[P4876] Fraught Docs: Questioning Categories and Exploring Infrastructural Challenges of Documentary Filmmaking from the Arab World

Created by Nadia G. Yaqub
Sunday, 11/19/17 3:30pm


Documentary film is popularly understood to have a privileged relationship to the truth--to reflect the "real world" in a way that other types of representations (fictional film, literature, painting, etc.) cannot. At the same time, film studies in the Arab World has historically privileged national frames of analysis, obscuring how film production has always been shaped by global and transnational forces. This panel examines the tensions inherent in conceptualizing documentary as a truth-telling, nationalist practice through a focus on the constructed and transnational nature of Arab documentary. Papers explore the state of documentary film training in the region; transnational dimensions of documentaries from the Gulf; the efforts by the transnational Syrian collective Abounaddara to construct images that suspend governmantal representation; the role of fiction in documentaries about the Algerian revolution and the experimental and essay works of what has come to be termed "post-Palestinian" filmmaking.

The panel organizer is in conversation with Tom Stevenson, the curator for the MESA film festival to arrange for film programming that complements the papers presented in this panel.


Media Arts



Nadia G. Yaqub

(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Organizer; Presenter;

Dale Hudson

(New York University Abu Dhabi)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Alia Yunis

(Zayed University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Jason Fox

(CUNY Hunter College)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;