Syrian Cinema and TV Serials
Lawrence Wright of the New Yorker has written a fine article about Syrian filmmakers. There is also an on-line slide show produced by Matt Dellinger with Wright which gives a nice overview of the directors and their work. It is well worth looking at. Watch the slide show. (7:30 minutes).
Also on Syrian media, read the fine piece written by Marwan M. Kraidy on the success of Syrian TV serials, which have been tackling politically sensitive topics such as AIDS and terrorism. The new serials were the talk of the town this past year. Everyone watched them rather than the thin gruel served up by the Egyptians at Ramadan. The edginess and lively state of Syrian TV series stands in welcome contrast to the moribund state of Syrian cinema - or the nightly news, for that matter.
Also, the Lincoln Center has been running a retrospective of Syrian cinema in NYC. Here is the link to the program which ends tomorrow. (I thank Damian Quinn of "World Tonight," BBC Radio 4 for bringing these to my attention.)