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Shadows and Light, the Last of the Pioneers
Nazih Shahbandar (Nouron wa Thilal). Syria/France, 1994
Directed by: Omar Amiralay
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 long interview with Shahbandar.