Friday, April 13, 2007

Peace Cafe Film
REEL BAD ARABS directed by Jack Shaheen

Sunday April 15, 2007
9:30-11:30AM - Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street NW
Washington DC

9:30-11:30 AM (Langston Room) Peace Cafe - film showing of "Reel Bad
Arabs." This groundbreaking documentary 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. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film
explores 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 US 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.

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