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Cinema and the Arab World

At these pages you find information about the work 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 clearer idea about my offers with regard to curating of film programs, lectures and film talks, workshops and tutorials, panel discussions, moderations, and texts, you are invited to have a look around this homepage. In each section you find examples and references to previous events.

For requests, please contact me at the address below.


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

The new edition of German quarterly inamo was released early October 2017. In it Irit Neidhardt's review Shawq (Longing) - The Syrian Ramadan Series on the Abduction of Razan Zeytouneh is to be found (in German language only).

In end October Irit Neidhardt will participate as speaker and mentor at the Producer's Meeting of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation in Cairo and Dahshur (Egypt).