Not Without My Daughter Essay by The Research Group

Not Without My Daughter
Analysis of 1990 film based on American woman's experience as wife of Iranian man. Her cultural shock; low status of women in Islamic society. Prejudices. Her escape from Iran with her child.
# 10739 | 1,800 words | 4 sources | 2001 | US


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"The film Not Without My Daughter presents two encounters between the West and Iran. The first is that of Betty Mahmoody, on who's reported experiences the film is based. The second is the filmmakers' rendering of those experiences in dramatic form. Neither response to the culture of Iran or to life in that nation around 1984 is free of the hysteria generated by Western media portrayals in the 1970s and 1980s of the Revolution, the Ayatollah Khomeini, Islamic 'fundamentalism', and stereotypes of Islamic life in the Middle East. But neither response is wholly dominated by these factors and Mahmoody's experience, no matter what elements of personal ignorance or cultural arrogance were involved, is justifiably portrayed as extremely frightening. The chief problem with the encounter as depicted in the film is that what is a personal dilemma for Mahmoody -- in which cultural.."

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