WATCH: TCM’s Original Promo for Arab Images On Film programming, Tuesdays and Thursdays in prime time this July.
WATCH: Professor Jack G. Shaheen and actress Shohreh Aghdashloo on the history of Arab stereotypes.
WATCH: Professor Jack G. Shaheen on the culturally complex portrayals of Arabs by Rudolph Valentino.
WATCH: From the July, 2011 edition of TCM’s Now Playing: The Show, Robert and expert Jack G. Shaheen on this month’s Arab Images On Film programming.
Get more information about Turner Classic Movies’ “Race & Hollywood: Arab Images on Film” project.
About Dr. Jack Shaheen
Internationally acclaimed author and media critic, Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, is a committed internationalist and a devoted humanist. A Pittsburgh native and former CBS news consultant on Middle East Affairs, Shaheen’s lectures and writings illustrate that damaging racial and ethnic stereotypes of Asians, blacks, Native Americans and others injure innocent people. He defines crude caricatures, explains why they persist, and provides workable solutions to help shatter misperceptions.
Professor Shaheen has given over 1,000 lectures in nearly all the 50 states and three continents. Among those universities that have welcomed him are Oxford, Amherst, Brown, Emory, Harvard, the University of Southern California, West Point, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the White House Truman Center. World capitols where he has spoken include London, Berlin, Paris, Prague, New Delhi, Cairo, and Istanbul. He has consulted with the United Nations, the Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and New York City’s Commission on Civil Rights. In cooperation with the United States government, he has conducted communication seminars throughout the Middle East.
Dr. Shaheen is the author of four books: Nuclear War Films, Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture, The TV Arab and the award-winning book and film Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People.
His writings include 300-plus essays in publications such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post to chapters on media stereotypes in dozens of college textbooks.
Dr. Shaheen, an Oxford Research Scholar, is the recipient of two Fulbright teaching awards. He holds degrees from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Missouri. He has appeared on national network programs such as CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Nightline, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, and The Today Show.
Among Dr. Shaheen’s awards recognizing his “outstanding contribution towards a better understanding of our global community” are: The University of Pennsylvania’s Janet Lee Stevens Award; the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of “his lifelong commitment to bring a better understanding towards peace for all mankind;” and the Pancho Be Award for “the advancement of humanity.” Pancho Be, a Mayan phrase, means to seek the root of truth.
Shaheen has served as a consultant with film and TV companies: DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera, and Showtime.
The following is a complete schedule of TCM’s Race & Hollywood: Arab Images on Film. Films in bold are making their TCM debut. All times shown are Eastern.
Tuesday, July 5 – Early Images
8 p.m. The Sea Hawk (1924)
10:30 p.m. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
1:00 a.m. The Sheik (1921)
2:30 a.m. Tarzan the Fearless (1933)
3:45 a.m. The Lost Patrol (1934)
Thursday, July 7 – Arabs as Villains
8 p.m. Adventure in Iraq (1943)
9:30 p.m. Action in Arabia (1944)
11:00 p.m. Sirocco (1951)
1:00 a.m. Trunk to Cairo (1966)
3:30 a.m. Sinbad the Sailor (1947)
Tuesday, July 12 – Epics
8:00 p.m. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
12:00 a.m. Lion of the Desert (1981)
3:00 a.m. The Four Feathers (1939)
5:00 a.m. Young Winston (1972)
Thursday, July 14 – Arabs as a Subject of Ridicule
8 p.m. Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937) and Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1937)
10 p.m. Road to Morocco (1942) and Sahara Hare (1955)
11:45 p.m. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) and Mummy’s Dummies (1948)
1:45 a.m. Arabian Tights (1933) and Little Beau Porky (1964)
2:30 a.m. The Sad Sack (1957) and Hare-Abian Nights (1966)
4:30 a.m. Bowery to Baghdad (1955)
Tuesday, July 19 – Arab Maidens
8 p.m. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
10:15 p.m. Dream Wife (1953)
12:15 a.m. Kismet (1944)
2:30 a.m. Chandu the Magician (1932)
3:45 a.m. The Desert Song (1955)
Thursday, July 21 – Arabs as Sheiks
8 p.m. Drums of Africa (1963)
10 p.m. Harum Scarum (1965)
12 a.m. Jewel of the Nile (1985)
2 a.m. Son of the Sheik (1926)
3:30 a.m. The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Tuesday, July 26 – Even-Handed Portrayals
8 p.m. Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
10 p.m. The Black Tent (1956)
12 a.m. Three Kings (1999)
1:30 a.m. King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)
3:30 a.m. Sahara (1943)
5:15 a.m. Bataan (1943)
Thursday, July 28 – Images from Outside Hollywood
8 p.m. Princess Tam Tam (1935)
9:30 p.m. The Band’s Visit (1907)
11:15 p.m. Rana’s Wedding (1903)
1 a.m. Battle of Algiers (1966)
3:15 a.m. Taste of Cherry (1997)
Schedule subject to change.