Friday, January 26, 2007

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Everyone loves fear propaganda

Even though I haven't watched more than a few episodes of "24" but one doesn't need to watch much more than that to know it is high budget fear propaganda.
My homie Robert Greenwald talks about his take on the hit show.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

2 Men From Iraq

This is a film I made spring of 2006 about two men I knew from our community in Tucson. I hadn't really known their stories until I interviewed them for the film.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Little Mosque on the Prairie

I want to see episodes from this Canadian show... hopefully I can download them from somewhere.

link here

related story from BBC

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Shadi Ghadirian

These photos by Shadi Ghadirian are some of my favorite images. They are from a series called Like Everyday. The artist's statement is combined with the statement for another series named Qajar and reads as follows

... When I did the Qajar series of photographs, I had just graduated and the duality and contradiction of life at that time provided the motive for me to display this contrast: a woman who one can not say to what time she belongs; a photograph from two eras; a woman who is dazed; a woman who is not connected to the objects in her possession. It was very natural that after marriage, vacuum cleaners and pots and pans find their way into my photographs; a woman with a different look, a woman who no matter in what part of the world she is living, still has these kinds of apprehensions.

This time the woman is convicted of a daily repetitive routine and for this reason I named the series "Like Every Day". Now I know what I wish to say with my photographs. Until now, I have had many photographs which show women as second class citizens or depict the censorship of women.

I wish to continue speaking of women because I still have a lot to say. These are my words as a woman and the words of all the other women who live in Iran where being a woman has its own unique system.
I do not believe that Islam inherently treats women as objects. However, I do believe that men in the Islamic world have done a terrible job of treating women as the Prophet and his household (as) did. I don't think Ghadirian's photos are inflammatory but they do raise questions of how Muslim men view women's roles.