Ten Arab Filmmakers
Fig. 1. Ten Arab Filmmakers. Courtesy of Indiana University Press, 2015.

Indiana University Press publishes a new book titled "Ten Arab Filmmakers: Political Dissent and Social Critique" edited by Josef Gugler from the University of Connecticut.

Publication Data

Gugler, Josef (Ed.). Ten Arab Filmmakers: Political Dissent and Social Critique. Indiana University Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-253-01652-2.


Ten Arab Filmmakers provides an up-to-date overview of the best of Arab cinema, offering studies of leading directors and in-depth analyses of their most important films. The filmmakers profiled here represent principal national cinemas of the Arab world—Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Syria. Although they have produced many of the region’s most-renowned films and gained recognition at major international festivals, with few exceptions these filmmakers have received little critical attention. All ten share a concern with giving image and voice to people struggling against authoritarian regimes, patriarchal traditions, or religious fundamentalism—theirs is a cinéma engagé.

The featured directors are Daoud Abd El-Sayed, Merzak Allouache, Nabil Ayouch, Youssef Chahine, Mohamed Chouikh, Michel Khleifi, Nabil Maleh, Yousry Nasrallah, Jocelyne Saab, and Elia Suleiman.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Auteur Directors, Political Dissent, and Social Critique
1. Nabil Maleh: Syria’s Leopard (Syria)
2. Jocelyne Saab: A Lifetime Journey in Search of Freedom and Beauty (Lebanon)
3. Michel Khleifi: Filmmaker of Memory (Palestine)
4. Elia Suleiman: Narrating Negative Space (Palestine)
5. Youssef Chahine: Devouring Mimicries or Juggling with Self and Other (Egypt)
6. Daoud Abd El-Sayed: Parody and Borderline Existence (Egypt)
7. Yousry Nasrallah: The Pursuit of Autonomy in the Arab and European Film Markets (Egypt)
8. Mohamed Chouikh: From Anti-colonial Commemoration to a Cinema of Contestation (Algeria)
9. Merzak Allouache: (Self-)Censorship, Social Critique and the Limits of Political Engagement in Contemporary Algerian Cinema (Algeria)
10. Nabil Ayouch: Transgression, Identity, and Difference (Morocco)
Film Index
Name Index

About the Author

Josef Gugler is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of African Film: Re-Imagining a Continent (IUP, 2003) and editor of Film in the Middle East and North Africa: Creative Dissidence.

To order the book online visit the Indiana University Press website.