This course is aimed at undergraduate students of Middle Eastern cultures and languages, Film/Media Studies, and all students interested in the cinematic expression of national, religious, and ethnic identities in the Middle East.  The Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa will explore the social, cultural, political, and economic contexts in which films are made and exhibited. Class lectures and discussions will attend to the diversity within the Middle East; hence the “cinemas” of the course title.  And yet, this course is also designed to explore shared intra-regional cinematic trends pertaining to discourse, aesthetics, production, distribution, and government sponsorship and censorship of films.  Similarly, the course will explore “national cinema” vis-à-vis religious, ethnic, and linguistic differences, and transnational/global media forces. VP, BN, GL.