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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.

I deal with questions of production, presentation and reception of films 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
- texts
you are invited to browse around this homepage. In each section you will find examples and references to previous activities. Learn about mec film, the distribution and sales company for films by Arab directors which I run or find information about me.

For requests, please contact me at the address below.

Most recent

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

16.9.2020 at 17:00 (German time) Online 
In the framework of the 11. ALFILM Nomad Edition in the SPOTLIGHT-program „Resistance is Female“: Panel Discussion »Arab filmmakers and feminist filming«
The lives of women in films from the Arab world are often viewed with particular interest by the audience. Especially in exceptional situations of war and conflicts, feminine or feminist perspectives seem to offer connecting points for the audience, international colleagues, and funding institutions alike. How do the filmmakers position themselves between these poles of internal and external expectations, their own attitudes in film politics and the local production conditions?
What are the priorities and what influence does their work and attitude have on the perception of the situation in and outside the Arab world? Naziha Arebi, director of FREEDOM FIELDS, Waad Al-Kateab, co-director of FOR SAMA, and Zahraa Ghandour, leading actress of THE JOURNEY will discuss with moderator Irit Neidhardt, author, curator, and film distributor at mec film. (in English)

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