Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2006)

This groundbreaking 2006 documentary based on Jack Shaheen's acclaimed book of the same title critically examines a long line of degrading images of Arabs in Hollywood and U.S. popular culture -- from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding "terrorists." Shaheen serves as navigator and tour guide through this racist virtual landscape of dehumanizing images and storylines, along the way offering devastating insights into where they came from, why they resonated with special force at particular moments in U.S. history, and why they matter so much to this day.

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