Topic: How the Israel and Palestinian conflict is perceived by the west
Using the Israeli and Palestinian Conflict, discuss its possible impact on both audience interpretation and memory. I want to discuss how most people see the conflict through the western lens, where Israelis are seen as the victims and the Palestinians the terrorists. Hollywood has reproduced that theory in its films where arabs are demonised and portrayed horribly. In reality, it was the Palestinians that were occupied by the israelis, and we never got to see that on film, until documentaries such as ‘5 broken Cameras Emerged’. I have provided a link for you to watch the reaction that israeli teenagers had after they watched the film. I want you to mention how the Israeli social powers prevent their people from knowing the truth behind what is actually occurring. I want you to write about how arabs and muslim portrayals on screen are affecting western perception of them very badly, and that this affects the Middle East’s image in memory.
Jack Shaheen’s documentary “Reel Bad Arabs: How hollywood vilifies a people”
Arun Kundnani (2014): “The Muslims are coming”: islamophobia, extremism and domestic war on terror.
Mention films where Arabs are vilified: The siege, Three Kings, Delta Force, Homeland etc…
If you can also discuss how the 2014 Gaza war was perceived by the west, I would really appreciate it.
In this assessment it is important that you demonstrate an understanding of a range of different theoretical approaches to memory such as collective memory, palimpsestic memory, prosthetic memory and post-memory.
You should also show that you have an awareness of the politics of memory. Why are some events and experiences apparently forgotten while others are remembered? How are differing memories of an event contested?
1. To have gained a working knowledge of key theoretical approaches to memory and an ability to critically interrogate these models.
2. An understanding of the processes in which media contribute to both collective and individual memory.
3. The ability to discuss how issues of race contribute to the mediation of memory.
4. To be able to show how media sources and objects might be used in memory processes and the interpretation of the past.
5. Demonstrate the attainment of skills and insights that will support future research and practice projects.