The Middle East Through Cinema
The UN estimates the urban population in the Middle East and North Africa (M.E.N.A) will reach 430 million by 2020. 280 million, over 65%, are expected to live in urban environments. This course will examine how filmmakers in the region have been grappling with this phenomenon and how film, as a medium, can illuminate the experience of social existence en masse. The class will center on key films from the Twenty-First Century about life in four of the largest metropolises in the region: Casablanca, Cairo, Tel Aviv and Tehran. Students will be expected to view the films, in their entirety, either during special screening hours or independently. Readings and additional screening material will accompany each film. Assignments will include two papers and a final presentation.
Ali Zaoua (2000, Morocco), Nabil Ayouch
Ten (2002, Iran), Abbas Kiarostami
Or (2004, Israel), Keren Yedaya
Yacoubian Building (2006, Egypt), Marwan Hamed