Even as world headlines from the Middle East focus on upheaval and violence, the region's culture continues to thrive. Here's our look at some groups and individuals making their mark on arts and culture in the region, in no particular order.
Deena Amr, Jordan
Jordan isn't famous for its cinema, but young director and screenwriter Deena Amr is helping change that perception. Her first feature film, A 7 Hour Difference made a splash at the 2011 Dubai International Film Festival. The film portrays the struggles of Dalia, who is back home in Amman from her studies in the United States for her sister's wedding. When her American boyfriend shows up, the relationship thrusts questions around women, culture and religion. Amr's film screened in June at the Manhattan International Film Festival in New York.
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