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Lebanese-Canadian artist Jayce Salloum and Palestinian writer-director Elia Suleiman collaborated on Speaking for Oneself . . . (1990, 45 min.), a montage of images from Western news media and pop culture showing how the Palestinians were demonized during the intifada of the mid-1980s. Forsaking the luxury of voice-over commentary, Salloum and Suleiman present an early newsreel describing the “land of scorpions and Arabs”; unflattering stereotypes from Lawrence of Arabia, I Dream of Jeannie, and Mr. Magoo cartoons; and excerpts from movies like Exodus that ennoble the Israelis. Occasionally, for ironic effect, they cut to footage of squalor and anger in the occupied territories, yet the juxtaposition is more jarring than illuminating. Blaming the media seems a lame academic exercise despite an impressive accumulation of evidence. Up to the South (1993, 60 min.), by Salloum with Walid Ra'ad, reports on the strife in southern Lebanon, reviews the region's political history, and scrutinizes such hot-button terms as “terrorism,” “colonialism,” and “resistance.”

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