Dream of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema

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Date/Time: 08/02/2007 12:00 am

Alwan for the Arts Presents:
Dream of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema
Edited with an Introduction by Hamid Dabashi
Book Reading /Signing
Screening of Scenes from Elia Sulimans Devine Intervention
Thursday, February 8, 2007. 7 P.M
Open and free to the public
Refreshments will be served
Dream of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema
A lively celebration of the genius and power of Palestinian cinema
with a preface by Edward Said
Over the last quarter-century, Palestinian cinema has emerged as a
major artistic force on the global scene. Deeply rooted in the
historic struggles for national self-determination, this cinema is
the single most important artistic expression of a much-maligned
people. Despite the extraordinary social and artistic significance of
Palestinian film, there is no single volume in which its political and
aesthetic aspects are carefully examined. Dreams of a Nation, a
collection of essays and interviews in which filmmakers, critics and
scholars reflect on its production and impact, is the most
comprehensive book on Palestinian cinema in any language. Included
are essays by: Bashir Abu-Manneh, Hamid Dabashi, Nizar Hassan,
Annemarie Jacir, Michel Khleifi, Joseph Massad, Hamid Naficy, Omar
Al-Qattan, Edward Said, Ella Shohat
Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and
Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the founder of
Dreams of a Nation: A Palestinian Film Project, committed to the
preservation and dissemination of Palestinian cinema. He is the
author of 12 books, edited 4, and contributed chapters to many more.
He is also the author of over 100 essays, articles and book reviews
in major scholarly and peer reviewed journals on subjects ranging
from Iranian Studies, Shiism, Medieval and Modern Islamic
Intellectual History, Comparative Literature, World Cinema,
Trans-aesthetics, Trans-national Art, Philosophy, Mysticism,
Theology, Post-colonial Theory and Cultural Studies.


For directions: http://www.alwanforthearts.org/directions.html