Documentarian and writer Atteyat al-Abnoudy was a fierce proponent of Egypt’s working class and marginalized communities. She carved indelible, haunting images onto the national psyche through her work, which is more prescient than ever. This essay explores the ways in which it is possible to understand and interpret Al Abnoudy’s work processes and filmic legacy within the context of Egypt’s lack of archival practices. The larger context of Egyptian documentary filmmaking and the impact of post-colonial practices on the arts and culture sphere also inform the article.
The Vanishing Archive: Documentary Filmmaking, the Gaze, and the Metamorphosis of Atteyat al-Abnoudy
Yasmin Desouki is an audiovisual archivist, writer, and curator. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she focused on cinema studies and moving image archiving and preservation. She furthered her studies on film restoration practices through the International Federation of Film Archives’ (FIAF) summer school. She previously worked as the Artistic Director of Cimatheque-Alternative Film Centre in Cairo, Egypt, and prior to that worked as the archive manager at Misr International Films. She has since moved back to the United States and is currently the Collections Manager at Chicago Film Archives.
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Yasmin Desouki; The Vanishing Archive: Documentary Filmmaking, the Gaze, and the Metamorphosis of Atteyat al-Abnoudy. Feminist Media Histories 1 April 2022; 8 (2): 70–87. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2022.8.2.70
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