The Feminist Film Theory

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Feminist film theory Feminist scholars point out that there is misogyny in the mainstream media that treat women as inferior and objects. They expressed that there is a need to explore representations and images of women. Feminist film theory makes gender its exploratory focus and it has emerged to find a place for women in films; they were frustrated with how feminist studies ignore critiques and works of media, particularly films. Conventionally, the representations of media are counter to the ideas of feminism. The study of women’s representation in the media is not new When feminist film theory emerged in the 1970s and early 1980s and parallels with the development of film theory. It was more related to film theory than feminist theory.…show more content…
By choosing to explore films made by both Muslim and non-Muslim, male and female directors, we remove the intention to not focus on representing women as victims, but rather investigate their portrayal from different perspectives. Through the examination of these films, a conversation begins with the fact of women’s oppression and ends with the possibility of freedom that comes from Islamic feminism. We all know that films are made to entertain people and that the depiction of Muslim women in these films has been a captivating topic. Even though Islamic feminism has existed for more than a century, the struggle for Muslim women is often depicted as a conflict between Islamic and western values. The media and motion pictures are among the most powerful teaching tools that impact the masses. Moreover, Chris Jenks states that the way humans make sense of culture and environment is affected by visual imagery, especially in the last decades with the spread of mass media. Vision has been over privileged over other senses because Sight is considered as the provider of immediate access to the external world (1995). There are ongoing conversations and debates discussing, supporting the concepts of feminism and women’s rights. Women’s issues in the west had more public debates than in the Muslim and Arab…show more content…
The film also focuses on regulations that control Arab countries where women are fully covered and restrictions about psychical appearance are imposed. it describes Muslim women as creepy, submissive, often in large groups and wearing fully covering black clothes. In recent years, the Muslim women are still portrayed as sex symbols, but now by their dominance and thirst for blood rather than their mystery. In body of lies, the woman was interrogated about her participation in such terrible acts and she answered that her husbanded asked her to do so. The suspicions about the Muslim world after the attacks clearly influenced the roles women take in western films. In never say never again 1983, Fatima a Muslim nuclear scientist is portrayed as a terrorist .her attempts to detonate two nuclear bombs in the west failed and she is later terminated by James bond. In dead or alive 1987, portrays a Jamilla an Arab American who is part of a terrorist organization and is on a mission to kill millions of people with more than fifty chemical weapons. She is determined to die for her cause and launch those
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