A description not followed by brackets indicates that the distributor's or director's summary has been used.The following format is used to indicate further information about the film: DREAMS OF HIND AND CAMILIA -- Title 1989 - Year 115 min.In early 2011, people throughout the Arab world tuned into Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya - the two pan-Arab television networks - to watch the Egyptian revolution in real time.But was the content of those broadcasts - and the networks' subsequent coverage - influenced by their political allegiances?This upbeat survey of Arab immigration to the United States since the mid-19th century focuses on the problems faced and the adjustments made to become Americans.
A key to reviewers is provided at the back of the guide.This is the third feature film from Bahrain, and all have been directed by Bassam Al-Thawadi, who shows flexibility in both style and subject, always demonstrating a deep sense of reality and romanticism.THE BATTLE FOR THE ARAB VIEWER: 2011, 48 min., Color.[AGF] Produced by Walter Denny and Carel Bertram for Middle East Institute. Ashkenazim - Jews of European origin - are Israel's "white folks." And like most white folks in a multicultural society they see themselves as the norm and don't think of themselves in racial or ethnic terms because by now, "Aren't we all Israeli?" Yiddish has been replaced with Hebrew, exile with occupation, the shtetl with the kibbutz, and old-fashioned irony with post-modern cynicism.
Bill Moyers hosts a post-Gulf War interview with noted scholar Charles Issawi, who is professor emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton and past officer of the Egyptian Ministry of Finance and the United Nations. Which is the stronger unifying force: being Arab or being Muslim? Issawi's answers dispel basic false assumptions about Arabs and Muslims, such as the myth that pan-Arabism or pan-Islamism are anti-Western forces sweeping across the Middle East.