The Oriental Dictator?

“The Dictator” is a movie about an oppressive dictator who is summoned to New York by the United Nations concerning his country’s nuclear weapon program. However, during his stay in America his appearance is altered so no one recognizes him, preventing him from returning to his country and he has …

Aladdin and Orientalism

The 1992 Disney movie Aladdin is a widely popular film, but the portrayal of the characters within the film is fraught with Orientalist stereotypes. This is also important relative to the fact that the protagonists are overwhelmingly Americanized while the antagonists are depicted through damaging and hurtful stereotypes. From the …

Arab Idol

  The Idol, directed by Hany Abu-Assad, is an Arabic film that captures the true story of Mohammed Assaf, and aspiring musician living in a refugee camp in Gaza (Palestinian territories) who sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the program “Arab Idol” (IMDb). The motion picture expresses various …

Love is a Battlefield

They say all is fair in love and war. This Academy Award winning film truly brings this quote to life. Omar, a Palestinian film by Hany Abu-Assad, is a thriller centered around a romance. The main character in the film, Omar, experiences hardships, betrayal, and jail time. He faces the …

Unshakeable Faith

Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God.” -Radhanath Swami    Forming the …