I would like to thank Ibrahim al-Ariss, Marie Claude Behna, Professor Gabriele Braune, Professor Joachim Colmant, Dr. Karin Hörner, Boudjemaa Kareche, Dr. Verena Klemm, Professor Albrecht Noth, Professor Muhammad Kamil al-Qalyubi, Kamal Ramzi, Professor Ella Shohat, Professor Robert Starn, and Magda Wassef. My thanks also to the many filmmakers and cineastes who have helped me.
The research that led to this book could not have been accomplished without the financial support of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. I am also very grateful to the Cinematheque Algerienne, the Algerian Cultural Institute, and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.
My special thanks go to my husband Onsi Abou Seif for his precious comments, and my sisters-in-law Nawal and Busayna (Souheir) Abou Seif, for their constant and loving support.