Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Akrahak! Critique and Affection in the Egyptian Appropriation Film

with Hazem Fahmy, M.A. Student, MES & RTF

Wed, September 18, 2019 | CAL 516

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Akrahak! Critique and Affection in the Egyptian Appropriation Film

Despite generally being one of the most studied countries in the region, Egypt’s cinema remains largely unexamined within film studies. Comparatists and cultural historians hailing from Middle Eastern studies have touched on it here and there, but by and large, with the exception of seminal works such as Viola Shafik’s Popular Egyptian Cinema, very little scholarship has sought to apply substantial film theory onto the vast body of work that is Egyptian cinema. This presentation seeks to counter this dearth by demonstrating the applicability of theories of the archive and archiving to contemporary Egyptian cinema.

Specifically, this presentation will draw broadly from three works, Jaime Baron’s The Archive Effect, Laura Marks’s Hanan al-Cinema, and Karen Russell’s Archiveology to delve into issues of critique, affection, nostalgia, and cinephilia in three contemporary films, Rania Stephan’s The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011), Hussein El Imam’s Like a Matchstick (2014), and Ahmad Abdalla’s Décor (2014).

The Middle Eastern Studies & Islamic Studies Colloquium is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff across the University to present research on the study of Islam and the Muslim world. Colloquium meetings aim to provide presentation experience and constructive feedback on work in progress, as well as to foster discussion and a sense of cohort among the Islamic studies community on campus. Meetings are open to all UT community, and light refreshments may be served.


Sponsored by: the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Islamic Studies Initiative

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