Film in the Middle East and North Africa

Creative Dissidence

Edited by Josef Gugler

Nine essays presenting the major national cinemas, from Iran to Morocco, are complemented by in-depth discussions of eighteen films that have been sel

English edition
368 pp.
55 b/w illus.
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774164248
For sale only in the Middle East

$39.95

Nine essays presenting the major national cinemas, from Iran to Morocco, are complemented by in-depth discussions of eighteen films that have been selected for both their excellence and their critical engagement with pressing current issues. The introduction provides a comprehensive overview of filmmaking throughout the region, including important films produced outside the national cinemas. The long history of Iranian cinema, its international renown, and the politics of directors confronting the state, earns it a special place in this volume. The other major emphasis is on the Israel/Palestine conflict, featuring films by Palestinian directors, Israelis, and an Egyptian working in Syria. Twenty contributors, from film and literary scholars to film directors and a novelist, bring to this unique volume differences in disciplinary orientation and variation in the perspectives that inform their writing. Together they offer an illuminating range of approaches to the cinemas of the region.

Josef Gugler

Josef Gugler is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Connecticut, where he continues to teach on the cinemas of the Middle East and Africa.
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