The University is helping to support the annual Middle Eastern Film Festival, which runs from 12 February to 1 March.
The theme of this year’s festival is Egyptian cinema and it is being hosted by the Edinburgh Filmhouse cinema.
The Egyptian film industry has consistently produced works of international significance, often against the background of political censorship.
The showcase includes Kamal Selim’s Determination, which established the realist tradition, as well as Henri Barakat’s The Nightingale’s Prayer.
As part of the two-week series, the Egyptian filmmaker Ibrahim El Batout will give a master class on his interest in human stories.
He will explain how he weaves them into his documentary and fiction work.
The festival also offers a one-day workshop on the history of the nation’s cinema. This will be hosted by Dr Walter Armbrust of the University of Oxford.
The programme also contains films from other regions of the Middle East, including the uplifting Iranian comedy Song of the Sparrows.
Two documentaries will also be included - from Lebanon, The One Man Village, and from Turkey, On the Way to School.
There are also three films on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
The festival is supported by the British Council, Screen Academy Scotland and the University’s department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
Friday 12 February 2010, 12.00am
Monday 1 March 2010, 12.00am