Title

Bab al-Maqam: From Beginnings to Caricatures of Banality

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

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.

Publisher

Springer International Publishing

First Page

117

Last Page

132

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

no

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