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.
Nadine Labaki, Lebanon
Director Nadine Labaki's Where Do We Go Now? premiered at Cannes this year and was a smash hit in her native Lebanon. She picked up the people's choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival and eventually got wide release in the United States as well. It follows her earlier success, Caramel. Though heavy on humor, both films — which star Labaki — wrestle with questions like the coexistence of different religions.