There are few images of the Middle East as iconic as the Bedouin nomad.
Yet their iconic status as camel-riding natives is increasingly being transfigured as a marketing tool for the Sinai's tourist industry – offering tourists a way in to the romance and magic of the desert landscape.
Images used to fix and stereotype people can also be used to upset and rework these stereotypes. Made with local Bedouins, this exploratory film looks at the impact of tourism on local Bedouin communities and explores the tensions between demands on Bedouin to maintain a tradition of timelessness in a modern tourist industry.
Sinai Sun, a film by Jessica Jacobs. Made with Alexa Firat and Hussein Abu Ahmed, funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council