Does the Arab Film Festival in Sydney support the social acceptance of the Arabic community in Australia?
- This Bachelor thesis is focusing on the question of whether the Arab Film Festival in Sydney supports the social acceptance of the Arabic community in Australia. To answer this question, the situation of the Arabic community in Australia is explained and presented in the beginning. This is followed by a closer look at the Muslim community and their part of building Australia’s cultural diversity. Also, the difficult process at integration, which is constrained by the negative image of the Arabic World and portrayed throughout the Western media, is presented. The main focus of this thesis is on how the Arab Film Festival is addressing the problems and struggles Arab Australians have had to face ever since the “War on Terror”, which has especially emerged from the involvement of terrorists of Arabic origin in the attacks on September 11 on the United States of America in 2001. This annual festival is an event for the Arabic community and gives an interesting insight for all Australians to understand this diverse culture. Previous editions of the festival will be examined, with a close look at the program, audiences, funding and statistical reports. With the help of these statistics and the annual reports of the festival over the past years, the question of whether the Arab Film Festival is successful in achieving more social acceptance in Australia will be answered.