Auf der anderen Seite. Bilder der Gewalt, Differenz und Solidarität im zeitgenössischen Film zu islamisch geprägten Kulturen und islamischem Fundamentalismus

  • Elke Frietsch


On the Other Side. Images of violence, Difference, and Solidarity in Contemporary Films on Islamic Cultures and Islamic fundamentalism

In recent years, films and works on video have helped to deconstruct the popular western clichéd view of Islamic cultures. Different but also similar examples of this are the philosophical film Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (2007) by the German-Turkish director Fatih Akin, and the autobiographical animated cartoon Persepolis (2007) by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. The essay analyses what role solidarity plays in the two films, how traditional western gender stereotypes about Islamic cultures are deconstructed, how and gender-specific violence in Islamic fundamentalism is criticized.