Bab al-Maqam: From Beginnings to Caricatures of Banality
Source of Publication
The Cinema of Muhammad Malas
This chapter contextualizes Malas's 2005 film Bab al-Maqam (Passion), in relation to the city of Aleppo, with its rich musical heritage. It connects the basic narrative about a woman murdered for singing the songs of Um Kulthoum to the intricacies of Syrian state and society. Set during the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, this film can be seen as a metaphor for the demise of Syrian society and prophetic about what it would later become. The multiple beginnings of the film carry a sophisticated and musical analysis of a state that is willing to kill its own song for the sake of a corrupted modernity.
Springer International Publishing
Arts and Humanities
Alkassim, Samirah and Andary, Nezar, "Bab al-Maqam: From Beginnings to Caricatures of Banality" (2018). All Works. 634.
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