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Film "Reel Bad Arabs—How Hollywood Vilifies a People" & Potluck Dinner

Date:
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Event Type:
Screening
Organizer/Author:
ANSWER Coalition
Email:
Phone:
415-821-6545
Location Details:
2489 Mission St. Room 30, at 21st St. SF
near 24th St. BART, #14, #49 MUNI

ANSWER Film Screening and Potluck Dinner
“Reel Bad Arabs”

This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from 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, 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 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. 50 min., 2006

Discussion will follow the film.
Added to the calendar on Wed, Dec 12, 2007 12:35PM
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