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"Hollywood and the Muslim World" topic of BYU lecture April 8

On Thursday, April 8, the Brigham Young University Theatre and Media Arts Department will screen "Hollywood and the Muslim World" at 11 a.m. in the Museum of Art auditorium, follwed by a Q and A session with director Charles Stuart. The event is open to the public.

The documentary explores how Muslims in the Middle East view the influence of American popular culture, particularly Hollywood movies, on their lives and their religion. Residents of Cairo, Egypt; Beirut, Lebanon; Doha, Qatar; and Erbl, Kurdistan, are interviewed. Many of them work at local or network television outlets; others are teenagers encountered in video stores.

Most of the older interviewees see Hollywood movies as a corrupting influence and an attack on their religion, while younger residents speak openly of their love for American movies.

Stuart is a journalist whose credits include: "Frontline: When Cops go Bad," "Into the Shadows: The CIA in Hollywood" (2001), Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir (1998), and My Mother's Murder (1992).

For more information, contact April Chabries at (801) 422-9183.

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