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Cinemas of the Other
A Personal Journey with Film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia
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ISBN 9781841501437
Hardback 284 pages
230 x 174mm
Published April 2006
Imprint: Intellect
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An original collection of recent interviews with filmmakers whose works represent the trends in the film industries of their respective countries. Preceding the interviews, the author provides an introduction delineating historical information regarding the film industries of the countries included in the book.

Each interview comprises of stills from important films discussed and a bio/filmography of the artist. In addition to creative concerns, the focal point of the interviews is to position the filmmaker within the social or political context of their respective country. The striking variety in approaches towards each interview creates a rich diversity of tone and an overwhelming impression of animation within the text.

Cinemas of the Other offers a carefully researched and detailed first-hand account on the developments and trends in specific regional film industries.

Chapter titles
Part One: The Middle East, Iran
Chapter 1: 'Rakhshan Bani-Etemad: The Hidden Half' - Page 19
Chapter 2: 'Bahram Beyza'i: The Other Side of the Story'
Page 29
Chapter 3: 'Abolfazl Jalili: Treading the Thin Line: Fiction as Documentary'
Page 41
Chapter 4: 'Mahmud Kalari: Valuable Lessons of Camera'
Page 46
Chapter 5: 'Abbas Kiarostami: Life and Nothing But..., Reality Without Interruption'
Page 54
Chapter 6: 'Majid Majidi: Refugees in Love and Life'
Page 59
Chapter 7: Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Portrat of the Revolutionary as an Artist: Take One/ Take Two'
Page 67
Chapter 8: 'Dariush Mehruji: From Social Realism to Dramas of the Interior'
Page 75
Chapter 9: 'Tahmineh Milani: The Real Identity of Women'
Page 84
Chapter 10: 'Jafar Panahi: A Place of their Own'
Page 91
Chapter 11: 'Erden Kiral: Exile's Return' - Page 97
Chapter 12: 'Ali Ozgenturk: Filmmaker in Times of Strife: A Journey into Self'
Page 112
Chapter 13: 'Tayfun Pirselimoglu: New Voices Raising Old Concerns'
Page 122
Chapter 14: 'Yesim Ustaoglu: Taboos Can Also Be Broken'
Page 129
Chapter 15: 'Atif Yilmaz: Whose is the Gaze?'
Page 142
Part Two: Central Asia, Kazakhstan
Chapter 16: 'Ardak Amirkulov and Ermek Shinbarev: Being Young in Almaty' - Page 149
Chapter 17: 'Serik Aprimov: The Last Stop in Aksuat'
Page 163
Chapter 18: 'Rachid Nugmanov: The Wild East, Rockers, Bikers and a New Life'
Page 173
Chapter 19: 'Chingiz Aitmatov: The Equivocal Marriage of Literature and Cinema' - Page 179
Chapter 20: 'Aktan Abdikalikov: The Most Successful Kyrgyz Filmmaker'
Chapter 21: 'Ernest Abdizhaparov: Minimalist World'
Page 190
Chapter 22: Gennady Bazarov: A Culture to Share with the Young'
Page 192
Chapter 23: 'Tolomush Okeev: Searching for Lost Identity'
Page 198
Chapter 24: 'Tachir Mukharovich Sabirov: More than a Generation Gap' - Page 204
Chapter 25: 'Halmammet Kakabaev: Human Values in a World in Transition' - Page 209
Chapter 26: 'Zulfikar Mussakov: Comedy in the Absence of Hope and Laughter' - Page 213
Chapter 27: 'Yusuf Razikov: Unfair Battle of the Sexes'
Page 219
'Cinemas of the Other is a film buff's delight. This set of extended, thoroughly researched interviews with twenty-seven renowned filmmakers from seven countries is accompanied by a pithy and useful biographical note on each of her interviewees - just enough to give you a glimpse of their personality but never too long to give anything away. That something personal emerges from the lengthy interviews.' – Latika Padgaonkar, Cinemaya

'...the extensive filmography and expansive eries of interviews make Donmez-Colin's book a valuable contribution to understanding the increasing influence of filmmakers from this region.' – Rose Capp.

'[This] is an important book because the glimpses of cinematic changes it reveals are at once of a personal and a near-continental order. They speak as much about each human being as about national consciousness.' – Cinemaya, Asian Film Quarterly

'An unprecedented set of insights into the creative domain where the politics of creativity meets the poetics of emancipation; an exceedingly readable and informative book.' – Hamid Dabash

'All these interviews bring information about the social, political and economic context of creation in post-Peretroika Central Asia, as well as details about artistic aspects (inspiration and creative process). The historical background is also taken into account through the authors' questioning.' – Cloé Drieu, Central Eurasian Reader

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