Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The influence that American movies and television shows have had on Muslim countries like Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, and Lebanon is the focus of this cable TV documentary. Assembled by ABC news producer Charlie Stewart, the program shows how films like the James Bond series, TV efforts like Friends and The Sopranos, and celebrities like Jennifer Lopez have insinuated themselves into Muslim culture, as reflected by consumer consumption, merchandising, and even personal behavior. Many in the Arab world regard this as a cultural invasion, regarding the Westernization of entertainment as a corrupting influence on their youth; others worry that class resentment brought about by the contrast between Western fantasy and Muslim reality might foment violence and terrorism against other countries. In the U.S., Hollywood and the Muslim World was telecast as part of the American Movie Channel's AMC Project anthology.