SAGHAR SETAREH Special Guest Food

Presentation of the book “Pomegranates & Artichokes Recipes and memories of a journey from Iran to Italy” and a cooking demonstration at the Scuola d’Arte Culinaria Cordon Bleu – Sunday 15 October Among the special guest at this edition there is Iranian writer and food photographer Saghar Setareh, born in Tehran and based in Rome. “Pomegranates

Middle East Now is also online! Have a look at the films in streaming at Più Compagnia

From 6 to 11 October 2020 you can watch the films of this edition in streaming, even with extra contents, accessing the Più Compagnia virtual screenig room, with a single subscription of € 9.90 euros. A platform in collaboration with MyMovies. Access the virtual screening room Più Compagnia: Tuesday 6 October Festival Opening Film

Food special guest will be ANISSA HELOU, the acclaimed chef and author of bestsellers of Middle Eastern cuisine

Anissa Helou will be in Florence with a presentation of her last book “Feast: Food of the Islamic World”, and a special cooking demonstration dedicated to the different ways of making bread in the Islamic world. Saturday, April 6 (10:30am / 1:00pm) at the Cordon Bleu School. For info and reservations: Anissa Helou (

“Hashtag # Middleast” is the theme of the festival 2018

Middle East Now wants to to tag the strong themes of the contemporary Middle East, among internet, social media and real changes within the society. The 2018 edition of the festival looks at the contemporary Middle East through an unusual observation lens: the hashtag symbol used every day by millions of people to tell their stories. Hashtag


It’s now open the Call for Submissions of the 8th edition of Middle East Now, that will be held in Florence from 4 to 9 April 2017. We are looking for feature films, documentaries, shorts and animation films produced in 2015-2016-2017 and coming from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE and Yemen. If you want to participate with a feature film,