Category Archives: Theatre & Film

This category is for posts about dramas performed on the stage or the big screen.

A Separation

Cultural diplomacy has often been ignored as a salient form of political diplomacy. Currently, we are seeing a change in the practice of Arabic cultural diplomacy as it expands to include media that is not state-affiliated and creative projects that … Continue reading

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I Love Hip Hop in Morocco and Cultural Appropriation

Like Charles, I also chose to look at I Love Hip Hop in Morocco.  Our class discussion about cultural appropriation really interested me, particularly how Litvin’s ideas about the appropriation of Hamlet might relate to Arab hip hop as well.  … Continue reading

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I Love Hip Hop In Morocco

I Love Hip Hop In Morocco is a documentary about the first major hip hop festival in Morocco.  While the overarching theme is the creation and performance of the festival, it also focuses on individual artists and allows the viewer … Continue reading

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This is Not a Film (2011), dir. Jafar Panahi

            In 2010, Iranian director Jafar Panahi was put under house arrest due to his open support of the opposition party in Iran’s 2009 elections. He was then sentenced to 6 years in prison and … Continue reading

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Persepolis: A Personal Iranian Narrative

In the animated film Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi narrates her own personal journey in the midst of key historical and political events during the Islamic Revolution and the Iraq-Iran War that affected her while she was growing up. It’s because of … Continue reading

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Multiple Perspectives in Ajami

Ajami is a film that was co-written, directed, and produced by Palestinians and Jewish-Israelis, and which was structured at lot like the movie Crash, with various stories coming together in the final  scenes. The stories follow both Palestinians and Jewish-Israelis, … Continue reading

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Salt of This Sea

I was recently able to watch the film, Salt of This Sea—that was suggested to us in class. The film was directed and produced by Palestinian filmmaker and poet, Annemarie Jacir. Jacir tells the story of a Brooklyn-born women of … Continue reading

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The Bilingual Message of Ajami

Ajami is an Israeli film set in an Arab ghetto in Jaffa, an Israeli city adjacent to Tel Aviv and filled with Israeli Arabs, illegal Palestinian immigrants, Christians, and Jews.  It was co-written by Scandor Copti, an Arab Israeli, and … Continue reading

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Cup Final

I watched Cup Final, since I was interested after we saw several clips in class and both Shohat and Bardenstein discuss it in their articles.  Cup Final is an Israeli film made in 1992, set in Lebanon during the 1982 … Continue reading

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Kazablan: the Israeli Romeo and Juliet

Kazablan is an Israeli boureka film, directed by Menahem Golan and adapted from Yigal Mossinson’s play of the same name. Shot in Jerusalem and Jaffa, the film may be best be described as an Israeli Romeo and Juliet/West Side Story.  It … Continue reading

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