Lecture and Discussion
Representations of Sexuality in Film: The Westernization of Sexually Non Normative Characters in the History of Arab Cinema
by Musa Shadeedi (IRQ/JOR) | Chair: Roula Seghaier (LEB)
Throughout the history of Arab cinema, sexually non normative characters were portrayed as Western or as influenced by the West, in order to exclude these characters from society. How does the Westernization of sexually non normative characters in Arab cinema affect the audience? How did it start? And how did it change with time? From the field to a book about why we need to rewatch our cinema with feminist/queer eyes.
In Arabic (with simultaneous translation into English)
was born in Baghdad and finished their studies in psychology at Amman in 2016. They published their latest book titled “The non normative sexuality in Arab cinema” (in Arabic) in 2018. They founded Cinamji, an initiative dealing with body and sexuality in the Arab cinema in 2017, and they are the Arabic editor of My.Kali magazine.
is a feminist novelist and writer. Her educational background is in Political Science, Transitional Justice, Human Rights, and SRHR. She currently manages an academic regional journal on body and gender research.