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Reel Bad Arabs

Synopsis
This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged form the earliest days of silent film to today’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author

Dr. Jack Shaheen explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs as portrayed in films. He offers insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today. Shaheen shows how the persistence of these images over time has served to naturalise prejudicial attitudes toward Arabs and Arab culture, in the process reinforcing a narrow view of individual Arabs and the effects of specific US domestic and internationl policies on their lives. By inspiring critical thinking about the social, political, and basic human consequences of leaving these Hollywood caricatures unexamined, the film challenges viewers to recognise the urgent need for counter-narratives that do justice to the diversity and humanity of Arab people and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2006
Year of production
2006
Subjects
Social Studies; Film studies
Keywords
Arabic communities; cultural theory; feature films; racial identity

Credits

Director
Sut Jhally
Contributor
Jack Shaheen

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1
Price
$250.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes
Year
2006

Distributor

Name

Media Education Foundation

Email
info@mediaed.org
Web
http://www.mediaed.org External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 413 584 8500
Fax
+1 413 586 8398
Address
60 Masonic Street
Northampton
Massachusetts 01060
USA
Notes
The MEF produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political and cultural impact of the mass media, particularly in the US, with emphasis on gender, health, politics, race and commercialism. Sale on DVD.

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