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Articles from Vol. 43, No. 2, Fall

Anyone at Home? Itinerant Identities in European Cinema of the 1990s
It might come as a surprise to find an article on European cinema in a special issue devoted to Middle Eastern cinema. I would like to propose here that a discussion of Turkish cinema and its nexus with European funding schemes complicates and enriches...
A Symphony of Absence: Borders and Liminality in Elia Suleiman's Chronicle of a Disappearance
'. . . that's where Jesus is said to have walked over water. Now it's a gastronomic sewer, filled with excrement, shit of American and German tourists who eat Chinese food, it now forms a crust on the surface of the lake. Anyone can walk over water and...
A Tale of Three Cities: Amos Gitai's Urban Trilogy
Trilogy is an artistic form much loved by European art cinema. Among the well known cinematic trilogies in European art cinema are Pier Paolo Pasolini's 'trilogy of life'1 and Jean-Luc Godard's 'trilogy of the sublime.'2 It is not surprising that two...
Class Difference, Nation and Subjectivity: Two Egyptian Documentaries
Class difference is one of the most recurrent topics of Egyptian cinema. Questions of class underpin almost every genre; mainstream fiction as well as more committed, so-called 'Middle Cinema.' The motifs of an aspired but often thwarted social ascent...
'Hidden, Unsaid, Taboo' in Moroccan Cinema: Abdelkader Lagtaa's Challenge to Authority
Introduction1The Moroccan film-maker Abdelkader Lagtaa has been described by some national critics as 'affirming provocation as an artistic principle,' as creating a cinema that is 'disturbing, not comforting'; as we shall see, he describes his own work...
James Longley Interview
American documentary filmmaker James Longley traveled to the Gaza Strip in January, 2001, intending to stay for two weeks to collect preliminary material for a film about the Palestinian intifada. He stayed another three months, filming throughout the...
Let Me in, Let Me out, Going Places and Going Back
Israeli and Palestinian histories have been dominated by the homogenizing demands of nationalism. However, experiences of exile, memories of a diaspora, and conflicting narratives of place inscribed in the collective imageries and realities of both societies...
Making Films with an Accent: Iranian ÉMigré Cinema
In April 1989, the Los Angeles International Film Festival canceled at the last minute the premiere of Veiled Threat (U.S., 1989), directed by IranianAmerican filmmaker Cyrus Nowrasteh, because of a bomb threat-a controversial action that highlighted...
Middle Eastern Media Arts: An Introduction
Consider the following set of snapshots:1: During a Modern Language Association conference panel on West Asian and Mediterranean cinemas, an elderly American scholar asked in frustration whether there is an authentic Middle Eastern cinema. He was particularly...
Occupied Territories: Mapping the Transgressions of Cultural Terrain1
an interview-essay with Jayce Salloum and Molly Hankwitz on some of the video works of Jayce SalloumMolly Hankwitz: As a video artist/cultural producer who has worked on a specific geographic region of the globe, the Middle East, the politics of representation...
Solitude and Fragments1: Introducing the Video Work of Mounir Fatmi
Born in 1970 in the working class neighborhood of Casa Barrata in Tangiers, Mounir Fatmi is today one of the most prolific (video) artists in Morocco. His complex avant-garde work examines language, rituals, the body, and the politics and ethics of difference....
This Day
Between the age of fifteen and nineteen, and right before going to bed, I used to write personal daily reports on the military situation in the different parts of Lebanon, still plunged in the middle on a civil war then, and subject to continuous Israeli...
When the Exiled Films Home
When you come from a nation that has experienced a national tragedy and found no means to resolve its aftermath you find yourself caged inside public pain. It is in this space, the cage, that the private and the public become so intertwined that you...
Yesim Ustaoglu Interview
Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu completed her second feature, Gunese Yolculuk/Journey to the Sun (Turkey/Germany/Netherlands) in 1999. This interview took place at the '99 Edinburgh Festival and focuses on her new release. Ustaoglu began making cinema...
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