London Free Press- Arabs’ role in film debated tonight
“Sponsored in part by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF),…At the Central library tonight, the public is invited to view Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People….The film is based on a book by the same name, written by media critic Jack Shaheen. It explores American cinematic culture and reveals a pattern of Arab stereotyping in film. Shaheen watched more than 1,000 movies that included Arabs and he found that only about 7% could be considered positive or non-offensive to Arabs
The film will be followed by a panel discussion.
Kane X. Faucher, a professor in Western’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Wael Haddara, a board member of the Muslim Association of Canada, as well as teacher Ghada Turk, who works at the Al-Taqwa Islamic School in London, are the panelists.”
That panel, where have I seen that name…Wael Haddara, oh yes Wael sits on the Advisory Board of Cair-Canada.
And get a load of Kane X – “Both his literary and academic practice focuses on the effects of metastasis and flux. He is currently exploring the possibility of Nietzschean semiosis, decomposition poetics, metaphysics of metastasis, and rhizomedia. These cardinal points are reflected in his commitment to an pluridisciplinary approach as an open method for understanding the phenomena of fluctuation and difference from a variety of perspectives.” WTF?
That oughta be some discussion;) For a review of Reel Bad Arabs see Reason.com’s piece Unreel Claims
“To get a measure of how indifferent he can be to standard filmic attractions, consider this piece of advice for viewers of the Dyanne Thorne BDSM classic Ilsa: Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheikhs: “A suggestion: Fast-forward through explicit frames not related to Arab images.”