Cinemas of the Other (Book)

A Personal Journey with Film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia

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.

Category: Film Studies


Gönül Dönmez-Colin is a film scholar specializing in the cinemas of Central Asia and the Middle East. She is the author of Women, Islam and Cinema and The Cinema of North Africa and the Middle East.

'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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