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Nida Manzoor’s Action-Packed ‘Polite Society’

Nida Manzoor, the creator of award-winning television series We Are Lady Parts, writes and directs her debut feature film, Polite Society. The film is about a British teenage girl who tries to use her martial arts skills to stop her older sister from marrying into the wrong family. Starring Priya Kansara as “Ria Khan,” a teenager who dreams of becoming a stuntwoman, and Ritu Arya as “Lena Khan,” Ria’s sister, this is an exciting action comedy that grapples with sisterhood, immigrant culture, and growing up. read more.

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Tamara Madden’s Royal Paintings Dazzle Forever

“I have always been an artist. I have always been a creative soul… A lover of all things creative.” – Tamara Madden, 2011

Some of the best works of art have been produced during high adversity and turmoil. For centuries, artists  have been able to showcase their creative abilities despite what personal matters may surround them.… read more.

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Jennifer Lopez Tackles Parenthood in Niki Caro’s ‘The Mother’

Jennifer Lopez is on a roll with her second film this year, The Mother. The Mother is an action-drama about an unnamed ex-military sniper who must protect her daughter Zoe from the troubles of her past. It is an action-packed, emotional story, with an aura of mystique that keeps the audience anticipating what will happen next.… read more.

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Maryam Eivazi’s Superb Scribbles at Ruttkowski;68

Recently, on an internet-age first date at the Met, I meditated with a man I just met on the value of scribbles. Posed in front of a Cy Twombley entitled “Dutch Interior,” I pointed to thin pencil marks on the imposing canvas, crayon scrawls and scratched-in numbers. He seemed less than impressed.

“Isn’t it interesting how all graffiti is the same?”read more.

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Rain & Sunshine in Mira Nair’s ‘Monsoon Wedding: The Musical’

Monsoon Wedding comes to a close exactly as its name suggests. Rain, falling in steady streams around the celebration, encloses the wonderful ensemble of characters in rectangular reverie. Carnations swing from the balcony, and rows of unfurled drapery hang in vibrant orange and reds. The show’s fused families, not assured that this wedding would take place at all, twist their hands in careful flourishes that rival even the most classic of Bollywood movies.read more.

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Constructing a ‘Record’: On Ma délire: Songs of love, lost and found

One of the most distinctly human tendencies might be the cataloging of things: making lists, records, organizing them by shape, color, alphabetical order. For as long as I can personally remember, I have been obsessed with collecting and keeping artifacts from places I’ve been: movie tickets, plane tickets, museum tickets.… read more.

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