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Dishing democracy : Arab social reform via satellite TV

Author: Bregtje M Van der HaakBruno FelixFemke WoltingJay O SandersSubmarine (Firm)All authors
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Across the Arab world, the impact of satellite TV has been profound. More than a decade after what is often described as the Arab satellite revolution, satellite channels have created a virtual Arab metropolis exploring new ideas, pushing boundaries and encouraging debate -- from the ground up. Before the advent of satellite dishes, most Arab viewers depended on terrestrial state television, which meant few channels  Read more...
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Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Bregtje M Van der Haak; Bruno Felix; Femke Wolting; Jay O Sanders; Submarine (Firm); VPRO.; Radio-télévision suisse romande.; Radio-Télévision belge de la communauté culturelle française.; Educational Broadcasting Corporation.; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
OCLC Number: 223433066
Notes: Originally broadcast as an episode of the PBS television series Wide Angle on July 31, 2007.
Credits: Edited by Katharina Wartena and Alexander Oey.
Performer(s): Jay O. Sanders, narrator.
Description: 1 videodisc (57 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Contents: Title from videodisc. 1. Kalam Nawaem --
2. A Media revolution --
3. Rania and Farah --
4. Breaking taboos --
5. Muna and Fawzia.
Other Titles: Wide angle (Television program)
Responsibility: a Submarine Production for Thirteen/WNET New York in association with VPRO, TSR and RTBF ; directed by Bregtje van der Haak ; produced by Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting.

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Across the Arab world, the impact of satellite TV has been profound. More than a decade after what is often described as the Arab satellite revolution, satellite channels have created a virtual Arab metropolis exploring new ideas, pushing boundaries and encouraging debate -- from the ground up. Before the advent of satellite dishes, most Arab viewers depended on terrestrial state television, which meant few channels and some form of government oversight of everything that went to air. Since 1990, the number of satellite channels sky-rocketed from one to more than two hundred today. The outcome was the introduction of independent journalism in the Arab world that includes live reports from the field, news analysis, and talk shows that bring political debate and taboo subjects like homosexuality, polygamy, wife battering, and equality between the sexes into the public spotlight. WIDE ANGLE goes behind the scenes at Arab television channel MBC in Cairo for an inside look at the hit all-female talk show, KALAM NAWAEM. The film provides a nuanced portrait of four Arab women harnessing the power of transnational satellite TV to boldly and effectively push social reform. With exclusive access to both the private and the professional lives of the hosts and producers, the cameras capture censorship discussions, tension and camaraderie in the dressing room, and viewer reactions on the Arab street.

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