Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"Valentino's Ghost" a Must-See Film

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"Valentino's Ghost" a Must-See Film

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"Valentino's Ghost" a Must-See Film

The Palestine Center in Washington, DC screened on Feb. 5 what this viewer believes is the decade's most important film: "Valentino's Ghost: Why We Hate Arabs" (2015), followed by a Skype conversation with director Michael Singh. The extraordinary 95-minute documentary uses historic news clips and scenes from Hollywood films to trace the way mainstream media and Hollywood have falsely stereotyped Arabs, the Nakba and American wars in the Middle East.Speakers show how Israel has become "the little country that could," while Palestine is now somehow "misplaced."

Singh intersperses film clips with well-edited interviews-priceless gems, really-with Gore Vidal, John Mearsheimer, co-author of The Israel Lobby, British war correspondent Robert Fisk, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid, Harvard and Oxford historian Niall Ferguson, historian Melani McAlister, TV star Tony Shalhoub, media expert Jack Shaheen and Hollywood writer Alan Sharp. …

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