In this first lecture of the series, author, screenwriter, journalist and television host Belal Fadl will present an in-depth study of the ways in which Egyptian cinema has dealt with both state and societal censorship and restriction.
Belal’s work spans a number of genres and disciplines. He is the author of more than twenty screenplays, fifteen books, three short story collections, and has written numerous journalistic articles and op-eds, most notably for Al-Dostor, Al-Masry Al-Yawm, and Al-Shorouk. Belal has also worked extensively in television. Since 2015 he has hosted the popular program ʿAsir al-Kutub on the channel al-Arabi, and has now presented three seasons of al-Mawhubin fi al-Ard, also on al-Arabi, in which he delves into the lives and careers of some of Egyptian cinema’s brightest stars. Belal also currently writes a daily column, titled al-Kashkul, for the UK-based media site al-Araby al-Jadid.
Discussant Ada Petiwala is a professional translator and a PhD student in the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies department at NYU. Her research explores contemporary visual and cultural flows between India, the Gulf, and Egypt.
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