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Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmakers

Rebecca Hillauer

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9789774249433
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190089 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774249433.001.0001
Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmakers

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Who are the Arab women filmakers? What drives them? What are their experiences in a male-dominated profession? How do they function within the contexts — and constraints — of patriarchal societies? The answers are complex and sometimes surprising, as complex and surprising as the vastly different films these women direct. This book assembles a comprehensive and penetrating look into the history of Arab women's filmmaking, as well as the political and social background of the countries — Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Algeria, among others — from which these artists emerged. In addition to the biographies, filmographies, and discussions of their most important works, lively, in-depth interviews allow us to hear from the filmmakers themselves. Collectively, these women, who hail from a wide range of professional, religious, and social backgrounds, provide a varied and vivid picture of what it means to work in creative and journalistic fields in the modern Arab world. For this book, the subject of a film, its genesis, and the personal story of the artist who created it reveal far more than a particular approach to cinematography. Arab women filmmakers and their main characters (who are often semi-autobiographical) not only afford us a look at seldom-seen facets of Arab societies, they personify an alternative women's “model,” one that is far removed from western clichés.

Keywords: Arab women; women filmmakers; filmographies; biographies; cinematography; interviews

Book.  352 pages.  Illustrated.

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