Engaging and Shaping the Theme of Nationalism in Depicting Wars

By Yousif Al Hamadi

National identity consists of a group of behaviors and values that differentiate members of a country spiritually and culturally. It gives individuals and the collective a meaning of belonging to their nation to feel stable and united, especially during conflicts and wars. The theme of national identity has been represented by painters, writers, and musicians since the romantic era in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in their portrayals of battle in America and Europe. With globalization during the twentieth century, the concept started to be adopted internationally, and filmmakers began to represent it, while filmmaking had just been developed editorially and technically. Furthermore, during the Second World War, propaganda films played an essential role in treating the national identity theme, which had served several nations during wartime as Britain and Germany.

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The Theoretical and Practical Problems Associated with Viewing the Media in Terms of Effects

By Yousif Al Hamadi

Today, media research includes media effects and media content analyses showing how people use the messages they receive from the media. Major studies have examined the effects and some of the media’s roles in people’s lives. Since the beginning of the 20th century, media scholars and researchers initially presented theories showing extreme media power that directly affected mass consumption. Later, studies and experiments proved that all media effects were limited, indirect, or minimal. They presented other theories that had more consideration towards human behaviors, technology, and the relationship between mass media and mass consumption. Some theories favored the passive audience, others preferred the active audience, and others looked at the cause and connection with the event. Media scholars and researchers also presented cultural media theories where symbolism emerged as a critical element in some of their construction. Others interpreted social and political practices by using the effects of mass media on public opinions and behaviors.

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The Architecture of the Ottoman Provinces

By Yousif Al Hamadi

History

The Turks entered Anatolia at the beginning of the 13th century. They are originally Mongol who displaced from Central Asia and headed west to Anatolia after the Battle of Manzikert, in which the Muslims defeated the Byzantine army in 1071.[1] During the 13th century, the Seljuks dynasty of Rum (1077-1308) declined because of the repeated Mongol attacks, and Anatolia has divided into small principalities, to twenty Anatolian beyliks.[2] Osman I (1258-1326), one of the beyliks leaders, whose history is uncertain. However, he was the founder of the Ottoman dynasty. He declared independence from Seljuks in 1299, extended the control of his principality, and eventually conquered Byzantine towns along the Sakarya River.[3] The Ottomans continued to expand, and in a short period, extended their hold over all of Anatolia. In 1453, they captured Constantinople and ended the Byzantine Empire under Mehmed the Conqueror (r. 1444 – 1481), who changed the city’s name to Istanbul.[4] 

Figure 1: The Ottoman Empire at its greatest extent in 1683 (history.com)

QFA Ramadan 1442

The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has hired Red Dot Films to produce a 3D animated film for Ramadan 1442.

The idea was based on advising those who are fasting to move their bodies and exercise, which will reflect on their body and mind with benefit. It also advises them to avoid sleeping, sitting and watching TV, especially the younger generations and children who are addicted to mobile devices and phones.

OX Fitness

A User experience Video. It was treated in a very creative and completely out of the box style. Rather than making the users sit and talk to the camera, Red Dot used their voices and added them to the videos of them working out. Lulou Al Fardan composed the track for the video.

Boys & Girls

Red Dot Films has recently finished producing a new animated series for Islamweb’s children website, Boys & Girls, consisting of 20 educational episodes and focusing on values ​​and behaviours from an Islamic angle.

Boy and Girls Poster

The work is supporting the efforts of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, which claims that it is enhancing the Qatari identity through perfecting righteous work, endorsing communitarianism, upholding the value of science, protecting the environment, taking care of time, and promoting patriotism.