ARA 384C • CONTEMPORARY ARABIC CINEMA
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Starting with a historical overview of the rise and development of Arabic cinema, this course investigates representations of gender, politics, music, and religion in the context of well-established cinematic genres. We will examine musicals, historical and political films, comedies, and diaspora and exilic films. Though our primary focus will be on Egyptian cinema, the largest in the Arab world, we will also investigate the effects of cinematic decentralization and of Western productions on Arabic films. We will also consider the effects of Satellite Television and the internet on the development of Arabic cinema. We will watch films by Hassan al-Imam, Youssef Chahine, Enas el-Deghedi, Mufida Tlatli, Youssri Nasrallah, Ziad Doueiri, and Nouri Bouzeid and read texts by Viola Shafiq, Ibrahim Fawal, Hamid Nafici, and Joel Gordon. This course will be taught in Arabic.
Class Participation 20% 2 Reaction Papers 20% Final Paper 60%