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TCM Presents "Race & Hollywood: Arab Images in Film" In July + Watch "Reel Bad Arabs" Doc Now

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 18, 2011 1:50 AM
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TCM continues its Race & Hollywood series... this time focusing on the range of portrayals of Arabs on screen.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, through the month of July, join hosts Robert Osborne and Professor and Middle East media consultant Jack G. Shaheen, author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, and director of the documentary film based on the book, which I've previously highlighted on S&A as recommended viewing.

The doc explores a long line of degrading cinema images of Arabs, offering insights into the origin of these stereotypical images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today.

Watch the 50-minute Reel Bad Arabs which I embedded below, and then set your VCRs or DVRs on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of July, when 32 features and 5 shorts will be screened on the channel, from 1921s silent film, The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino, to 1999s Three Kings, which starred George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube as American soldiers in Iraq at the close of the first Gulf War.

Click HERE for the full lineup of films, along with all the other relevant info, like screening days and specific times.

Here's the Reel Bad Arabs documentary:

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  • Big Steve | July 29, 2011 3:08 AMReply

    Turner Colorized Movies is showing pro-Arab movies. These aren't necessarily old movies. Some of them are only a year or two old. They aren't showing them because they are good movies. They are showing them because they are pro-Arab. I really don't need a movie channel telling me how to think. TCM should be ashamed..

  • James Madison | July 18, 2011 4:34 AMReply

    I'm putting this on the radar.

    Thanks for posting.

  • JMac | July 18, 2011 4:20 AMReply

    One of the reasons I like stopping by TCM. They don't just show films, they put them in context regardless of how negative or embarrassing the context is. Their marathon of Sabu's films were a real eye-opener. I guess he'll end up in here too.

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