Labor Goes to the Movies 2012-2013: Contesting Islamaphobia

Since its invention at the end of the 19th century, cinema has been an international medium able to transcend linguistic borders. Films have offered an entry to cultures, sometimes reinforcing stereotypes, often resisting them by virtue of the talent and perspective of creative filmmakers. At a time of growing Islamophobia, including NYPD surveillance of Muslim students at CUNY and other universities, this year’s series offers some cinematic representations - from within - of the variety of cultures in which Islam is a significant presence. Many of these films have won prizes throughout the world, a recognition that has brought international renown to many of the filmmakers as they confront the complexity of their own cultures.

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