Women, Islam and Cinema
By (author) Gonul Donmez-Colin
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Women, Islam and Cinema by Gonul Donmez-Colin
Book DescriptionThis is the first book to examine the troubled relationships between women, Islam and cinema. Film critic and author Gonul Donmez-Colin explores the role of women as spectators, images and image constructors in the cinemas of the countries where Islam is the predominant religion, focusing on Iran and Turkey from the Middle East, drawing parallels from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the two Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union, and Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia, the prominently Muslim Asian countries with a challenging film industry. Some of the relevant films made in India by and for Muslim Indians are also explored. Donmez-Colin examines prevalent cinematic archetypes, including the naive country girl who is deceived and dishonoured, or the devious seductress who destroys the sanctity of marriage, and looks well at controversial elements such as screen rape, which, feminist film critics claim, caters to male voyeurism. She also discusses recurring themes, such as the myths of femininity, the endorsement of polygamy and the obsession with male children, as well as the most common stereotypes, depicting women as mothers, wives and daughters. Given the diversity of cultures, rather than viewing national cinemas as aspects of a single development, the author focuses on individual histories, traditions and social and economic circumstances as points of reference, which are examined in the context of social and political evolution and the status of women within Islam. "Women, Islam and Cinema" is a much-needed and timely work that will appeal to the curious reader as well as to the student of film.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861892201
(170mm x 120mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 24-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gonul Donmez-Colin
Cinemas of the Other, Paperback (April 2012)
Following an introduction delineating the histories of the film industries of the countries of the Middle East, this book contains interviews stretching over a decade, which position the filmmakers and their creative concerns within the social or political context of their respective countries.
Turkish Cinema, Paperback (September 2008)
A comprehensive study of the cinema of Turkey. It deals with Turkish quest for a modern identity in a world where borders, attitudes and people themselves are shifting and relocating.
Cinema of North Africa and the Middle East, Paperback (June 2007)» View all books by Gonul Donmez-Colin
Contains twenty-four essays, each concerning an individual film, with a geographical scope that runs from Morocco all the way to Iran. This work explores several films, including "Cairo Station" (Egypt, 1958), "The Runner" (Iran, 1989), "Once Upon a Time, Beirut" (Lebanon, 1994), "Ten" (Iran, 2002) and "Uzak" (Turkey, 2003).
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Author Biography - Gonul Donmez-Colin
Gonul Donmez-Colin is a film scholar specializing in the cinemas of the Middle East and Central Asia. Among her recent books are Turkish Cinema (Reaktion Books, 2008), Cinemas of the Other: A Personal Journey with Filmmakers from the Middle East and Central Asia (2006) and The Cinema of North Africa and the Middle East (ed.) (2007).
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