The Role of Hollywood Cinema in Geopolitical Representation of the Middle East

Document Type : Original Article


1 faculty member, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

2 M.Sc. Student, Political Geography, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.


In recent decades, the role-playing of the media has paved the way for the emergence of a new discourse named popular geopolitics that has the potential to link public opinion to geographical policies. Researchers in the context of popular geopolitics seek to evaluate methods of representing geographical phenomena and geopolitical events in media such as cinema. The current study, given the significance of The Concept of the Political as a kind of discourse in popular geopolitics and its impact on public opinion, seeks to choose the Middle East geopolitical region as the subject of the Hollywood cinema representation to examine the structures that try to guide public opinion and increase its power in the region with the help of The Political tools such as political romanticism and political theology. In this context, selected works of cinema made during the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama between 2000 and 2015 have been selected for this analysis.


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