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The Resilient Spring of Arab Cinema, Ten Years After: An Introduction

In late 2020, during the dark days of pandemic lockdown and a global universe plunged into a shared crisis devoid of unanimity, the subject of impending anniversaries arose. It was then, in a gesture of optimism for an unknown future, that the idea was hatched for an FQ dossier dedicated to the then-impending ten-year mark to commemorate the 2011 uprisings known as the Arab Spring.

The Veiled Avengers of Pakistan’s Streaming New Wave

When I was growing up in Pakistan in the 1980s, the combination of cultural censorship by the Islamic Republic and the ban on foreign imports stunted any prospects for global cinephile development. With cinemas shuttered, VHS bootlegging thrived but was largely focused on Bollywood’s tackiest melodramas. During any rare evening broadcast of an English-language film on state television, scenes deemed “non-halal” would abruptly transition into large pixelated forms instead of being spliced out altogether.

In Memoriam: Chick Callenbach

We are extremely sorry to announce that Ernest “Chick” Callenbach passed away peacefully, April 17, at home in Berkeley. Film Quarterly’s founding editor, Chick steered the journal from 1958 to 1991 (joining the editorial board thereafter) and was also editor of the University of California Press’s cinema studies list of books. In his dual role, he was a major influence on the development of film culture and film study in the U.S. and beyond. A highly influential figure in ecology and natural history as well, he was the author of Ecology: A Pocket Guide and the landmark novel Ecotopia. The loss is a profound one for all of us at the Press. An obituary will be published in the Summer issue of Film Quarterly. Read the LA Times’ obituary here.