Title

The Cinema of Memory

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Samirah Alkassim
Nezar Andary

Document Type

Book Chapter

Source of Publication

The Cinema of Muhammad Malas

Publication Date

6-29-2018

Abstract

Recognized as gems of Arab film history, Ahlam al-Medina (Dreams of the City), 1984, and Al Layl (The Night), 1992, reveal the distinctive cinematic voice of Muhammad Malas. Both films are quasi-autobiographical journeys that poetically interrogate his memories of Syria, from a coming-of-age story set in Damascus in the 1950s to a poetic meditation on the loss of his ancestral home, the city of Quneitra. This latter film calls on the indexicality and punctum of photography to reflect on the failures of Arab nationalism and limits of memory. Malas deftly blurs the lines between realism and fiction, past and present, and truth and history as characters confront Palestine, Arab Nationalism, patriarchy, and Syrian democracy.

Publisher

Springer International Publishing

Last Page

18

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

no

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