Culture

First Impressions

By / May 2018

Limited knowledge leads to conjecture in films by Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Denmark’s Susanne Bier.

‘The Possibility of Joy’

By / March 2018

From personal essays about Djiboutian marathon running, profiles of Uzbek arm-wrestlers, reporting about Turkey’s female hockey teams, and memoirs of Italian football glory, these pieces testify to the necessity of play.

‘Where Are You Going?’

By / December 2017

In three contemporary films from Kazakhstan, Hungary, and Chile, awe is the antidote to savagery.

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In an Istanbul Restaurant, Texas Meets the Black Sea

By / June 2017

Can Chef Sertan Cavusoglu sell Istanbulites on American barbecue? “Turks,” Cavusoglu says, “don’t have any guarantee in their lives—except for their food.”

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Memory Songs

By / March 2017

In a refugee camp in Jordan, a Syrian flute helps a displaced shepherd keep the past alive: “It took weeks to learn how to breathe in and blow out at the same time,” Jehad says. “Now I can play nonstop for hours.”

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Beirut, City of Lights

By / February 2017

One of the world’s oldest cities, Beirut is also among the Middle East’s most diverse, with sizable populations of many Muslim and Christian sects. Photographer Scott Lashinsky sends these pictures of Beirut’s many colors.

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