Ten Arab Filmmakers

Ten Arab Filmmakers : Political Dissent and Social Critique

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Ten Arab Filmmakers provides an up-to-date overview of the best of Arab cinema, offering studies of leading directors and in-depth analyses of their most important films. The filmmakers profiled here represent principal national cinemas of the Arab world-Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Syria. Although they have produced many of the region's most-renowned films and gained recognition at major international festivals, with few exceptions these filmmakers have received little critical attention. All ten share a concern with giving image and voice to people struggling against authoritarian regimes, patriarchal traditions, or religious fundamentalism-theirs is a cinema engage.

The featured directors are Daoud Abd El-Sayed, Merzak Allouache, Nabil Ayouch, Youssef Chahine, Mohamed Chouikh, Michel Khleifi, Nabil Maleh, Yousry Nasrallah, Jocelyne Saab, and Elia Suleiman.
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Product details

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

Table of contents

Introduction: Auteur Directors, Political Dissent, and Social Critique Josef Gugler
1. Nabil Maleh: Syria's Leopard (Syria) Christa Salamandra
2. Jocelyne Saab: A Lifetime Journey in Search of Freedom and Beauty (Lebanon) Dalia Said Mostafa
3. Michel Khleifi: Filmmaker of Memory (Palestine) Tim Kennedy
4. Elia Suleiman: Narrating Negative Space (Palestine) Refqa Abu-Remaileh
5. Youssef Chahine: Devouring Mimicries or Juggling with Self and Other (Egypt) Viola Shafik
6. Daoud Abd El-Sayed: Parody and Borderline Existence (Egypt) Viola Shafik
7. Yousry Nasrallah: The Pursuit of Autonomy in the Arab and European Film Markets (Egypt) Benjamin Geer
8. Mohamed Chouikh: From Anti-colonial Commemoration to a Cinema of Contestation (Algeria) Guy Austin
9. Merzak Allouache: (Self-)Censorship, Social Critique and the Limits of Political Engagement in Contemporary Algerian Cinema (Algeria) Will Higbee
10. Nabil Ayouch: Transgression, Identity, and Difference (Morocco) Jonathan Smolin

Film Index
Name Index
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Review quote

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 * 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 * 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 *
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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.
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