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Lecture

Arab Women and Cinema


Department
English
Course Code
ENGC51H3
Professor
Maria Assif

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Tuesday February 25 2013
Agenda:
Self reflection- self assessment due Thursday to professor VIA e-mail
Explicit terms what you did, the achievements you accomplished: Task and hours
Candid evaluation of your work: what you did well, and what you didn’t do well,
areas for improvement
Assessment of your peers—separately (individual)
Arab Women and Cinema
Arab women want to be apart of respectable film that preserve their honour
Get a lot of money that encourages them to stay away from the movie industry
because it is not “Islamic”
Egypt phenomenon of retiring actresses
Now there are foreign actors coming in
Downfall of Egyptian cinema- lack of political and economic stability
Second issue of concern is foreign presence, how can we think of Arab cinema
when it is finalized in western countries? Does foreign presence justify the fact
that these Arab movies can be successful through foreign presence
Got o foreign country to get degree in cinema studies, which causes their movies
coming from there
Increase in movie festivals, encourages Arab women in these kinds of movies
Dubai Film Festival- huge deal includes arab and western movies; has section for
women film makers, tries to hide its variety
Marakesh Film Festival Morocco- western and eastern cinema- mixes it
Piracy- big issue Morocco- before movie coming out in theaters its in market
Industry has to find way to criminalize the piracy- but issue cause of economics
4 names of Arab Women Film Makers
Farida Belyazid- Moroccan (sufi?)
Ruba Nadda- Lebanese Canadian (made blockbuster movies, Cairo times- geared
towards western audience) critics critique her movies as making male arab men as
being exotic
Inas El Degheiidy- Egyptian- most movies censored in Egypt to some extent is
because of her audacity to have graphic sexual scenes, dating, what it means to
have pleasure during sexual intercourse
Jocelyn Saab- Lebanese and Egyptian- she talks about social issues in very candid
terms, veiling ethnic taboos and religious taboos
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