Evelyn Alsultany examines shifts and nuances in the representations of Arabs, Muslims and Iranians in popular TV and cinema. This article was originally published in University of Michigan’s Film Criticism journal (Volume 40, Issue 1, January 2016) and is reproduced here via Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.
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Looking Back: Versions of the Post-Apocalypse in Contemporary North-American Cinema — by Ana Moya & Gemma López
This paper [from 2017] discusses the role of borderlands in I Am Legend (2007), The Road (2009) and The Book of Eli (2010), and the ways in which these dystopic post-apocalyptic films may be understood through the concept of the border, analyzing the negotiations of meaning and representation that take place. Originally published in University of Michigan’s journal Film Criticism (Volume 41, Issue 1, February 2017), it is reproduced here via Creative Commons 3.0 License.
In this special from BBC Four’s Arena Series (first aired in 1993), Edward Said discusses his book “Culture and Imperialism” and “explains how the attitudes forged over the last 200 years continue to enforce the relationship between the west and the developing world.” The TV special includes participation by Eqbal Ahmad and others. Video embedded for Fair Use.
Book Launch — Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Harvard University Press, 2020) — by Nicole R. Fleetwood (via MoMA PS1)
Here is the video and discussion for the book launch of “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration” (Harvard University Press, 2020) by Nicole R. Fleetwood, hosted by MoMA PS1. All media directly embedded from the original source. We have included relevant links to familiarize viewers and readers with the book and its author’s work.
On Mother’s Day, here is Rana Ghose’s “Take it in Blood” (2014), a documentary that follows Kashmiri rapper MC Kash (of GOAT status) as he enters the world of Parveena Ahangar, Founder of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons and mother to Javaid Ahmed Ahangar, who at age 16 was “enforced disappeared between the night of the 17th of August and the early morning hours of August 18, 1990.”
On 15 March 2018, Madhosh Balhami lost his house and thirty years of written poetry to a fire in the middle of a gun battle between Indian soldiers and rebels. Producers and directors Irfan Dar and Gowhar Farooq have come up with a short documentary series on Kashmiri poetry titled “Madhosh Balhami: The Poet of Perseverance”. Here is an updated page with each of the episodes as they are released. In the first episode, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat (Madhosh Balhami) reminisces about “his early education and the trauma of losing his parents at a young age.” Balhami also revisits the “moment when he took to poetry to express his inner anguish” and recites one of his poems (with English subtitles). Camera by Mohammad Irfan Dar and translation by Hanan Zaffar. Additional links are included to familiarize readers and viewers with Madhosh Balhami’s story and greater work. All media embedded directly from original sources.