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Documentary Diplomacy and Audiovisual Modernization: A Cold War Genealogy of Arab Cinema during the 1950s through American Declassified Archives

  • Hadi Gharabaghi
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Abstract

American cities such as College Park, Maryland, or Sleepy Hollow, New York, may seem unlikely bases to conduct archival investigations of Arab cinema. And yet these cities house the U.S. National Archives and the Rockefeller Archive Center, which hold an invaluable volume of declassified early Cold War diplomatic governmental and philanthropic collections of film and paper trails, much of which has only recently become available to the public. These collections offer genealogical clues to the infrastructural and institutional development of film and television technology and audiovisual and screen culture in the Arab region of the Middle East through the prism of Cold War film diplomacy, often with full or partial funding or supervision from U.S. government agencies and contracted American media experts. This chapter serves as a preliminary descriptive and analytical assessment of a number of archival threads under the concept of documentary diplomacy as they pertain to the early formation of Arab cinema in the hope of encouraging further examination and case studies.

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  • Hadi Gharabaghi
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