Viola Shafik studied Film and Middle Eastern Studies in Hamburg and works as a film scholar, creative
consultant, and filmmaker. She has directed several documentaries, most notably My Name Is Not Ali
(2011) and Arij: Scent of Revolution (2014). She is the author of Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender,
Class, and Nation (AUC Press, 2007) and Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity (revised and
updated edition, AUC Press, 2016).