Synopsis by Carrie Downes
In Hollywood Harems, Tania Kamal-Eldin traces the Hollywood portrayal of Arab, Persian, Chinese, and Indian women, incorporating movie clips from the 1920s to the 1980s to highlight her criticism of the racial, sexual, and gendered stereotypes inherent in these movies. The film, with subtitles, offers an insightful critique of how these portrayals have both shaped and reinforced negative views about Eastern women, creating the prevailing Hollywood image of the "exotic" Eastern woman. This eye-opening educational video "opens new windows on the shifting, often conflicted set of paradigms that have cast Middle Eastern women in fantastic, romanticized, racist, and often destructive roles," praises Dr. Elizabeth Newsome, Visual Arts Department, University of California at San Diego.
Arab, culture [social culture], Eastern-US, exotic, exploitation, Hollywood