With only nine films, “Here and Now: Contemporary Arab Women Filmmakers,” a film series exhibited in August 2019 at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox, is inevitably limited in the variety of style, form, and storytelling it can convey. However, by highlighting both the diversity and intersectionality of identities, the films presented are linked by a compelling thematic thread: they all investigate how cinema represents Arab women with a focus on the body, its materiality, and the power relations that determine it. Although each film reflected its local political and socio-economic context, collectively these films by Arab women utilized the body as a mediated object with the potential to destabilize, disrupt, and transform.
You Don't Own This War: Arab Women's Cinema Showcase
Müge Turan is a film critic and programmer. A former editor of Time Out Istanbul and Empire, her writing on cinema has appeared in publications such as Altyazı, Se7en, and Bir+Bir. Since 2008, she has been Head of Film Programs at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. She has served on FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics) juries at festivals in Vienna, Dubai, Thessaloniki and Cannes. She is currently a PhD candidate in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto.
Müge Turan; You Don't Own This War: Arab Women's Cinema Showcase. Film Quarterly 1 December 2019; 73 (2): 87–92. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.73.2.87
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