Over the last quarter-century, Palestinian cinema has emerged as a major artistic force on the global scene. Deeply rooted in the historic struggles for national self-determination, this cinema is the single most important artistic expression of a much-maligned people. Despite the extraordinary social and artistic significance of Palestinian film, there is no single volume in which its political and aesthetic aspects are carefully examined. "Dreams of a Nation", a collection of essays and interviews in which filmmakers, critics and scholars reflect on its production and impact, is the most comprehensive book on Palestinian cinema in any language.
Hamid Dabashi is Professor of Comparative Study of Culture and Iranian Studies at Columbia University. His books include Close Up: Iranian Cinema: Past, Present and Future (also from Verso); and Theology of Discontent: The Ideological Foundatation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.