'Dune 2' Criticized for Lack of Middle-Eastern, North African Representation, Failure to Address Western Imperialism

‘Dune 2’ Criticized for Lack of Middle-Eastern, North African Representation, Failure to Address Western Imperialism


The hit sci-fi epic Dune 2 has been met with criticism in some quarters for its lack of Middle-Eastern, North African (MENA) representation and for its failure to address Western imperialism.

“These critics offer a wide range of objections, including faulting the production for failing to cast many MENA actors in speaking rolesas well as leveling objections to story choices that diminish MENA influences,” Variety reported this week.

Frank Herbert, author of the original Dune novels upon which the films have been based, stated on multiple occasions his influences stemmed from Islamic and North African cultures. He also partially based the protagonist Paul off T.E. Lawrence, who was popularized in the 1962 David Lean epic Lawrence of Arabia. Of the Freman, the indigenous

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