[FoME] Untold Stories: European Funding of Middle Eastern Films

Christoph Dietz christoph.dietz at CAMECO.ORG
Mo Jan 24 16:55:24 CET 2011

Irit Neidhardt: Untold stories
In: Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, vol. 7, Nr.2
(2010), p. 31-50


Since the mid 1990s the European Union (EU) and its member states, most
prominently France and Germany, have encouraged cinematic co-productions
between Europe and the Middle East. A large number of films were
completed within various EU support and cooperation programmes, ranging
from special interest documentaries to Oscar-nominated movies like
Paradise Now (2005) or Ajami (2010). As Arab Middle Eastern countries do
not have a cinemafunding system of their own, the film-makers depend on
cooperation with Europe. While the European partners pride themselves on
the success of supported films, the Middle Eastern side is increasingly
denouncing a ‘new colonialism’. The displeasure derives from the
assertion that the subjects of supported films are limited to Western
stereotypes of the Middle East, as well as the fact that a core
condition of nearly all financial support is the employment of European
crews. Within this scope, how can stories be told, and which ones remain
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