reel bad arabs: how hollywood vilifies a people the princess bride
REEL BAD ARABS:
HOW HOLLYWOOD VILIFIES A PEOPLE
Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, this
groundbreaking documentary explores the
stereotypic and often degrading images of Arabs on
screen. From Bedouin bandits to gun-wielding
terrorists,join us as we dissect this slanderous
aspect of Cinema history that has run virtually
unchallenged since the early days of film.
Directed by Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally
2006 | 50 mins | United States
In celebration of International Development Week
HAUTE CUISINE (LES SAVEURS DU PALAIS)
Based on a true story, this delightful film tells the tale of a simple
woman who is astonished when she is appointed as personal chef to the
French president. The authenticity of her cooking seduces the president,
but the corridors of power are littered with jealousy and resentment.
Directed by Christian Vincent
2012 | 95 mins | France | in French [PG13]
Cohost: VIU’s Faculty of International Education
Guest Speaker: Dr. Imogene Lim,
VIU’s Department of Anthropology
In celebration of St. Valentine’s Day
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Join us for a fairy tale love story with all the requisite parts: a pirate, a princess,
sword fights, giants, an evil prince, and yes, even a bit of kissing! This classic film
is a perfect start to your Valentine’s weekend, guaranteed to
melt your chocolates and make your heart sing.
Directed by Rob Reiner
1987 | 98 mins | United States | in English [PG]
This documentary offers an intimate portrait of Rocky Brant, A disenchanted you
American whose travels lead him to an AIDS hostel in India. In this place of
unspeakable hardship, Rocky finds more than he is looking for and learns that
love is the only thing worth living for.
Directed by Steve Hoover
2013 | 92 mins | United States | in English [NR]
A movie of firsts: first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia; first film made by a female Saudi
filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, this is the story
of one young girl’s determination to buy a bike.
Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour
2012 | 98 mins | Saudi Arabia | in Arabic [PG]
Cohost: VIUFA’s Status of Women’s Committee
In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8)
This award-winning documentary takes the viewer to Virunga- a National Park
in Eastern Congo home to the world’s last mountain gorillas. This UNESCO
World Heritage Site is now a raging battleground where those committed to
preserving this land and its inhabitants fight desperately against those who
would have it destroyed in the name of power and profit.
Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel
2014 | 90 mins | United Kingdom and Congo
in English, French, and Swahili [NR]
THE HUNT (JAGTEN)
What would you do if someone told a lie so vicious that your world fell apart?
What would you do if everyone you know and love believed it?
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
2012| 115 mins| Denmark and Sweden| in Danish [R]
WHAT PLANTS TALK ABOUT
From the Stunning heights of the Great Basin Desert to the lush coastal
rainforests of Canada, scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the
secret world of plants, a world of pulsing activity, where plants
communicate, co-operate, and sometimes, wage all-out war.
Directed by Erna Buffie
2013 | 60 mins | United States | in English [NR]
Cohost: VIU’s Consciousness Studies Group
The story follows a young Palestinian freedom fighter in the wake of an Israeli
soldier’s killing. With quiet intensity, the film details the obstacles the young
man must face daily in order to survive and be with the woman he loves.
Omar is as much an epic love story on par with Cyrano de Bergerac, as it is a
tense, gripping thriller about oppression, freedom, and betrayal.
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
2013|96 mins| Palestine| in Arabic and Hebrew [14A]