Laura Marks’ Affections
by Grahame Weinbren and Laura Marks (2016; 24 minutes)
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Grahame Weinbren, eminent experimental filmmaker and dear friend, made this movie with me about my 2015 book Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image. An aggressive Laura poses the cheeky questions that everyone is thinking but nobody asks—“This topic is so obscure. Why do you care? Are you an Orientalist? Are you anti-Semitic?”—and a friendly Laura responds.

Extracts from works by Ammar Bouras, Sherif El Azma, Nadia El Fani, Mounir Fatmi, Mounira Al Solh, Mohamad Soueid, and Rania Stefan give a hint of the enormous creativity among media artists in the Arabic-speaking world.

Please contact me if you would like to screen the movie in public.

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