Saturday, January 4, 2014

Jack Shaheen's REEL BAD ARABS


Dr. Jack Shaheen is a veteran newsman, a professor of media, and himself an 'Arab', at least according to the Orientalist codes discussed by Edward Said.  Shaheen's book is a catalogue of films that mis-represent Arabs, while this film is much more of a synthesis of not only his film research but also the history of Arabs in Western films.  This is a worthwhile film to watch not just in regards to Israel-Palestine but also our understandings of post-9/11 American media.

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