A very interesting read.
A makeshift film screen blows in the desert wind in Jordan’s Wadi Rum, long a cinematic setting for international films (notably Lawrence of Arabia), where this spring Jordanian filmmakers and local Bedouin actors gathered to view one of Jordan’s newest films, director Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb—another film influenced by pioneer filmmaker and cinema-workshop developer Nadine Toukan, below right. “Nadine is the reason I’m sitting here today,” said Abu Nowar.
A wonderful recent assignment in Jordan, writing about the growth of independent cinema. Here’s what I wrote on Facebook:
Copy/pasting the FB status here:
I had such fun writing this article on Jordan’s emerging film industry, and the work of the amazing Nadine Toukan as creator, mentor, guide and inspiration.
It’s an article I’ve been wanting to write for years, since Nadine and director Amin Matalqa were so generous as to invite me on set for the last night’s filming on ‘Captain Abu Raed’, back in 2007. That was a night to remember. Amin’s work – and the work of so many others since, not least the team on Theeb – ذيب – felt to me like Jordanians starting to reclaim ideas and stories and identities that had, for too long, been shaped and controlled by outsiders. That’s vitally important and, without Nadine, it seems to me it would have…
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