Film review

| May 19, 2015


Select a film from the list that follows and discuss how it portrays the Middle East and its people. You should present this discussion with reference to the concept of Orientalism and any other themes encountered during the course of the trimester that might be relevant to your chosen film. (For example History, Politics, Foreign Policy).

In this exercise we are seeking an insightful analysis of the ways in which the Middle East, its inhabitants and its landscapes are represented in the film and the ways in which the producers may or may not be perpetuating stereotypes (either negative or positive). You should not spend too much of your essay simply summarising the film’s plot as this does not address the question.

Alternative films, which are not on the list, can be selected but only with the approval of the Unit Chair.


Aladdin (1992)
Debt (The)
Delta Force
Dictator (The)
Green Zone (The)
Hurt Locker (The)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Kingdom (The)
Kingdom of Heaven
Lawrence of Arabia
Midnight Express
Mummy (The)
Not Without My Daughter
Paradise Now
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Sex and the City 2
Taken 2
Team America: World Police
Three Kings
World War Z
You Don’t Mess With The Zohan

Students should carefully observe the following points when preparing their essay:

It must be submitted in Word format online via CloudDeakin by 9am Monday 18 May 2015.

DO NOT use a Cover Sheet.

Essays are to be 2000 words (This total does not include your bibliography and a ±10% margin is acceptable.)

You should use at least five sources and Referencing is essential. Use the Oxford system of referencing with footnotes. For assistance with Oxford referencing, see

Use direct quotations sparingly and seek to outline ideas in your own words.

The use of other authors’ ideas or words without acknowledgement (plagiarism) is unacceptable. The work you submit will be checked by electronic or other means for the purposes of detecting collusion and/or plagiarism.

The essay must be well structured; introduce, outline, and conclude a consistent argument that directly answers the question you are investigating.

Extensions will only be granted prior to the due date for legitimate reasons.

Late submissions will be penalised at 5% of the total marks available per day.

It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their assignment document has been successfully uploaded. If you are in doubt about whether the file was successfully submitted (eg. The connection seemed to time out or you got no TurnItIn report), contact your campus coordinator by email straight away and they will be able to check.

Always keep a backup copy of your assignment!

Plagiarism Declaration

By using the online submission facility in this unit to submit your assignment you are certifying that the work submitted is entirely your own, except where material quoted or paraphrased is acknowledged in the text. You are also certifying that it has not been submitted for assessment previously in any unit or course.

Assignment return and feedback

Assignments which are submitted on time will normally be assessed and returned to students within three weeks of the due date of submission.

There will normally be no opportunity for resubmission of assignments. However students who feel that the assessment of their work was unfair should contact Sally.

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