2015 Edition Episode 2 Premiere

127 countries worldwide
on Al Jazeera English
23 August 2015 at 22h00 GMT

Original 2012 version designated a New York Times Critics' Pick

Narrated by Mike Farrell, Valentino’s Ghost exposes the way America’s foreign policy agenda in the Middle East influences Hollywood and mainstream media portrayals of Arabs and Muslims.  Premiering at the Venice Film Festival, Italy, to a standing ovation,  Valentino’s Ghost tracks the transition from the Arab as Romantic Hero to the Arab today as the embodiment of evil.

Why do supremely talented artists and intellectuals in America consider it perfectly “realistic” to depict Arabs and Muslims in a fashion that would be described as bigoted, if applied to blacks, Jews, gays, Native Americans, et al?

The 95-minute film features fresh, riveting and often stunning perspectives from the legendary late American writer Gore Vidal; John Mearsheimer, author of “The Israel Lobby”,celebrated British war correspondent Robert Fisk, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anthony Shadid, Harvard and Oxford historian Niall Ferguson, historian Melani McAlister, TV star Tony Shalhoub, media expert Jack Shaheen, and Hollywood writer Alan Sharp,

They take viewers into wild, uncharted waters, analyzing Hollywood as a hotbed of ethnic bigotry and an obedient servant of Washington; the Charlie Hebdo cartoons as hate speech; Israel’s deadly invasion of Gaza in 2014 as a war crime; ISIS as less brutal than The American Armed Forces; and American Sniper as foremost a vehicle of ethnic hatred towards Arabs and Muslims.

Biting social commentary by comics Maz Jobrani, Aron Kader and Ahmed Ahmed ensure that the documentary maintains a constant flow of astonishing and eye-opening revelations.

"The best...documentary made by any one. I appreciate the people who made it. It must be publicized as much as possible."

− Khalid, posted on Al Jazeera's FB page

"You may not agree with every observation in Michael Singh’s documentary Valentino’s Ghost. But this engrossing examination of American perceptions of Arabs and the Arab world gets you thinking…."

− Andy Webster, The New York Times

"Valentino's Ghost is both sobering and illuminating, and its execution is thrilling."

− Ernest Hardy, The Village Voice

"PROVOCATIVE … ABSORBING ...Singh's critical views on Israel and Washington's staunch protection of that country's image will likely set some viewers' teeth on edge."

− Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

"A valuable work that digs well beyond commonplace observations …"

− John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

"Valentino’s Ghost exposes widespread bigotry and the deliberate shaping of a narrative against Arabs while also providing considerable insights into why American foreign policy continues to fail in an important part of the world."

− Philip Giradi, former CIA officer and exec director, Council for the National Interest, Wash, D.C.

"Brilliant. Valentino's Ghost is a crystal-clear distillation of voluminous evidence from movies, televangelism, and network news, documenting the subtle interplay of popular, religious, and political culture."

− Tamara Sonn, Professor of Humanities, College of William and Mary

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Narrated by MIKE FARRELL Featuring MELANI MCALISTER, Ph.D, NIALL FERGUSON, Ph.D., RABBI DOVID YISROEL, JOHN MEARSHEIMER, Ph.D., ALAN SHARP, DIANA ABU-JABAR, ROBERT FISK, Ph.D., JACK G. SHAHEEN, Ph.D., ANTHONY SHADID, GORE VIDAL, ALBERT MOKHIBER, Esq., STEPHEN ROHDE, Esq., and TONY SHALHOUB Stand-up comedy by MAZ JOBRANI, ARON KADER, AHMED AHMED Edited by BRAD FULLER, MICHAEL SINGH, CATHERINE JORDAN Music by Emmy Award Winner LISA COLEMAN Produced by MICHAEL SINGH and CATHERINE JORDAN, Written and Directed by MICHAEL SINGH