Iron(y) Man 3: Saving Muslim Women

An Iron Man 3 action figure.

Explosions, gripping fight scenes, artificial intelligence, funny one-liners, sexist playboy arrogance and close-ups of Robert Downey Jr.'s face overlaid with computer graphics are everything I expect when walking into an Iron Man movie. What I don't expect are convenient and overused Hollywood tropes about Muslim women. So now you know my guilty pleasure. I'm a science-fiction-superhero-action-film geek -- and I frequent these movie genres in part to turn off my brain, enjoy some CGI … [Read more...]

The Tiger Hunter: Interview with Filmmaker Lena Khan

Filmmaker Lena Khan.

Let's face it: there has been many a cringeworthy attempt at capturing the funny side of being a Muslim in the West. Apart from the brilliant 2010 film Four Lions, I always struggle to think of Muslim-themed comedies that actually make me smile. I was pleased to hear about Lena Khan's project – The  Tiger Hunter – which tells the familiar tale of a young Muslim man moving to 1970s Chicago to achieve his dreams. I interviewed the brilliant and talented Ms. Khan about her project, representations o … [Read more...]


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