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Movie Screening: Reel Bad Arabs – How Hollywood Vilifies a People

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 @ 17:30 - 19:30


The Event Committee of the Society of International Affairs in Gothenburg in co-operation with Cinema Politica and Folkuniversitetet welcomes you to the screening of the documentary ‘REEL BAD ARABS: HOW HOLLYWOOD VILIFIES A PEOPLE’, directed by Sut Jhally.

‘REEL BAD ARABS: HOW HOLLYWOOD VILIFIES A PEOPLE’ dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged form the earliest days of silent film to today’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters: the depiction of Arabs. The film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs (Bedouin bandits, submissive maidens, gun-wielding “terrorists” and so on) while offering devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today.

‘REEL BAD ARABS: HOW HOLLYWOOD VILIFIES A PEOPLE’ is an extension of the book of that name by Dr. Jack Shaheen, Professor Emeritus of Mass Communication at Southern Illinois University, a leading scholar of Arab representations in US popular culture. The documentary was screened at the 2006 Dubai International Film Festival, the 2007 Brisbane International Film Festival, the 2007 Arab Film Festival, the 2008 Festival de Integración de Valencia as well as the Norwegian Film Institute in 2009.

The trailer can be found here.

The screening is free and open to everyone.


Lecture hall Sappören
Sprängkullsgatan 25
Göteborg, Sweden
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