"Salata Baladi" screening

Nadia Kamal's documentary "Salata Baladi" is playing at the Cairo Jesuit Cinema Club this Friday at 6pm. If you haven't seen the film, I recommend you check it out. It's not perfect (a common criticism is that it should have been edited a bit more tightly), but it's definitely good, and the multi-ethnic, multi-faith Egyptian family it focuses on is incredibly captivating. The story of an Egyptian woman of Jewish/Italian origins who (among other things) ends up visiting long-lost Israeli cousins, the film has been accused of having a "pro-normalization" agenda and  has stirred quite a bit of debate in this regard. 

Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.