Gönül Dönmez-Colin – Women, Islam and Cinema (2004)

‘A vivid series of insights into the little-known world of Muslim Asian cinemas, where issues of gender and religion come harshly together, where women’s lives and sufferings are a constant focus for male directors, but where – outside Iran – there is next to no scope for women directors to express their views. This excellent book – lucidly written, and based on close firsthand experience – is highly recommended to all who want to understand the realities of world cinema.’ Roy Armes, Emeritus Professor of Film, Middlesex University, London

Product Description
This 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. The author discusses cinematic archetypes such as the naive country girl who is deceived and dishonoured, or the devious seductress who destroys the sanctity of marriage, as well as looking 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.

About the Author

The author has been a film critic for over 20 years and has contributed to many books including The Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film, edited by Oliver Leaman (2001).

Gönül Dönmez-Colin was born in Istambul and has lived much of her life in Montreal. For 15 years she taught in Montreal. another year in Hong Kong. For the last 14 years, she has been travelling to Asian countries, researching and writing on Asian cinema. Author of book on cinema, her work is published in eight languages.

* Publisher: Reaktion Books
* Number Of Pages: 208
* Publication Date: 2004-11-15
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 1861892209
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781861892201



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