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Challenges and Opportunities of Showcasing Middle Eastern content in UK

Challenges and Opportunities of Showcasing Middle Eastern content in UK

Date(s) - 07/07/2022
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Lancaster University (Maryam Ghorbankarimi


Keynote + Roundtable (Online / Zoom)

July 7th, 2022, 12pm (GTM)

Dr Maryam Ghorbankarimi (Lancaster University)

Dr Yeal Friedman (Portsmouth University)

Films from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region have been shown in the UK for many years now in a variety of settings. Often under the banner of ‘World Cinema’, many of these films have been showcased in film festivals and specially curated programmes, but some have also seen general cinematic releases, were shown on broadcast television or distributed on DVD. In recent years, with the rise of streaming platforms and a transforming media landscape, the volume of films from the MENA area on UK screens has increased and different formats, such as TV dramas, are entering the market. At the same time, recent years have seen political turbulence across the region which has affected and informed, in different ways, both film production and its world-wide distribution and exhibition.

This event seeks to open a conversation about the challenges and opportunities afforded by the new media and political landscapes, for the distribution, exhibition, and reception of films from the MENA area in the UK. We will address questions such as: Are we seeing more diversity of titles? Are they reaching new audiences? how do curatorial and marketing strategies negotiate with the political tensions? and what role do these titles play in shaping audiences’ perceptions and engagement with geopolitical issues involving the UK and MENA countries?

12:00 –13:00

A keynote presentation by Prof. Shohini Chaudhuri (University of Essex) Crisis Cinema in the Middle East: Creativity and Constraint in Iran and the Arab World – Link to her book.

13:30 – 3:30

A roundtable discussion bringing together academics, curators and distributors. Participants include:

Elhum Shakerifar (Independent Producer, formerly MENA & Iran advisor at London Film Festival and Curator of Shubbak, London Festival of Contemporary Arab Culture)

Sheyma Buali (Senior Producer at BBC Arabic and Festival curator)

Robert Beeson (Director of New Wave Films)

Professor Shohini Chaudhuri (University of Essex)

Dr Gali Gold (Head of Cinema at Barbican)

Dr Stefanie Van de Peer (Queen Margaret University, Middle Eastern and North African Cinema scholar and curator and festival programmer)

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