Women's and Gender Studies 298. Experimental Courses
Contemporary Filmmaking in the Middle East
This course examines narrative and documentary feature films by groundbreaking contemporary filmmakers in the Middle East. Giving particular attention to work by women filmmakers, our objectives will be: (1) to understand the social and political context that shapes filmmaking practices in the region and (2) to investigate how film has been used to craft cinematic representations of everyday life in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Palestine/Israel, Syria, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Over the course of the semester, we will engage critically with a selection of films in Arabic (with English subtitles) by filmmakers that convey humanistic storytelling through a strong point of view. We will consider how narrative, cinematography, editing, and sound come together in a range of approaches to critique, contradict, and comment on historical events and political realities. An exploration of themes of humor, romantic love, family history, gendered roles, and political violence will be weaved throughout the course. Required weekly film viewing.