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.
Khalid Al Zadjali, Oman
Khalid Al Zadjali is working to put Oman on the cinematic map. He directed what are considered the country's first two feature films, including the recently released Aseel about an eponymous Bedouin boy. As he works to transfer the Gulf state's narratives onto the big screen, he also oversees the annual Muscat International Film Festival.
(Photo: Omani Association for Cinema)