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Cinema and the Arab World

On these pages you will find a range of services of free-lance author, curator and speaker Irit Neidhardt in the field of Cinema and the Arab World.

In my work I look at films from various perspectives: be them artistic, political, social, economic or technological.  I deal with questions of production, presentation and reception of moving images with regards to aspects of Arab societies and politics, the European gaze on its neighboring region in the southern and eastern Mediterranean as well as facets of European-Arab cooperation. 
This includes subjects as the cooperation of both German States with the Palestinian Liberation Organization PLO in the 1970s and 1980s; the genre of the music video which is very popular in the Arab World; the critical-analytical examination of European funding of Arab movies; Arab women films from the years before the uprisings that started in Tunisia in 2010 or the question about the origin of the images we see from and about the war in Syria.  

To get a more precise idea about my services with regard to curating of film programs, lectures and film talks, workshops and tutorials, panel discussions, moderations, and texts, you are invited to browse around this homepage. In each section you will find examples and references to previous activities.

For requests, please contact me at the address below.

Most Recent and Upcoming

Project Development Workshop of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation 2017. (Foto: Aysegül Kandemir)

A Country Allegendly Outside History TV Review of François-Xavier Trégan's reportage Yemen – Chaos and Silence on March 27th, 2018 at fr-online.de (German).

14.4.2018 at 6.30 pm at Rote Frabrik Zürich (Switzerland)
Round Table on the realities of productions with Sawsan Darwaza, Irit Neidhardt & Viola Shafik in the program of the Under the Same Sky film series

17.4.2018 at 18:30h @ Wolf Kino Berlin
On Solidarity and Dependency – The beginnings of PLO-GDR filmmaking in the 1970s in the program „For an Invisible People, Camera Would be Their Weapon” (Elias Sanbar) Lecture and Talk with Irit Neidhardt and Mohanad Yaqubi of the Special: 70 Years Nakba at ALFILM, the Arab Film Festival Berlin.

Sun, 29.04.2018, 3 pm, Altes Pfandhaus, Cologne (Germany)
HEIM - Stage reading with Ursula Strauss and Jesse Albert. Discussion with Liwaa Yazji. Moderation: Irit Neidhardt
At the International Women's Film Festival Dortmund | Cologne in the Focus: ABOUT GERMANY.  More

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