Hollywood has had a long history of whitewashing and stereotyping different groups –from brownface to blackface and yellowface. For Arabs and Muslims, persistent clichés throughout Hollywood’s history range from desert scenes with camels and palm trees, and characters cast as barbaric villains, belly dancers, or terrorists among others.
On this edition of Making Contact we’ll meet people confronting racist depictions of Muslims and Arabs in pop culture and politics; and two young women evaluating societal expectations placed on them.
Featuring: Diana Kalaji, student at University of San Francisco; and Moustafa Bayoumi, author of “This Muslim American Life, Dispatches from the War on Terror.”
Host: Laura Flynn
Producers: Laura Flynn, Monica Lopez, and Jasmin Lopez
Contributing Producer: Diana Kalaji
Associate Producer: Marie Choi
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth
Moustafa Bayoumi: “This Muslim American Life, Dispatches from the War on Terror”