Permissible Documentaries: The Non-Fiction Poetics of Ateyyat El Abnoudy

This illustrated talk will further explore El Abnoudy’s socialist poetics and political aesthetics and discuss how she has given shape to Egypt’s documentary tradition. Popularly known as “the mother of Egyptian documentary”, she began her filmmaking career in the early 1970s as one of the key figures of New Arab Cinema, negotiating from the outset what she called “permissible dreams” – the right to foreground the voices of working class Egyptians and take a more intersectional approach to representation. As a pioneer of politically and socially engaged documentary, she influenced many young female filmmakers whilst challenging the male-dominated ruling classes and the similarly homogenous cinematic standards of the time.

This talk is preceded – at 12noon – by Three by Ateyyat El Abnoudy, a screening of three early works from the filmmaker.

Presented by Dr Stefanie Van De Peer, Research Fellow at the University of Exeter

Supported by Film Hub Scotland


Event: Illustrated Talk

Date: Saturday 01 December

Time: 1.30pm