[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
The story opens on scenes of daily life in a Bedouin camp, which would certainly contain lots of girls and women doing all sorts of essential everyday jobs, and yet no girls or women appear onscreen at all: not in the background, not as the mother of the young father-orphaned male protagonist, nowhere. Women have simply been erased from this culture.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: No girls or women appear in this movie at all. (There is a photo of a woman, a wife far away in another land, but that’s it.) Which is very strange, because the world in which this is set is not an all-male environment.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Theeb! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Theeb.