1st Edition

Women in the Cinemas of Iran and Turkey As Images and as Image-Makers

By Gönül Dönmez-Colin Copyright 2020
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    360 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume compares the cinemas of Iran and Turkey in terms of the presence and absence of women on both sides of the camera. From a critical point of view, it provides detailed readings of works by both male and female film-makers, emphasizing issues facing women's film-making.

    Presenting an overview of the modern histories of the two neighbouring countries, the study traces certain similarities and contrasts, particularly in the reception, adaption and representation of Western modernity and cinema. This is followed by the exploration of the images of women on screen with attention to minority women, investigating post-traumatic cinema's approaches to women (Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran and the 1980 coup d’état in Turkey) and women's interpretations of post-traumatic experiences. Furthermore, the representations of sexualities and LGBTI identities within cultural, traditional and state-imposed restrictions are also discussed. Investigating border-crossing in physical and metaphorical terms, the research explores the hybridities in the artistic expressions of 'deterritorialized' film-makers negotiating loyalties to both vatan (motherland) and the adopted country.

    This comprehensive analysis of the cinemas of Iran and Turkey, based on extensive research, fieldwork, interviews and viewing of countless films is a key resource for students and scholars interested in film, gender and cultural studies and the Middle East.

    Introduction  1. From Inflated Plastic Dolls, Patience Stones, Honour Bearers, Home-Breakers and 'Commodified Others' to Free Agents: Screen Images of Women  2. Women on the Thorny Trail of Image-Making  3. Post-Traumatic Cinema and Gender  4. Narratives of Resistance  5. Sexualities and Queer Imaginaries  6. Border-Crossings and 'Deterritorialized' Film-Makers  7. His Films: Abbas Kiarostami and Nuri Bilge Ceylan  Afterword


    Gönül Dönmez-Colin is a film scholar specializing in the cinemas of the Middle East and Central Asia. She is the author of The Routledge Dictionary of Turkish Cinema, Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance and Belonging, Cinemas of the Other: A Personal Journey with Filmmakers from the Middle East and Central Asia, Women, Islam and Cinema amongst other works.