The El Gouna Film Festival is attempting to make a splash on the Arab cinema scene, but what will determine its success is the extent to which it can push envelopes—politically and aesthetically—with the films it backs.
Turkey’s flourishing relationship with the Kurdistan Regional Government (K.R.G.) has been one bright spot in Ankara’s troubled foreign policy record in the last few years. Now Turkey is threatening economic sanctions and military action against the K.R.G. over Erbil’s decision to hold an independence vote.