Where Are the Heroes? Arab Cinema in the Time of Extremism
Huffington Post - about 2 months
We've recently been witness to the fact that politics can definitely be cinematic. Maybe not always in a good way, but it is. So is cinema political in return?
When we watch a film, we make a choice that is oftentimes political, because it involves gender, ethnicity, religion and our own personal beliefs. With our money, we help shape the choices Hollywood, Bollywood and world cinema filmmakers will make in the future. Say you watch the latest Fast & Furious film, or instead choose a cozy viewing of Jeff Nichols' Loving. The first will help perpetuate a certain kind of hyper popular, testosterone filled moviemaking, while the latter will more likely inspire cultural understanding, across gender and race.
I believe every movie ticket we buy is a vote, and it may end up counting more in the long run than any vote in the US election.
So if we're talking Arab cinema, well that term is undeniably charged, at its very roots. These days, the country of origin of a film and t
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