For those looking for good teaching resources about the depiction of Arabs/Muslims in film, there are two YouTube clips that I have used successfully. The first is the trailer for Jack Shaheen’s documentary based on his book Reel Bad Arabs. It lays out the basics of his argument and give the viewer citable soundbites.

A far more effective clip is Planet of the Arabs, which uses clips exclusively and lets the original scripts form the narration. It is a powerful depiction of the way that Arabs are villified. I recommend its use in any class concerned about how Arabs or Muslims are represented in film.

It should be noted, that both clips conflate Arab and Muslim, a common enough of an error and one that has to be corrected through discussion in class.