Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East

Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East

A Dictionary
Roy Armes
Distribution: World
Publication date: 8/2/2010
Format: cloth 216 pages
7 x 10 x .8125
ISBN: 978-0-253-35518-8
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 2011
In this landmark dictionary, Roy Armes details the scope and diversity of filmmaking across the Arab Middle East. Listing more than 550 feature films by more than 250 filmmakers, and short and documentary films by another 900 filmmakers, this volume covers the film production in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and the Gulf States. An introduction by Armes locates film and filmmaking traditions in the region from early efforts in the silent era to state-funded productions by isolated filmmakers and politically engaged documentarians. Part 1 lists biographical information about the filmmakers and their feature films. Part 2 details key feature films from the countries represented. Part 3 indexes feature-film titles in English and French with details about the director, date, and country of origin.

Author Bio

Roy Armes is Professor Emeritus of Film at Middlesex University. He has published widely on world cinema and is author of Dictionary of African Filmmakers (IUP, 2008).


"Given the breadth of sources, depth of subject coverage, and excellence of the author, this volume is a necessary purchase for academic and large public libraries. . . . Essential." —Choice , April 2011

"This is a unique resource that is scholarly and comprehensive in its coverage. It will be useful in academic libraries with extensive film collections a well as in larger public libraries with comprehensive film collections." —
American Reference Books Annual

"[Armes] has produced an excellent essay about the interaction of politics and cinema in the Arab world, which is worth consulting by anyone interested in this topic. Further, Armes has created a great resource for the study of Arab documentaries, and the book will become an important work for just this reason." —MELA Notes

"Constitutes a 'counter-reading' of received views and assumptions about the absence of Arab cinema in the Middle East." —Michael T. Martin, Black Film Center/Archive, Indiana University

"Essential for libraries and useful for individual readers who will find essays on subjects rarely treated in English." —American University in Cairo

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Table of Contents

Note on Layout
List of Acronyms

Introduction: Filmmaking in Divided Lands
Part 1. Dictionary of Filmmakers
Part 2. Feature-Film Chronologies
Part 3. Index of Feature-Film Titles

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