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National Cinemas

Finding Books

Using the UTCat link below, enter subject headings, exactly as they appear, in the Search Box, then choose Subject from the drop-down menu.

UTCat Browse/Subject Search:

  • Arab Israeli conflict Mass media and the conflict
  • africa north in motion pictures
  • Jewish Arab relations in motion pictures
  • Mass media Arab countries
  • Mass media Economic aspects Arab countries
  • Mass media policy Arab countries
  • middle east in motion pictures
  • motion picture industry iran (israel, turkey, morocco, etc)
  • motion picture producers and directors iran (israel, turkey, morocco, etc)
  • motion pictures africa north
  • motion pictures and women Islamic countries
  • motion pictures arab countries
  • motion pictures iran (israel, turkey, morocco, etc)
  • motion pictures middle east
  • Motion pictures Palestine History
  • Motion pictures Political aspects Israel (Iran, Turkey, etc.)
  • Motion pictures Religious aspects Islam
  • Palestinian Arabs in motion pictures
  • Zionism in motion pictures

Individual directors (Search as above; use last name, first name)

  • e.g., makhmalbaf muhsin

Finding Journal Articles

Interdisciplinary databases

Film-specific databases

  • The American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1975, with full or short records for films from 1976 to present. Use the AFI Catalog to find detailed production information about specific films (incl. release dates and other production-related information), as well as citations to contemporaneous reviews from newspapers (e.g., New York Times); trade & industry publications (Variety); popular magazines (Motion Picture Herald, Photoplay); and review publications (Monthly Film Bulletin), among others.
    Note: There are no direct links to online content from the AFI Catlog. See How to Find Journal Articles below, for instructions on how to use a citation to find a journal article.
  • Film Index International (British Film Institute). Coverage: 1900 - current. The directors selected for inclusion are a) those who have made a fiction film shown theatrically that is over 50 minutes in duration, released between 1928 and 1965, and b) those who have made a fiction film over 60 minutes in duration, post-1965.
    Note: There are no direct links to online content from Film Index International. See How to Find Journal Articles below, for instructions on how to use a citation to find a journal article.
  • International Index to Film Periodicals (1972+) Search by keyword, separating each word or phrase by AND
  • Film & Television Literature Index (1913-current)
  • Film Literature Index (1976-2001).

Selected Books/Articles

For the purposes of this guide, Middle East/North Africa includes: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco (the nations forming the Maghreb), and Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Farahmand, A. (2006). At the crossroads: International film festivals and the constitution of the new Iranian cinema Dissertation