Bilal Qureshi

Bilal Qureshi appears in the following:

In 'The Insult,' All Politics Is A Local Neighborhood Squabble

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ziad Doueiri's new Oscar-shortlisted film is about the religious and tribal divisions in contemporary Lebanon — and how a small altercation in Beirut can spiral out of control.


Germany's 'In The Fade' Flips The Script On The Terrorism Film

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Filmmaker Fatih Akin says he made In the Fade to spotlight something terrorism stories often overlook: the victims. It follows a woman whose husband and 6-year old son have been murdered by neo-Nazis.


In 'The Square,' A Scandinavian Satire Of A Modern Art Museum

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Swedish movie which won top prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival skewers the cultural elite — the same kind of people who attend Cannes.


Even As A Musical Ambassador For The U.S., Randy Weston Has Always Played For Africa

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"When I touch the piano, it becomes an African instrument," says the pianist and composer, who has been bridging cultures through music for some 60 years.


Bollywood Queen Deepika Padukone Sets Her Sights On Hollywood

Saturday, February 04, 2017

One of India's biggest movie stars, Deepika Padukone, is making her Hollywood debut in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. She's hoping to replicate her massive Bollywood success on American movie screens.


A Cinematic Classic Of Resistance Returns To The Big Screen

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bilal Qureshi writes that The Battle Of Algiers, currently in movie theaters for a 50th anniversary rerelease, influenced many films that followed it and has striking relevance to the present.


A Breakthrough Showcase For Black Filmmaking At The Toronto Film Festival

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Toronto International Film Festival's lineup of new movies pushed back against the narrow definition of a "black film" and offered a feast of cinematic stories about black life.


Rape Charge Resurfaces As Nate Parker Promotes 'Birth Of A Nation'

Monday, September 12, 2016

At the Toronto film festival, actor and director Nate Parker faced the press about a 1999 rape charge against him. Parker's promoting a movie about Nat Turner's slave rebellion The Birth of a Nation.


'I Don't Think We Really See Migrants,' Says Creator Of New Film 'Dheepan'

Friday, May 06, 2016

French director Jacques Audiard won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his story of a Tamil Tiger who gives up the fight to try and find a better life in France.


Breaking The Mold: Artist's Modern Miniatures Remix Islamic Art

Friday, October 02, 2015

As an art student, Shahzia Sikander used her region's miniature painting tradition to tell the story of a modern Pakistani woman. Now her work has moved beyond the page into animation and video.


A Pakistani Pop Star Pulls From The Culture's Musical Past And Present

Friday, September 25, 2015

Though she's made careful study of the history of South Asian music, Zeb Bangash's career defies easy assumptions about art and Islam.


Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Monday, August 03, 2015

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."


An Indian Master Returns To Cinemas, Restored

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Filmmaker Satyajit Ray earned a lifetime achivement Oscar for his beloved Apu Trilogy, released between 1955 and 1959. Badly damaged by fire, the original negatives have now been restored.


Swagger On Display At 'Empire' Season Finale Parties

Thursday, March 19, 2015

With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in D.C., had just as much.


Filmmaker Takes A Stand Against Extremism In Oscar-Nominated 'Timbuktu'

Monday, February 09, 2015

Abderrahmane Sissako's film was inspired by the seizure of the Malian city by Islamist fighters in 2012. It has won international accolades with its lyrical beauty and critique of religious extremism.


In 'Selma,' British Actor Brings Outsider's Perspective To MLK

Monday, January 19, 2015

David Oyelowo talks about playing Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oscar-nominated film Selma — as well as the LBJ controversy, slavery and how he learned about what it's like to be black in America.


'Leviathan' A Dark Social Satire Of Russian Society

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The new Russian film Leviathan chronicles one man's struggle against a greedy mayor confiscating his property, providing an epic and timely portrait of Russian society.


In Film, Women's Stories Break Through At Fall Festivals

Monday, October 13, 2014

Study after study reveals that women remain underrepresented in film, both on screen and off. But film festivals can play a role in closing the gap.

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Latin American Icon Simon Bolivar Gets Biopic Treatment In 'Liberator'

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Bolivar liberated six countries from Spanish rule in the early 19th century. A new film about his life features epic battles, rousing speeches and stunning landscapes in the spirit of Braveheart.


Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'

Monday, July 28, 2014

The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.