Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema by Ginsberg, TerriHistorical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema by Ginsberg, Terri

Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema

byGinsberg, Terri, Chris Lippard

Hardcover | March 11, 2010

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The Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema covers the production and exhibition of cinema in the Middle East and in communities whose heritage is from the region and whose films commonly reflect this background. It covers the cinemas of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. In addition, it includes the non-Arab states of Turkey and Iran, as well as the Jewish state of Israel. To a substantial degree, cinema has served to define the character of the peoples and nations of the Middle East. With that in mind, the content and arrangement of entries in this volume works to introduce and emphasize both the national and transnational character of Middle Eastern cinema, which includes not only its indigenous but its colonial aspects as well, both external and internal to the geographical regions themselves. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on individual films, filmmakers, and actors. It also covers the range of cinematic modes, from documentary to fiction, representational to animation, generic to experimental, mainstream to avant-garde, and entertainment to propaganda.
Terri Ginsberg is a director at the International Council for Middle East Studies in Washington, D.C. She is the editor of a special issue on media and film of the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, and the author of Holocaust Film: The Political Aesthetics of Ideology. Chris Lippard is assistant professor of Film ...
Title:Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern CinemaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 8.92 × 5.87 × 1.6 inPublished:March 11, 2010Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810860902

ISBN - 13:9780810860902

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As a preface, [the Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema asks] about the future of these types of cinema which flourish in the Middle East. It is difficult to predict what will come of low-distribution films which are prey to the giants of Hollywood and Bollywood. Whatever may happen, we can only be thankful for this dictionary, the main aim of which is to make the gems of Middle Eastern cinema accessible to a large audience. They regretfully tend to stay inaccessible to an audience that does not speak the language of the film or, in some cases, the film's limited budget means that it cannot see international distribution. Most of these films have been resounding successes in their own country and there is a cinematic treasure trove to discover in Europe, for example. They are the torch of a generation and a nation that builds itself through imagination and the aesthetics of film and it is our duty as researchers to make sure that as living memory such films do not fall into oblivion.