Ten Arab Filmmakers

Ten Arab Filmmakers : Political Dissent and Social Critique

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 16mm | 379.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 40 b&w illus.
  • 0253016525
  • 9780253016522

About Josef Gugler

Josef Gugler is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of African Film: Re-Imagining a Continent (IUP, 2003) and editor of Film in the Middle East and North Africa: Creative Dissidence.show more

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"Gugler has done an admirable job taking the reader on a complex but passionate journey through the work of ten Arab fi lmmakers." -Black Camera "Ten Arab Filmmakers contributes in a positive, meaningful way to the general advancement of MENA studies in American institutions of higher education, encouraging students and the general public to learn about the Arab world from diverse perspectives." -Journal of North African Studies "Ten Arab Filmmakers represents a timely and important resource for educators, scholars, and students." -Studies in Eastern European Cinema "Illustrated with arresting stills and superbly edited, this volume is sharp, incisive, and thought provoking.... Essential." -Choice "This volume offers perceptive essays on ten filmmakers from the Arab world, covering a wide span of countries and representing older as well as younger generations. Free of academic jargon and notable for their general accessibility, the essays, by authors from a variety of disciplines, provide biographies of the directors, characterize their dominant interests, themes, and aesthetic concerns, and closely examine individual films. The collection greatly enriches our understanding of the strains and tensions within individual countries and across the region, helping us appreciate the complexity of the region's filmmaking context and the region's immense cultural vitality." -Kevin Dwyer, author of Beyond Casablanca: M. A. Tazi and the Adventure of Moroccan Cinema "[A] welcome addition to the scholarship on Arab film.... [I]ncludes a rich and well selected mix of important directors from across the region [and offers] an authoritative and comprehensive accounting of each director's biography, his or her important works, and the political, social, and cultural contexts in which she or he has worked. Clearly written and accessible, Ten Arab Filmmakers will be a welcome addition to university courses on Arab cinema. It will inform students' viewings of these filmmakers' works and facilitate their understanding of the contexts from which they emerged and in which they circulate." -Nadia Yaqub, University of North Carolinashow more

Table of contents

Introduction: Auteur Directors, Political Dissent, and Social Critique Josef Gugler1. Nabil Maleh: Syria's Leopard (Syria) Christa Salamandra2. Jocelyne Saab: A Lifetime Journey in Search of Freedom and Beauty (Lebanon) Dalia Said Mostafa3. Michel Khleifi: Filmmaker of Memory (Palestine) Tim Kennedy4. Elia Suleiman: Narrating Negative Space (Palestine) Refqa Abu-Remaileh5. Youssef Chahine: Devouring Mimicries or Juggling with Self and Other (Egypt) Viola Shafik6. Daoud Abd El-Sayed: Parody and Borderline Existence (Egypt) Viola Shafik7. Yousry Nasrallah: The Pursuit of Autonomy in the Arab and European Film Markets (Egypt) Benjamin Geer8. Mohamed Chouikh: From Anti-colonial Commemoration to a Cinema of Contestation (Algeria) Guy Austin9. Merzak Allouache: (Self-)Censorship, Social Critique and the Limits of Political Engagement in Contemporary Algerian Cinema (Algeria) Will Higbee10. Nabil Ayouch: Transgression, Identity, and Difference (Morocco) Jonathan SmolinFilm IndexName Indexshow more