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Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People -- Against the chaotic backdrop of ongoing war and conflict in the Middle East and rising fears of terrorism in the West, the makers of the critically-acclaimed documentaries Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land and Edward Said: On Orientalism have produ


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Jack Shaheen ... Himself - Narrator (as Dr. Jack Shaheen)

Directed by
Jeremy Earp 
Sut Jhally 
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Jeremy Earp 
Jack Shaheen 

Produced by
Jeremy Earp .... producer
Original Music by
Simon Shaheen 
Film Editing by
Sut Jhally 
Andrew Killoy 
Mary Patierno 
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Jason Young .... production assistant

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USA:50 min (original release)

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Hollywood is gentle - imagine if they showed sharia law in practice, 4 July 2008
Author: otisnoman from United States

Hollywood's treatment of Arabs on screen is actually often gentle and politically-correct, thanks to fear of protests like Mr. Shaheens.

If the depiction of Arab terrorists seems over-the-top in a dumb action-adventure, try looking at pictures of Islamic men about to decapitate a hostage or the carnage after a suicide bombing. Or listen to a Bin Laden video urging Americans to join his efforts to establish a new caliphate. And does Shaheen really want Hollywood to show daily life in Iran, where women have to make sure they are not seen in public with nail polish on their fingers lest they be sent home or even beaten by religious enforcers who roam the streets and shopping centers? How about the stoning of adulterers, or punishment of rape victims, or limb-amputation of petty thieves? Until Islam itself confronts and truly tries to stop the use of random violence against civilians and the application of medieval laws to modern citizens, it's going to have a problem getting good press.

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