Red Sands’ Substantial Suckitude

This was written by Rahela Choudhury.Red Sands is available on Netflix and claims to introduce a new character into the Western horror genre: the djinn. Instead of the lovable genie popularized by Aladdin, this movie attempts to present djinns as scary and malevolent creatures that can mess with your heads. Directed by Alex Turner (of Dead Birds fame) and released in 2009, Red Sands is about a squad of American soldiers who encounter a wicked djinn in the deserts of Afghanistan.While this … [Read more...]

Between Satire and Stereotype: Gina Dirawi

Khadidje, Fadumah, Ruqaya, Fippan and Bettan are all characters created by blogger Gina Dirawi, a Palestinian Swede whose comic videos mocking racial and other stereotypes have become something of a sensation on the Swedish blogosphere. The following her blog has generated is large enough that she is currently blogging in affiliation with Swedish national television to encourage more young people to vote in September. Some of Gina's characters can be seen here, in an oldĀ 'Halal Hills' … [Read more...]