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The RizTest Podcast - a monthly (or so) podcast discussing the protrayal of Muslims on Film, TV and the arts. #riztest
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S2 E5: Muslim Representation in Video Games // RizTest Podcast

The RizTest PodcastMay 14, 2020

S2 E5: Muslim Representation in Video Games // RizTest Podcast

S2 E5: Muslim Representation in Video Games // RizTest Podcast

Ramadan Mubarak! Ramadan Kareem! 🕋

We geek out and level up this week with the amazingly talented Osama Dorias and discuss the topic of representation of Muslims in Video Games🕹. 

Osama is Lead Games Designer at Warner Brother Games Canada, authored the Independent Video Games programme at Dawson College (Qubec) , founded the Montreal Independent Games Awards and is President of the Muslim In Games Special Interest Group for the IGDA (International Games Developers Association).

Osama is also a prolific public speaker talking about Muslim Representation in Video Games at conferences around the world, most notably at the Games Developer Conference presenting a “How to Guide to Muslim Representation in Video Games”.

We discuss:

Personal journey into the world of video games The ‘Good Muslim Vs Bad Muslim’ Trope Parallels between the Film & TV and Games Industry Well-Intentioned mistakes with representation and why being too afraid to try leads to poor representation Bad guys in games: Zombies, Muslims and Nazis Concept of 'Arabistan' Is representation better in Indie Games? or Big Studio Games? People of Colour in Play (organisation) Muslim Representation in Graphic Novels Osama’s Talk at the GDC “A How to Guide for Muslim Representation in Video Games”

Games covered:

Little Big Planet (2008) Call of Duty Franchise (2007-) Counter Strike (2000) Terminator Salvation (2009) Super Street Fighter IV (2010) Tekken 7 (2015) Overwatch (2015) Deus Ex (2000) Assassins Creed Franchise (2007-) Spiderman (PS4 2018) Good Pizza Great Pizza (2018) MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries (2018) Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege: Year 5 Pass (2020) After HOURS (2018)

May 14, 202049:27
S2 E4: Muslim Representation in Bollywood with Asim Burney

S2 E4: Muslim Representation in Bollywood with Asim Burney

It’s been a long time in the making but here we are with our Bollywood special. 

We sit down (in our own homes) with the talented Mr Asim Burney, host and producer of the Khandaan podcast to talk about Muslim Representation in Bollywood.

Shownotes below:

· The Khandaan Podcast

· Who is Bollywood for?

· Sense of cultural betrayal – when did Bollywood start demonising Muslims?

· Perspectives on Bollywood from Muslims in the US, UK and Europe

· Are there any nuanced representations of Muslims

· Why don’t Muslim actors speak out?

· Shahrukh Khan’s article for New York Times, Outlook Turning Points: “Being a Khan”, 2013


· Aamir Khan’s statement on intolerance in India

o “I am alarmed, my wife suggested moving out of India”

And here’s a full list of movies we cover in this episode:

· Kal Ho Na Ho (2003)

· Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

· Delhi Belly (2011)

· Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

· Sholay (1975)

· Darr (1993)

· Sarfarosh (1999)

· Border (1997)

· Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)

· Andhadhun (2018) Positive Muslim Representation

· Gully Boy (2019) Positive Muslim Representation

· 24, True Lies, Jack Ryan

· Vada Chennai (2018)

· Trance (2020)

· Pakeezah (1972)

· Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

· Coolie (1983)

· Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998)

· Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)

· Dil Se (1998)

· Bharat (2019)

· Sultan (2016)

· Mr India (1987)

Apr 23, 202056:58
S2 E3: Daniel York Loh // RizTest Podcast

S2 E3: Daniel York Loh // RizTest Podcast

Hey hey Mary J ✊🏽

We’re back after a hiatus working on personal projects (both of us dabbling in a bit of writing on the forthcoming book, I Refuse To Condemn – edited by the talented Asim Qureshi) with a brand new episode. We’re chuffed to bits to be able to finally sit down (virtually) in this new socially isolated world with our guest Daniel York Loh. We discuss his start in the theatre, writing productions such as The Fu Manchu Complex which challenges the 'Yellow Peril' racist stereotype and talk through early years breaking into the film industry. We have an awesome wide ranging conversation that covers:

The Hounslow Art Collective and Parv Bancil’s influence on his career The term ‘Ethnic Drag’, performing your ethnicity as opposed to acting ‘Chinese’ being a problematic term Pan Asian Identities The Oriental Stereotype and Orientalist white gaze Founding BEATS and The ‘Living with the Lams’ controversy Stereotypes of the ‘Model Minority’ Crazy Rich Asians being a significant yet problematic milestone The Rep Sweats And of course we end with the Question Time Guy

You can follow Daniel on Twitter at @danielfyork

Apr 14, 202001:06:36
S2 E2: On Set with Youssef Kerkour and Shibbir Ahmed // RizTest Podcast

S2 E2: On Set with Youssef Kerkour and Shibbir Ahmed // RizTest Podcast

Sup homeslice! ✊🏽 This episode we spend the day on set of Channel 4 comedy/drama Home Season 2 and have a chat with the wonderful Youssef Kerkour (who plays the lead, Sami) and Shibbir Ahmed (DIT on Home Season 1&2). After spending the day behind the scenes, we have a conversation with Youssef and Shibbir in the warmth of Youssef’s trailer discussing the importance of being seen on screen, the challenges of authentically representing the refugee experience and what can be done to improve diversity on and off screen. We call each other habibi a lot. Also No Spoiler Alert – we’re cool like that. Films discussed: Exodus with Hassan Akkad The Siege For Sama Follow Youssef @YoussefKerkour Follow Shibbir @Shibbir1 And huge thanks to Ibrahim Al Jeffrey for his support on the day 🖖🏽 - follow him too @ibrahim_Al_Jeff
Oct 31, 201942:48
S2 E1: Iranian Cinema Special with Dr Zahra Khosroshahi // RizTest Podcast

S2 E1: Iranian Cinema Special with Dr Zahra Khosroshahi // RizTest Podcast

Oct 11, 201949:25
S1 E10: News Round Up // RizTest Podcast
Jul 21, 201939:09
S1 E9: Off Screen Diversity with Nina Bhagwat // RizTest Podcast
Jun 21, 201935:50
S1 E8: Tez Ilyas // RizTest Podcast
Jun 09, 201901:09:35
S1 E7: Professor Evelyn Alsultany // RizTest Podcast

S1 E7: Professor Evelyn Alsultany // RizTest Podcast

This Ep is *next* level 💯

We are huge super-fans of our guest, Professor Evelyn Alsultany who is an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. 

We speak to the good prof and delve deep into her experience researching Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim representations in film and the media.

Show notes:

Professor Evelyn's background and childhood The representations of Muslims Pre and Post 9/11 The illusions of a post-race society Simplified complex representations, what this is and what it means We dissect the below tropes:
- The Sympathetic Oppressed Muslim Woman
- The Demonised Muslim Man
- The Patriotic Arab/ Muslim Character
- The Nominal Muslim (The Acceptable Muslim) The role of satire and comedy to highlight and magnify problematic themes Dr Jack Shaheen - his work, his insights and his legacy The Mena Arts Advocacy Group, Azita Ghanizada Our workshop at the University of East Anglia

Books discussed:

The Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11 (Critical Cultural Communication) - Professor Evelyn Alsultany Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World - Edward Said Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East since1945 (American Crossroads) - Melani Mcalister Reel Bad Arabs - Dr Jack Shaheen

Films & Shows discussed:

24 Sleeper Cell Homeland The Siege Three Kings BBC Bodyguard American Sniper London is Falling Argo Master of None The Big Sick Ramy Four Lions

May 23, 201942:17
S1 E6: Ramy Special with Sahar Jahani // RizTest Podcast

S1 E6: Ramy Special with Sahar Jahani // RizTest Podcast

It’s Ramadan 🌙 and this episode is ALL about the hit Hulu show Ramy, devised by and starring Ramy Youssef.

💥Spoiler Alert💥

Shaf and Sadia are honoured to be joined by Sahar Jahani, one of the writers from the show who shares amazing behind the scenes insights into what goes into writing a show like Ramy and representing authentic Muslim experiences.

We discuss with Sahar:

The reception of the Ramy show so far Who is the show for? (What the show is, and what it isn’t) Sahar's career to date The inner workings of the writer’s room and the process of how decisions are made and storylines are formed Ramy’s story arc The role of Muslim women in the show 🧕🏽 Telling authentic Muslim stories and tough storyline decisions Working with comedians and keeping it real halal

We love hearing your feedback, so please get in touch on @theriztest or email in on and leave us your thoughts!

May 09, 201901:17:18
S1 E5: Eaten By Lions // RizTest Podcast
Apr 26, 201958:19
S1 E4: Sopan Deb - Comedy Special // RizTest Podcast
Apr 12, 201946:01
S1 E3: KDrama Special // Dramas Over Flowers x RizTest Collab

S1 E3: KDrama Special // Dramas Over Flowers x RizTest Collab

It's April and this episode we're all about Korean Dramas (KDrama)

We're so excited to present a collaboration with the KDrama experts - the amazing Dramas Over Flowers Podcast (@dramasoverflow). We're joined by talented Anisa (@anisakhalifa_) and Saya (@notnowsaya) in a fascinating discussion around representation of Muslims in Korean Dramas and Variety Shows.

In our many tangents we discuss everything from the history of migration in Korea to positive and negative representations of Muslims and minorities in KDrama (and everything in between).

The below are the shows we discuss in this episode:

Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) Scent of a Woman Misaeng (Incomplete Life) Two Days and One Night (Variety Show) My Neighbour, Charles (Variety Show) Hello Counsellor (Variety Show) The K2  Man Who Dies to Live


Mar 31, 201956:49
S1 E2: Anime Special // RizTest Podcast

S1 E2: Anime Special // RizTest Podcast

It’s March! Sadia and Shaf kickoff the podcast with a news roundup; New Zealand, CBBC and the Living with the Lams controversy and the latest updates from the RizTest. We’re Joined by Naeem Ibn Farooq (@IFNaeem - we totally get his name wrong) with a deep dive into Muslim representation in the world of Anime. 

Here’s a list of the Anime we discuss in this episode: 

Cowboy Bebop Akira Death Note Your name A Silent Voice Spirited Away Grave of the Fire Flies Princess Mononoke Ponyo KiKi’s Delivery Service Shoukoku no Altair
Mar 19, 201943:51
S1 E1: Introducing The RizTest // RizTest Podcast

S1 E1: Introducing The RizTest // RizTest Podcast

Introducing The RizTest. Founders Shaf (@shaftag) and Sadia (@educ_research) talk through how the project came about, what our goals are and what we've been up to over the last few months. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram on @theriztest. For reviews, enquiries and just to say hi, then hit us up on #riztest

Feb 13, 201943:59