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Light and Shadows, The Last of the Pioneers: Nazih Shahbandar

نــور و ظـلال

Light and Shadows (Nour wa Zilal)

Trained as an electrician, Nazih Shahbandar became fascinated with the technology behind film production and was one of the pioneers of cinema production in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1947, he set up a studio fitted with film equipment that was almost entirely of his own fabrication. He wrote scripts, built sets, and innovated new methods of sound recording and transmission. As an enthusiastic inventor, he produced and directed the first Syrian film with sound. His dream was to film and screen a 3D film. An ode to cinema, this documentary is a portrait of Shahbandar.

documentary, Mohamad Malas, Omar Amiralay, Ossama Mohammed, Syria 1994, Arabic with French subtitles, colour, 42 min
Directors Mohammad Malas, Omar Amiralay, Ossama Mohammed | Cinematography Hanna Ward, Abdelkhader Chourbagi |
Produced by Maram for TV & Cinema, al Sayyar Production