Dorit Naaman, Queen’s University

Film and Media Professor Kingston, Ontario naamand@queensu.ca Office: (613) 533-6000 ext. 78165

Bio/Research

I am a filmmaker and a film theorist from Jerusalem. After finishing a BFA in film and TV production from Tel-Aviv University, I came to the U.S. to get an MFA in art filmmaking (Syracuse University), and continued for a Ph.D. in film theory at the University of Alberta, Canada.

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Bio/Research

I am a filmmaker and a film theorist from Jerusalem. After finishing a BFA in film and TV production from Tel-Aviv University, I came to the U.S. to get an MFA in art filmmaking (Syracuse University), and continued for a Ph.D. in film theory at the University of Alberta, Canada.

In the past ten years I lived in five different cities in two countries. My nomadic experience influences my academic and my artistic work, as well as my sense of what it is like to be in this world. During my second year in the U.S., I tried to make a film that compares the new (and foreign) winter landscape, with the familiar landscapes of Jerusalem and the Judean desert, where I spent much time as a nature guide. I shot some footage in Israel on my first summer visit, and when I came back I filmed the upstate NY landscape from a driving car throughout the fall and the winter. All the NY images returned from the lab upside down. It turned out that as I was breaking down 16mm film to fit on smaller spools for the electronic Bolex, I forgot to rewind the film. I had to laugh; it was such a perfect metaphor for my life at that point: hanging in the air with no ground under my feet, fretting over a cold winter.

I have since mastered winter survival, and I love skiing, so a snowfall is a blessing. I still, though, struggle with the lack of sun in the winter, and every time I see the shot where I am doing the sun salutation in an autumn park filled with golden leaves, my heart twinges.

One of my main areas of research is Middle Eastern cinemas, and I examine it mostly from post-colonial and feminist perspectives. I am interested in identity politics, and in the effects of global economy (co-productions, international film festivals) both on aesthetics, and on ideological formations. As a filmmaker I have developed a video diary format, in which personal and political observations are intertwined. Having been away from filmmaking for the duration of my doctorate work, I am now finding my way back to production in a new technological environment.



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