Women Filmmakers in the United Arab Emirates

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Chrysavgi Papagianni

Document Type

Book Chapter

Source of Publication

The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication

Publication Date



This entry provides an introduction to the work of and the challenges faced by women filmmakers in the United Arab Emirates while at the same time providing an overview of the emerging film industry in the country. The fact that these women claim the power of representation and start telling their stories against the backdrop of a conservative, patriarchal society, obviously opens up space for gender redefinition. Overall, it seems that their films reveal a preference for strong, interesting women that fight for a meaningful life against the backdrop of a globalized society that has left women weaker and more fragile, with less obvious choices and possibilities for fulfillment. As their female characters claim center stage, both traditional and contemporary constructions of gender are called into question and popular stereotypes about Emirati women are challenged.




Arts and Humanities

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