Cinema & Art
Professor Dabashi has been principal advisor for many globally recognized artists and filmmakers; most recently he was the chief consultant to Ridley Scott in his making of “Kingdom of Heaven” (2005, Fox Twentieth Century, Hollywood, USA), as well as Hany Abu Assad’s Golden Globe awarded for best foreign language film and an Academy Award nominee in the same category “Paradise Now” (2005), and Shirin Neshat’s “Women without Men” (2006). He has been closely associated with the later stage of Amir Naderi’s cinema in the United States, as well as the spectacular rise of Ramin Bahrani as a major American filmmaker.
Professor Dabashi has also served as jury member on many international art and film festivals, most recently the Locarno International Festival in Switzerland, and the Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of Indian, Asian, and Arab Cinema, in New Delhi, India.
In the context of his commitment to advancing trans-national art and independent world cinema, Professor Dabashi is the founder of Dreams of a Nation, a Palestinian Film Project, dedicated to preserving and safeguarding Palestinian Cinema. He has organized Palestinian film festivals both in the United States and in Palestine. He is on the advisory board of a number of other Palestinian film festivals around the globe. His edited volume, Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema was the first major multiple-author treatment of the subject in any language.
As a theorist of trans-aesthetics (“art without border”), his articles and essays on the relationship between art and politics have been featured, translated to many languages, and published by museums, galleries, and cultural institutes in Europe, Iran, the Arab ad Muslim World, and the United States.
Professor Dabashi’s most recent and emerging interest is in the variegated field of Iranian underground music of protest–as best represented in the works of Shahin Najafi and Mohsen Namjoo, and Blues, Rock, and Jazz bands as Kiosk and world pop bands as the Abjeez.