Amreeka

I walked in the theater for the showing of Amreeka a few minutes late but I didn’t miss any of the story. I have not read a lot about anti-Palestinian sentiment of American’s, but I feel that the movie did a good job of depicting what a Palestinian family might have gone through after 9/11 with the hate mail that they received in the film and the precautions that they had to make like buying metallic bats to place next to their bed for protection. Another thing that interested me about the film was that it was hinted that the media in America wasn’t showing all the devastating things going on in Palestine at the time, just the assassination of Saddam Hussein—this is seen in the scenes where Muna’s brother-in-law Nabeel is sleeping downstairs and watching television and when the entire family is watching television at the dinner table. American media has a knack for giving Americans a “bloated sense of patriotism, a media-fed consciousness that hosts binaries of ‘us,’ the citizens of the United States, and ‘them,’ a category that all peoples of middle-eastern descent gets clumped into” (The quote is from an essay of mine that was just published by the Norman Mailer Center, http://nmcenter.org/awards_pages/view/7/2012-norman-mailer-center-and-the-ncte-awards)

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About evinhughes

I am a graduate of Georgia Southern University located in Statesboro Georgia. I have a bachelors degree in Information Technology and a bachelors in Writing and Linguistics.
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