Cinemas of the Other (Book)

A Personal Journey with Film-Makers from Iran and Turkey

Updated collections of recent interviews with filmmakers whose works represent trends in the film industries of Central Asia and the Middle East, these two new geospecific editions expand upon the earlier volume Cinemas of the Other: A Personal Journey with Film-Makers from the Middle East and Central Asia.


Following an introduction delineating the histories of the film industries of the countries that make up the Middle East and Central Asia – including Iran, Turkey, and the Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – both books contain interviews stretching over a decade, which position the filmmakers and their creative concerns within the social or political context of their respective countries. The striking variety of approaches toward each interview creates a rich diversity of tone and opens the door to a better understanding of images of 'otherness' in film. In addition to transcripts of the interviews, each chapter also includes stills from important films discussed, biographical information about the filmmakers and filmographies of their works.

Gönül Dönmez-Colin offers in these expanded editions a carefully researched and richly detailed firsthand account of the developments and trends in these regional film industries that is sure to be appreciated by film scholars and researchers of the Middle East and Central Asia.

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



Rakhshan Bani-Etemad 
The Hidden Half 

Bahram Beyza’i 
The Other Side of the Story 

Abolfazl Jalili 
Treading the Thin Line: Fiction as Documentary 

Mahmud Kalari
Valuable Lessons of Camera 

Abbas Kiarostami 
Life and Nothing But…
Reality Without Interruption

Majid Majidi
Refugees in Love and Life 

Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Portrait of the Revolutionary as an Artist: Take One 
Take Two 

Dariush Mehrjui
From Social Realism to Dramas of the Interior 

Tahmineh Milani
The Real Identity of Women

Jafar Panahi
A Place of their Own


Kutluğ Ataman 
As Many Centres as Individuals 

Handan İpekçi 
Hidden Faces 

Semih Kaplanoğlu 
Fragments From Life in Reverse 

Erden Kıral 
Exile’s Return 
Many Faces of Truth
Settling of Accounts 
A Question of Conscience 

Ali Özgenturk 
Film-maker in Times of Strife: A Journey into Self 
Nostalgia for True Love 

Tayfun Pirselimoğlu 
New Voices Raising Old Concerns 
Portraits from the Periphery 

Yeşim Ustaoğlu 
Taboos Can Also Be Broken 
The Journey of Unlikely Souls 
Who am I?
Pandora’s Box 

Atıf Yılmaz Batıbeki
Whose is the Gaze?

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