A blog about sociology, written by students in Doha, Qatar.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
NUQ vs Hollywood
This week I am going to
focus on how Northwestern University in Qatar is a perfect example of an
initiative that is trying to break down the stereotype that Hollywood has been
portraying about Arabs being either villains, terrorists, or maidens. According to “Guilty, Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs after 9/11 by
Jack G. Shaheen. Northwestern University is one of the strongest universities
in America, known for it’s strong journalism, and communications programs.
Qatar Foundation deciding to partner with Northwestern University and have a
branch campus is a rotted solution to the negative portrayal of Arabs being
terrorist. Northwestern University, Qatar is now teaching young minds from all
over the Arab world how to send their message across, to the media, and
journalism world. According to a recent interview with Everette Dennis, CEO & Dean of Northwestern University, Qatar he said “One student’s
film, “A Falcon, a Revolution,” used the symbol of the falcon in Arab culture
to illustrate and understand what was happening with the Arab Spring” when he
was asked over what made him proud of NUQ students. This is a great example of
how NUQ students are now showcasing in their own perspectives to speak up and
express their opinions or even other people’s opinion in the Qatari, or even
Arab Society. While Hollywood can
represent the Arab world negatively in most of it’s films, Qatar is starting
it’s own fight against Hollywood, by producing it’s own future filmmakers, and
maybe “Inshallah” the next Hollywood.