Ruby Hamad is a writer and Phd candidate in media and postcolonial studies at the University of New South Wales. Born in Lebanon and raised in Australia, she splits her time between Sydney and New York.
Comment: For the first time in 100 years of seeing Arabs mocked, demonised, or ridiculed on the silver screen, Aladdin is a clear step forward, writes Ruby Hamad.
Comment: A kitschy talent contest is not more important than Palestinian rights, writes Ruby Hamad.
Comment: Squabbling over whether Rami Malek is Arab or Copt misses the point. Let's celebrate his win as a victory for representation in the film industry, writes Ruby Hamad.
Comment: If western governments were truly committed to improving women's lives, they'd stop propping up the authoritarian regimes that oppress them, writes Ruby Hamad.
Comment: It's imperative that we, as Arab women, now take the lead in shaping how our stories are told, writes Ruby Hamad.
Comment: That the language is softer and less violent only makes it more dangerous, writes Ruby Hamad.
Comment: White feminist leaders must reach out to women of colour to heal a growing divide, writes Ruby Hamad.
Comment: On screen, Arabs have either been absent or portrayed as villains, suggesting we are either terrible people, or we just don't exist, writes Ruby Hamad.
Comment: When you are an Arab woman in the public eye, almost anything you say can and likely will be used against you, writes Ruby Hamad.