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Representations: Film: Arab States
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In general, representations of gender and sexuality in film in the Arab world differ according to the type, be it popular mainstream, socially committed realism, individual cinéma d'auteur, or experimental avant garde, which are distinguished primarily through their funding (commercial/cultural) and their audiences (inclusive to lower classes/elite). Cinéma d'auteur and avant garde films are rather elistist in form and marginal in distribution. Their approach may be innovative, deconstructive, or even subversive in nature, giving voice to ind…

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Shafik, Viola, “Representations: Film: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0625a>
First published online: 2009

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