Other Countries

Rebecca Hillauer

in Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmakers

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9789774249433
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190089 | DOI:
Other Countries

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Filmmaking in the rest of the Arab realm is only rudimentary in its development. In Sudan as well as Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates native productions have remained largely limited to documentaries, short films, and films for television. Mass audiences are fed foreign-made commercial films in the cinemas and on television that must first pass through the strict scrutiny of the censors. The number of feature films that have been made so far can be counted on the fingers of one's hand. Many filmmakers like Saba Ghada from Jordan, Nadra Al Sultan from Kuwait, Hizam Al Kilani from Saudi Arabia, and Nujoom Al Ghaneem from United Arab Emirates live and work outside their native countries.

Keywords: filmmaking; documentaries; films; cinema; television; feature films; censors; filmmakers

Chapter.  1498 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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