Reel Bad Arabs

    • Sut Jhally, Jeremy Earp
    • United States of America
    • 50 min
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    This 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, the film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs - from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding "terrorists" - along the way offering devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, and their development at key points in US history. Shaheen shows how the persistence of these images over time has served to naturalize 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 international 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 recognize the need for counter-narratives that do justice to the diversity and humanity of Arab people, history, and culture.


    Sut Jhally, Jeremy Earp
    Alexandra Peterson for Media Education Foundation, Sut Jhally for Media Ed Foundation, Jeremy Earp for Media Education Foundation
    Involved TV Channel
    Link TV, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel


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    George Matta for MundoVision

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