Maghrebs in Motion: North African Cinema in Nine Movements

Maghrebs in Motion: North African Cinema in Nine Movements

by Suzanne Gauch

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Overview

Exploring films made in Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria from 1985 to 2009, Suzanne Gauch illustrates how late post-independence and early twenty-first century North African cinema prefigured many of the transformations in perception and relation that stunned both participants and onlookers during the remarkable uprisings of the 2011 Arab Spring. Through multifaceted examinations of key films by nine filmmakers--Farida Benlyazid, Mohamed Chouikh, Nacer Khemir, Nabil Ayouch, Lyès Salem, Nadia El Fani, Tariq Teguia, Faouzi Bensaïdi, and Nejib Belkadhi--Gauch delineates the shifting relation of politics to film in the era of neoliberal globalization. Each work, she argues, taps the power inherent in cinema to destabilize patterns of perception and judgment while taking film's role as popular entertainment in new directions. Highlighting how each film taps into the mobility at the core of cinema to break through the boundaries that have long circumscribed filmmaking from North Africa, Gauch shows how this cinema continues to forge and reflect unexpected trajectories for itself and its audiences.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190262587
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/06/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Gauch is Associate Professor of English at Temple University and the author of Liberating Shahrazad: Feminism, Postcolonialism, and Islam.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Note to Readers

Introduction: Imperatives of Wonder, or Moving Beyond The Battle of Algiers

First Section: Sight Lines

Chapter 1: Doubling Back, Moving On: Farida Benlyazid's A Door to the Sky (1988)

Chapter 2: Twilight Dawns: Mohamed Chouikh's The Citadel (1989), Youssef (1994), and
Ark of the Desert (1997)

Chapter 3: Sand Castles: Nacer Khemir's The Wanderers of the Desert (1986), The Lost
Neckring of the Dove (1991), and Baba Aziz: The Prince who Contemplated His Soul (2005)

Second Section: Hero Complex

Chapter 4: For the Record: Nabil Ayouch's Mektoub (1997)

Chapter 5: Off Road: Lyes Salem's Masquerades (2008)

Chapter 6: Signal Crossings: Nadia El Fani's Bedwin Hacker (2003)

Third Section: Scan Backward/Scan Forward

Chapter 7: Vacancies: Tariq Teguia's Rome Rather than You (2006)

Chapter 8: Hooking Up: Faouzi Bensaïdi's WWW: What a Wonderful World (2006)

Chapter 9: Breaking Out: Nejib Belkadhi's VHS Kahloucha (2007)

Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography

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