The Arab films exposing the 'polite fiction of society' through cinema at Berlinale

Now that with the ongoing pandemic our computer screens have become a surrogate for reality and human relations, to an even greater extent than they already were, the need for the big screen of cinema feels more pressing, its function possibly clearer. Cinema not only as a public space for the collective socialisation of film, but also as a way to reflect on, rather than merely mirror or convey, the world we continue to inhabit, even behind a screen. At this year’s Berlinale, whose first part recently took place online, four Arab films paid (in)direct testament to the ability of cinema to expo…

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