[tweetmeme] My Egyptian friend was talking to me the other day about how much he likes American movies, though he cannot watch many. My friend is a pretty strict Muslim and has only been to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, so he has not really experienced the full force of Western culture. Our talk evolved into how Western culture is contaminating Muslims via the internet and satellite TV. I’m not going to talk about any of that, but I found two films today that show Islam being mixed with Western cultures. The first, called The Taqwacores, is about punk Muslims in the United States and the second, called The Infidel, is about a Muslim in Britain who discovers that he is actually Jewish.
The question of how Western culture affects Islam hit the news recently as well. Yesterday, in the Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens argues that American culture – specifically the American female pop stars – are more to blame for anti-Americanism than America’s support for Israel. It is an interesting, if inaccurate, article that is worth a read. Drezner and Hegghammer fire back, saying that, well, Stephens is wrong.
Here are the trailers for the two films. They look entertaining, though I am sure they will offend many. The Taqwacores has alcohol and sex loving Muslims while The Infidel includes more Jewish and Muslim stereotypes than I have ever heard. Watch the trailers. Let me know what you think.
The Taqwacores was submitted to 2010 Sundance Film Festival and The Infidel is set to be released in Britain in April.