The image Americans have of Arabs is negative. We already know that, right? Invariably, the terrorists in the Hollywood movies are Arab and/or Muslim. This has been going on for decades. But it’s not just the movies, the American media overall portrays Arabs and Muslims in a negative light. But why is that?
This movie attempts to answer this question. According to the film’s creators, Valentino’s Ghost “examines the ways in which America’s foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the U.S. media’s portrayals of Arabs and Muslims.”
Valentino’s Ghost exposes the patterns and contexts that lie behind the deeply ingrained anti-Arab, anti-Muslim underpinnings in the mainstream media:
The 95-minute film features fresh, riveting and often stunning perspectives from the legendary late American writer Gore Vidal; John Mearsheimer, author of “The Israel Lobby”, celebrated British war correspondent Robert Fisk, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anthony Shadid, Harvard and Oxford historian Niall Ferguson, historian Melani McAlister, TV star Tony Shalhoub, media expert Jack Shaheen, and Hollywood writer Alan Sharp, along with biting commentary in performances by comics Maz Jobrani, Aron Kader and Ahmed Ahmed.
I’ve not seen it yet, but I’m really looking forward to it. The film has been ten years in the making, and as you can imagine, the makers of the film are having a hard time distributing it. If you feel like supporting them, visit this website.
Here’s a brief about the film. Hope you get to watch it soon!