Portrayal Of Middle Western Women Essay

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According to German film theorist Siegfried Kracauer “films are the mirror of the prevailing society.” Through films viewers can understand the culture and sentiments of the people during the time of the film’s creation. Film directors study popular trends in their society and have those trends reflected back in their films to gain viewers and economic profit by providing something the audience can relate to. The preservation and study of films allow for the observation of the political attitudes of the people at the time of the film’s release. The study allows researchers to examine how an idea or perception of something can change over the course of several years. United States cinema has been able to record how American involvement in the Middle East has influenced attitudes and perceptions toward Middle Eastern women. Through cinema one can view how foreign policy has influenced the portrayal of Middle Eastern women in films and the significance the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks had on their portrayal.
Early portrayals of Middle Eastern women in American films were intentionally portrayed inaccurately in order to garner the attention of the public. Unlike modern American films, early cinema did not portray Middle Eastern women as ominous veiled figures or terrorist conspirators. The women were only portrayed as Arab and rarely was Islam directly associated with her character. Middle Eastern women first became the victims of stereotyping in the…

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