MES 381 • CINEMA OF THE MIDDLE EAST
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
The course is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students of Middle Eastern cultures and languages, film/media studies, and all students interested in the cinematic expression of national, religious, and ethnic identities in the Middle East. The Cinema of the Middle East will explore the social, cultural, political, and economic contexts in which films are made and consumed. The course will employ a variety of film theories, including postcolonial, feminist, and semiotic to provide the analytical tools for critical media analysis.
Undergrad: Class presentation 10%; reaction papers 15%; term paper 20%; crticial film reviews 20%; attendance and participation 15%; final exam 20%. Graduate: Extra paper 20%
- Malkmus, Lizbeth & Armes, Roy. Arab and African Film Making. - Shafik, Viola. Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity. - Shohat, Ella. Israeli Cinema. - Tapper, Richard (ed.) The New Iranian Cinema: Politics, Representation and Identity. - Course reader