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Dr. Dorit Naaman

Alliance Atlantis Professor, Department of Film and Media
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I am a documentarist and film theorist from Jerusalem, and a professor of Film and Media and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. 

In 2016, I released an innovative interactive documentary, Jerusalem, We Are Here, offering a model for digital witnessing.  The project creates a novel platform that documentarist Liz Miller claimed “will become a ‘go to’ reference for educators working on the intersections of new media, oral history, geography and more.” Jerusalem, We Are Here had its Canadian debut at the Montreal Documentary Film Festival in November 2016, its U.S. premiere in Berkley in February, the Jerusalem premiere in May, and the Palestinian one in July 2017.  It can be viewed entirely online here.

My publications focus on Israeli, and to a lesser extent, Palestinian cinemas and media (primarily from post-colonialist and feminist perspectives).

Most Recent Project

Jerusalem, We Are Here

Jerusalem, We Are Here is an interactive documentary that digitally brings Palestinians back into the Jerusalem neighborhoods from which they were expelled in 1948. Focusing primarily on the neighborhood of Katamon, Palestinian participants probed their families' past and engaged with the painful present. 

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Other Projects

  • Two Houses and a Longing

    This video tells the story of two Palestinian homes whose owners fled during the 1948 war and the houses now serve a museum and a daycare centre.

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  • Refereed Publications

    “A Rave Against the Occupation: Speaking for the Self and Excluding the Other in Contemporary Israeli Cinema” in Identity in Motion: An Israeli Film Reader eds. Miri Talmon and Yaron Peleg, University of Texas Press, 2012.

    “Combat cuties: photographs of Israeli women soldiers in the press since the 2006 Lebanon War” co-authored with Eva Berger, Media, War & Conflict 4(3) 269–286, 2011

    “Unruly Daughters to Mother Nation: A Palestinian and an Israeli First Person Films.” Hypatia vol. 23 issue #2, Spring 2008.

    “Brides of Palestine/Angels of Death: Media, Gender and Performance in the case of the Palestinian Female Suicide Bomber,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Summer 2007. Vol.32 #4. Pp. 933-955. Reprinted in Feminist Perspectives on War and Terror (eds.) Karen Alexander and Mary Hawkesworth, University of Chicago Press, 2008.

    Reprinted in Gender Through the Prism of Difference, 4th ed. (eds.) Maxine Baca Zinn, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Michael A. Messner, Oxford University Press, 2010. [Listed in the 20 most accessed articles on the Signs website]

    "Elusive Frontiers: Borders in Palestinian and Israeli Cinema." Third Text, Vol. 20, issue 3/4 May-June 2006. pp. 511-521.

    " The Silenced Outcry: A Feminist Perspective from the Israeli Checkpoints in Palestine." National Women Studies Association Journal.  18:3, Fall 2006.  PP. 168-180.

    "In The Name of the Nation: Images of Palestinian and Israeli Women Fighters” in Killing

    Women eds. A. Burfoot & S. Lord-, Wilfred Laurier U. Press, 2006. Pp. 273-291.

    “Old Wine in New Bottles: Tekumah, an Israeli Resurrection of Social Change?” Jerusalem

    Quarterly Files, issue 19, 2003 PP. 37-48.

    "Minding the Gap: Visual Perception and Cinematic Gap Filling" Style 36:1, Spring 2002 PP. 131-145.

    “The Things You Can See From There: Notes on Liminality in Israeli and Palestinian Cinema,”

    Theory and Criticism #17, Spring 2001, PP. 215-221. In Hebrew.

    "Orientalism as Alterity in Israeli Cinema," Cinema Journal 44:4, Summer issue, 2001, PP. 36-54.

    “Woman/Nation: A Postcolonial Look at Female Subjectivity” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 17:4, Fall 2000, PP.333-342.

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