Edward Said's book Orientalism has been influential in a diverse range of disciplines since its publication in 1978. In this interview he talks about the context in which the book was conceived, its main themes, and how its original thesis relates to the contemporary understanding of "the Orient."
Twelve undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Cinema TV at the University of Southern California discuss American and Arab films in light of September 11 and war in the Middle East. The students come from a variety of backgrounds: Arab and American, Muslim, Christian and Jewish. Through their passionate debate, one can learn how the same film characters and storylines can be interpreted in radically different ways. Films discussed are: "Behind closed doors", "Pay it forward", "High noon", "A man in our house".
An acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, and video artist, Iranian-born Shirin Neshat addresses the complex forces shaping the identity of Muslim women throughout the world and explores the social, political, and psychological dimensions of women's experiences.