Encyclopedia of Arab women filmmakers / Rebecca Hillauer ; translated by Allison Brown, Deborah Cohen, and Nancy Joyce.

Hillauer, Rebecca [Browse]
Uniform title
Rev. and updated ed.
Cairo ; New York : American University in Cairo Press, c2005.
vii, 484 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


Summary note
"Arab women filmmakers: Who are they? What drives them? What are their experiences in a male-dominated profession? How do they function within the contexts - and constraints - of patriarchal societies? The answers are complex and sometimes surprising, as complex and surprising as the vastly different films these women direct. In this unprecedented book, Rebecca Hillauer assembles a comprehensive and penetrating look into the history of Arab women's filmmaking, as well as the political and social background of the countries - Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Algeria, among others - from which these artists emerged." "In addition to the biographies, filmographies, and discussions of their most important works, lively, in-depth interviews allow us to hear from the filmmakers themselves. Collectively, these women, who hail from a wide range of professional, religious, and social backgrounds, provide a varied and vivid picture of what it means to work in creative and journalistic fields in the modern Arab world. For Hillauer, the subject of a film, its genesis, and the personal story of the artist who created it reveal far more than a particular approach to cinematography. Arab women filmmakers and their main characters (who are often semi-autobiographical) not only afford us a look at seldom-seen facets of Arab societies, they personify an alternative women's 'model, ' one that is far removed from western cliches."--Jacket.
Originally published in German Freiraume, Lebenstraume, 2001.
Bibliographic references
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 459-468) and indexes.
  • Includes filmographies.
Action note
Committed to retain in perpetuity — ReCAP Shared Collection (HUL)
  • Egypt
  • The Mashreq: Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Yemen
  • The Maghreb: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia
  • Other countries
  • Other filmmakers.
Place name(s)
Egypt Cairo.
Other title(s)
University press scholarship online.
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  • 9789774249433
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