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Middle Eastern Cinema

This module will introduce students to established and emerging cinemas from the Middle East. Students will view films from Iran, Turkey, Israel and the Arab world (the Levant and North Africa) to understand the socio-cultural and historical context in which these films were produced and screened. The module will also focus on the ways in which Middle Eastern films provide a portal into a wider set of social, cultural and political issues that have marked the history of the region.

The texts studied are likely to include:

  • Dabashi, Hamid. 2001. Close-Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present, and Future. London: Verso
  • Dabashi, Hamid, ed. 2006. Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema. London: Verso
  • Dönmez-Colin, Gönül, ed. 2007. The Cinema of North Africa and the Middle East. London and New York: Wallflower Press
  • Dönmez-Colin, Gönül. 2008. Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance and Belonging. London: Reaktion Books
  • Shafik, Viola. 1998. Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity. Cairo: American University in Cairo
  • Shohat, Ella. 1989. Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation. Austin: University of Texas Press

Coordinator:  Professor Abir Hamdar

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