Poignancy and Memoir in Documentary
Source of Publication
The Cinema of Muhammad Malas
This chapter contextualizes Malas's documentaries in relation to Arab documentary and to contemporary documentary theory. Dedicated to marginalized issues and figures in Arab society, each one offers a poignant view of Arab society. Quneitra 74 (1974) and Memory (1975) challenge traditional norms of documentary in the Arab world. Light and Shadows (1994), Moudarres (1995), and Aleppo: Maqaamat of Pleasure (1996) are "films of gratitude," focusing on three important artists"”a filmmaker, a painter, and a traditional singer"”in Syrian history. His memoir films, The Dream (1987) and Over the Sand, Under the Sun (1998), focus, respectively, on the nocturnal dreams of Palestinian refugees in the camps of Lebanon and the prison literature of Ghassan Al-Jabai through a hybridized form that mixes theater with poetry.
Springer International Publishing
Arts and Humanities
Alkassim, Samirah and Andary, Nezar, "Poignancy and Memoir in Documentary" (2018). All Works. 2700.
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