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Desert in the Coffeehouse: Middle Americans and the Middle East

Twin Cities coffeehouse patrons , Pamela Nice  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Twin Cities coffeehouse patrons
  • Directors: Pamela Nice
  • Writers: Pamela Nice
  • Producers: Inc. Café Aziza
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 28 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WJHBAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,986 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Says filmmaker Pamela Nice: "This film is an answer to a challenge and a question posed by Ahmed, a young Moroccan, when I was teaching theatre at the National Theatre Institute in Rabat. 'We want to know what Americans--not their government or media--think of Arabs.' This was followed by, 'Do they feel like they are living in an empire?' This film explores the territory between these two thoughts." Nice interviews over 100 coffeehouse patrons in Minneapolis and St. Paul to discover how her fellow Minnesotans were thinking about the Middle East and America's relationship to it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for facilitating intercultural dialogue November 23, 2009
I have used this documentary film for dialogue programs between students of the Arab world and the U.S. The film compiles a wide-variety of middle American opinions and observations about the Middle East (most of which are rarely heard by Arab audiences), and raises some key points for further reflection and discussion. It has been received very positively by my students, and spawned some excellent intercultural dialogue. I would recommend it for anyone working on Arab-American relations, dialogue, or international exchange programs.
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With thoughtfulness, honesty, and sometime humor, Pamela Nice's new documentary asks a simple question: What do Americans really know about the Middle East? The answers are amazing. Find out for yourself and shatter your own stereotypes about both America and the Middle East.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How we see them and they us December 30, 2009
The Middle East is always in the news, but what do typical Americans really know about the place, the political issues, or the importance of this region? This film provides some very eye opening answers. Set up by email questions from a Middle Eastern friend, Nice seeks answers from people found in coffeehouses in Minneapolis-St. Paul. It seems that what middle Americans know is based on stereotypes, not so far from how many people in the Middle East see the U.S. Even though neither side probably has any idea how it's opposite sees it. Mixed in are some very insightful historical observations suggesting the range and diversity of Americans' understanding. Throughout the film the tone is very open; none of the interviewees conveys a sense of intimidation or concern about their answers. As a result the film is an ideal way to open discussion whether in a classroom, which is how I would use it, or in another group setting.
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