Pop Culture in Arabian Peninsula Cinema


Culture is characterized as cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, traditions, and lifestyle shared by a group of people in the same society, which are transmitted from generation to generation. There is no doubt that the tribal societies formed over the centuries in the Gulf region and the Arabian Peninsula have succeeded in creating their own culture that is distinctive from others, and today it has begun to reap the fruits of that unique personality in all its cultural and artistic products. The aim of this research is to focus on the Bedouin culture, through analyzing four of the most amazing gulf films in the past few years. these films are: 'Theep" (2014), which shaved away its successes until it reached the representation of the entire Arab region in the Oscars for the year 2016, Shadow of the Sea - UAE - Nawaf Al - Janahi, New Day in Old Sanaa - Yemen - Badr Ben Hirsi - 2005 and finally Oujda - Saudi Arabia - Haifa Al Mansour - 2012. The research will concentrate on how these films as a product reflect on the role of the local popular culture and its impact on their values, and whether these films succeeded in monitoring the cultural changes of these communities.

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Maya Said, Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates

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Conference: HCNY2018
Stream: Culture, Popular Culture and Cultural Studies

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