Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hollywood's Reel Bad Arabs: Problems and Prospects Presentation and Discussion with Dr. Jack Shaheen

* I have heard Jack Shaheen speak live before and I can't recommend it enough. If you are in New York and interested in media representations of Arabs and Muslims--or of PoC in general-- go .

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents:
Hollywood's Reel Bad Arabs: Problems and Prospects Presentation and Discussion with Dr. Jack Shaheen

Friday, September 25, 2009
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Department of Cinema Studies
721 Broadway, Room 648

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This event is free and open to the public.

"Dr. Jack Shaheen presents his groundbreaking documentary and his new books
Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs After 9/11 and Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, which dissect a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters. The works explore 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 U.S. 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 Muslims and the effects of specific U.S. 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, Shaheen 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."

The talk and screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Dr. Jack Shaheen and Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen, founding director of the A/P/A Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the Hagop Kevorkian Center and Near Eastern Studies; Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program and Department of Cinema Studies at Tisch School of the Arts; and the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History/Center for Religion and Media.

1 comment:

  1. SIGH. As you know, I'm a huge, HUGE fan of Dr. Shaheen's work, which was absolutely invaluable to me when I wrote the skinheads/jihadis piece. I literally couldn't have done it without him.

    Unfortunately, my friends have planned my group farewell during this time slot. Life is officially mocking me. I'm gonna go kick someone's tires now. :o(