‘Arab Identities’ explores how films have influenced our understanding of identity — our own identity and that of others. From the early silent film era, which presented desert landscapes of an exotic ‘Arabia’, to present-day Arab documentaries focusing on contemporary personal experiences in the region, films have portrayed multiple Arab identities to audiences worldwide.
‘Arab Identities’ uses film as a medium through which these universal concepts and themes surrounding identity can be explored. Combining images, sound, graphics, language, music and costume, film provides a rich and powerful context for this exploration. Identity itself can be understood in many ways—our sense of self can connect to our nationality, gender, class, language, heritage or ethnicity. These are associations that can both divide and bind us as individuals, nations, communities and societies. This unique exhibition highlights the diversity and evolving nature of identity and the Arab world, as well as the powerful contributions that film has made to global knowledge, opinions, attitudes and values.
The Media Majlis is the only university museum in Qatar, the first museum in the Arab World discussing media, journalism and communication, and is open to everyone free of charge. All exhibitions, as well the accompanying publication, programmes and online materials, are bilingual.
Timings: 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays, and 12:30 pm to 5 pm Sunday – Thursday (Museum is closed on Fridays)