Thu, February 8, 2007 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
Alwan for the Arts Presents
Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema Edited with an Introduction by Hamid Dabashi
Book Reading/Signing and Screening of Scenes from Elia Suliman’s Divine Intervention
Thursday, February 8, 2007, 7:00 PM
Open and free to the public Refreshments will be served
Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema
A lively celebration of the genius and power of Palestinian cinema with a preface by Edward Said
Over the last quarter-century, Palestinian cinema has emerged as a major artistic force on the global scene. Deeply rooted in the historic struggles for national self-determination, this cinema is the single most important artistic expression of a much-maligned people. Despite the extraordinary social and artistic significance of Palestinian film, there is no single volume in which its political and aesthetic aspects are carefully examined. Dreams of a Nation, a collection of essays and interviews in which filmmakers, critics and scholars reflect on its production and impact, is the most comprehensive book on Palestinian cinema in any language. Included are essays by: Bashir Abu-Manneh, Hamid Dabashi, Nizar Hassan, Annemarie Jacir, Michel Khleifi, Joseph Massad, Hamid Naficy, Omar Al-Qattan, Edward Said, Ella Shohat
Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the founder of Dreams of a Nation: A Palestinian Film Project, committed to the preservation and dissemination of Palestinian cinema. He is the author of 12 books, edited 4, and contributed chapters to many more. He is also the author of over 100 essays, articles and book reviews in major scholarly and peer reviewed journals on subjects ranging from Iranian Studies, Shi’ism, Medieval and Modern Islamic Intellectual History, Comparative Literature, World Cinema, Trans-aesthetics, Trans-national Art, Philosophy, Mysticism, Theology, Post-colonial Theory and Cultural Studies. www.hamiddabashi.com
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