David Lean had lunch every Sunday.

MAD DOGS AND ENGLISH MEN…

Ok, I think that definitely my choice of themes for the this site is getting the better of me.  You have to understand that my choice was based on a) all blogs look the same and I wanted one which looks different and b) what would look good on an iPad and mobile devices.  The …

Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot by Guy Magar – Review

BOOK REVIEW BY MM The autobiography ‘Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot’ by Guy Magar is the story of how the son of Egyptian immigrants fleeing from Abdel Nasser’s 1958 Egyptian revolution became a mainstream jobbing director in Hollywood.  By way of Egypt, France and the US Guy Magar’s story relates his journey from immigrant …