October 11, 2005
Ramadan TV & Terror
Of interest to the media, terror and culture people here, a fine little story on a Ramadan soap that I have been following (or rather, am forced to follow unless I hole myself up in my office) on MBC: Syria launches terror-themed soap for Ramadan.
I caught this referenced online somewhere, but had actually been watching the series without knowing where it was going, although the last episode (10 September on MBC) gave the game away with the somewhat dime Khaliji character getting brainwashed by a ultra-Salafi takfiri type activist. That and the chica who is the implied wheel-chair bound narrator pulling or slipping back her hidjab to show nasty scarring.
Over all an interesting show so far, although I confess I am not a big one for Ramadan soaps in general (or for that matter these types of things, Ramadan or not).
However, the woman who controls the television likes them, so.... This aside, an interesting effort and worth closer study than I have given it. Certainly an item I have found interesting so far is the soap taking the Saudi compounds and the Arab world microcosm they often represent (a mix of Shamis, Maghrebines, Saudis, etc) and using that to reflect on life, careers and indeed terrorism.
I have liked the fact the Maghrebine couple use their own actual dialect (although I suspect no one understands it - even though they are speaking a fairly clear version; the last episode had something of an amusing exchange between the kindly Leb-Syrian matriarch and the young Maghrebi family wife wherein the matriarch didn't understand the young woman at all), which is a nice change; it's also nice that the serial includes Sudanese and Maghrebines. The Charqi people - especially Cham and Misr - often leave one with the impression that only they exist.
Perhaps I shall report on how this goes (although I confess I am usually working during the thing so pay less-than-careful attention to the plot lines).
Regardless, another example of how one can not say the Arab world is not talking about these issues (and I might add in the case of this series, casting the terrorists in unflattering light).
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"the media, terror and culture people here"
Posted by: secretdubai at October 11, 2005 02:34 PM
Okay, not the most felicitious turn of phrase.
Posted by: lounsbury at October 11, 2005 05:40 PM
Hah, will leave that one as it is.
Posted by: eerie at October 11, 2005 06:19 PM