Checking date: 18/06/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Middle Eastern and Asian Cinema
Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 382 - Estudio: 211)

Coordinating teacher: ZAHEDI NADERI, FARSHAD

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
A general knowledge of the history of World Cinema is required.
1. A broad knowledge of the history and contemporary issues of cinema in Middle East, North Africa and India. 2. Competence to identify the diferent geopolitics (mentioned in previous point) and their due historical periods, movements and styles. 3. Competence to contextualize, analyze and discuss abuot the mentioned cinema with particular attention to their growing transnational dimensions.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
The course focuses on principal film productions of Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and India. In this regard, the Japanese, Korean, Indian, Iranian, Lebanese, Egyptian, and Moroccan cinemas will be the case studies. Additionally, there will be spaces for diasporic cinemas as well as Women's cinemas. So as to optimize the acquisition of skills and knowledge by students, in the context of an optional subject of short duration, the format of the courses will be monographic, and it will be based on collective works of students around seminaras and debates. 1. Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of World Cinema/Cinema at the Periphery. 2. Introduction to the history of film in, Japan, Korea, the Middle East, North Africa, and India: national industries, styles, movements, authors. 3. Key cultural concepts of the mentioned cinemas: themes, narratives, and aesthetics. 4. Transnational perspectives and diasporic films. 5. Women's cinema in the Middle East and North Africa.
Learning activities and methodology
1. Master classes. Theory-based classes. Students will acquire basic knowledge about the topics addressed in the class. Competences 1, 2 and 3 (1 ECTS). 2. Practical sessions. Fragments of especially relevant or representative films will be screened. Case studies. Competences 2 and 3 (0,5 ECTS). 3 Student's work. Guided study to theoretical-practical contents and learning materials. Students will be required to write an essay about specific aspects related to the class syllabus. Competences 2 and 3 (1,5 ECTS).
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • DÖNMEZ-COLIN, Gönül . Women, Islam and cinema. Reaktion Books. 2004
  • DÖNMEZ-COLIN, Gönül (Ed.). The Cinema of North Africa and the Middle East. . Wallflower. 2007
  • ELEFTHERIOTIS, Dimitris, y NEEDHAM, Gary (eds.). Asian Cinema: A Reader and Guide. Edinburgh University Press. 2006
  • KHATIB, Lina. Lebanese cinema: imagining the civil war and beyond.. IB Tauris. 2008
  • NAFICY, Hamid. An accented cinema: exilic and diasporic filmmaking. Princeton University. 2001
  • NAFICY, Hamid. A Social History of Iranian Cinema, Volume 1, 2, 3 and 4. Duke University Press. 2012
  • SHAFIQ, Viola. Popular Egyptian cinema: Gender, class, and nation. Oxford University Press. 2007
  • SHAFIQ, Viola. Arab cinema: History and cultural identity. American Univ in Cairo. 2007
  • Shafiq, Viola. Arab cinema: History and cultural identity. American Univ in Cairo. 2007
  • VASUDEV, Aruna, PADGAONKAR, Latika, y DORAISWAMY, Rashmi (eds.). The Cinemas of Asia: Being and Becoming . Macmillan. 2002
  • WHITE, Patricia. Women's cinema, World Cinema. Duke University. 2015

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.