By Roy Armes
During this landmark dictionary, Roy Armes info the scope and variety of filmmaking around the Arab heart East. directory greater than 550 function motion pictures by way of extra than 250 filmmakers, and brief and documentary motion pictures through one other 900 filmmakers, this quantity covers the movie construction in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and the Gulf States. An advent by way of Armes locates movie and filmmaking traditions in the sector from early efforts within the silent period to state-funded productions through remoted filmmakers and politically engaged documentarians. half 1 lists biographical information regarding the filmmakers and their characteristic motion pictures. half 2 info key characteristic motion pictures from the international locations represented. half three indexes feature-film titles in English and French with information about the director, date, and state of beginning.
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In the 1950s and 1960s, there are two, little documented, features produced by the Palestinian pioneer Ibrahim Hassan Sirhan, who had been driven into exile into what was then Trans-Jordan, a patriotic piece by the Palestinian-born Mohamed Kaouach, and two 1969 works on the Palestine liberation struggle by Abdel Wahab al-Hindi. More recently, but 16 years apart, there have been two 19 features whose status as “Jordanian” has been contested, the French-financed An Oriental Story (1991), directed by Najdat Ismaïl Anzur, who has dual Jordanian-Syrian nationality, and Captain Abu Raed (2007), made by Amin Matalqa, who was brought up and trained in the United States, where he is now resident and where he found funding for his film.
And a half years later. 35 Unsurprisingly, there is little film production in Syria before 1970: one feature in the 1940s, two in the 1950s, and just five in the 1960s. Syrian cinema of the time was best known for the comedies starring Dureid Lah- Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East 12 The Night (1992, Syria) Mohamed Malas’s second feature film, The Night, is the first part of a projected trilogy, of which his first feature, City Dreams (1984), forms the second stage. The third part, Cinema al-Dunya, has not been realized.
But later, particularly after the dispersion of Palestinians after their expulsion from Lebanon in 1975, “revolutionary Palestinian cinema” takes on a much broader geographical identity, both in terms of filmmakers and of funding and commissioning sources. 62 Some of these were the work of Palestinians such as Abu Ali, Ghalib Sha’ath, and Ismaïl Chammout, but others were directed by filmmakers from other Arab states, such as the Lebanese Rafic Hajjar, Fu’ad Zantut, and Jean Chamoun, the Jordanian Adnan Madanat, and the Iraqis Samir Nimr, Qays al-Zubaydi, and Qassim Hawal (who also later made the feature film Return to Haifa , from the novel by Ghassan Kana- 22 Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East Divine Intervention (2002, Palestine) Elia Suleiman’s second feature-length film, Divine Intervention, confirms his place as the most idiosyncratic of Palestinian filmmakers.
Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East: A Dictionary by Roy Armes