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How does Hollywood movies portray Muslims and Arabs after 9/11? "Content Analysis of The Kingdom and Rendition"
Journalism & Communication
Pages 3 (753 words)
How does Hollywood movies portray Muslims and Arabs after 9/11? “Content Analysis of The Kingdom and Rendition” Noura Alalawi Media Culture Gender and Race JMC 601 Murray State University Abstract This research paper is basically a content analyses paper of two Hollywood Movies (The Kingdom and Rendition).
In addition, I looked at different articles and books that studied the history of Muslims and Arabs depiction in Western media in general and Hollywood movies specifically to find out how theses portrayals and stereotypes have changed after 9/11 attacks. The second part of my paper involves the analysis of both movies to find out how Hollywood portrays Arabs and Muslims after 9/11. I analyzed and criticized most of the movies’ scenes with regard to the language they used, the places where the scenes of both movies took place and other minor details such as how the directors narrated and articulated different events and scenes with different Islamic symbols. Literature Review The occurrence of 9/11 has since modified the theme of Hollywood movies especially in terms of the involvement of Arab or Muslim characters. Immediately after the unfortunate event, there is no group of terrorists is identified without Arabs and Muslims connections. This appears to strengthen the appeal of the narrative of Hollywood thrillers to the viewing public. As a result more and more the Hollywood films came to associate Arabs with barbaric acts in the American society. This trend reinforces the stereotype of the Arab or the Muslim as the villain in many movies. Noting this development, Shaheen (2008) argued that something must be done. ...
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