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Thread #131989   Message #2984151
Posted By: Emma B
10-Sep-10 - 04:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: Burning Korans
Subject: RE: BS: Burning Korans
"Emma, read 'Not Without My Daughter' by betty Mahmoody"

about the film...

The movie was based on a book with the same title, written by Betty Mahmoody and William Hoffer and based on Betty's version of events. The screenplay was written by David W. Rintels. The film was directed by Brian Gilbert and filmed at GG Studios, Neve Ilan, Israel and in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Not Without My Daughter does not play fair with its Muslim characters.
If a movie of such a vitriolic and spiteful nature were to be made in America about any other ethnic group, it would be denounced as racist and prejudiced."
Film critic Roger Ebert

Caryn James of The New York Times, in a review, states that the movie
"exploits the stereotype of the demonic Iranian...it is an utter artistic failure, and its reliance on cultural stereotype is a major cause". Moody, she writes, seems to be a "pure product of his culture, a mysterious, misogynist Easterner...the film views fanaticism as the Iranian national character".

A review in the Los Angeles Times described the movie as "unbalanced and distorted" which "fails to distinguish between the (Iranian) state and the people

"In response to Not Without My Daughter, a Finnish documentary, titled Without My Daughter was made by director Alexis Kouros.
It is composed of interviews with Dr. Mahmoody regarding his life in Iran and attempts to contact his daughter Mahtob again.
Kouros said that the aim of the 90-minute documentary was to "show the lies in the American film and present the real story behind" what turned into an acrimonious custody battle for Mahtob Mahmoody"

Don't think I'll bother thanks ..... maybe something a little more objective?