Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People - DVD
Arab American National Museum
Reel Bad Arabs, How Hollywood Villifies A People by Dr. Jack Shaheen is a groundbreaking documentary. It dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Holloywood 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 orgin 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. By inspiring critical thinking about the social, political and basic human consequences of leaving these Holloywood caricatures unexamined, the film challenges viewers to recognize 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.
Internationally acclaimed aurthor and media critic, Dr. Jack G. Shaheen is a commited internationalist, a devoted humanist and Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University. A Pittsburgh native and former CBS news consultant on Middle East Affairs, Shaheen lectures and writing illustrate that damaging racial and ethnic stereotypes of Asians, blacks, Native Americans and others injure innocent people. Professor Shaheen has given over 1,000 lectures in nearly all the 50 states and three continents.