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Directed by | The Media Education Foundation

Genre documentary  |  Length: 55mins  |  Year of production: 2006

Full Title: "Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People"

Taking its cue from the book Reel Bad Arabs by Prof. Jack Shaheen, and structured via interviews with the author, this Media Education Foundation video takes a devastating tour of the American cinematic landscape, moving from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters to reveal an astonishing pattern of slanderous Arab stereotyping. The documentary isolates and examines Hollywood's most persistent Arab caricatures, from oversexed Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and blood thirsty terrorists, providing striking insights into the origin of these images, their disturbing similarities to antiSemitic and other racist stereotypes from the past, and their resurgence and political resonance during key moments of crisis in U.S. history.