Brokeback desert

Brian Whitaker, Middle East editor of The Guardian, says at CommFree that Brokeback Mountain tells a story that’s most relevant to the Arab world — if only it could be told there: “Western audiences who see the film can view it as a portrayal of gay life in the bad old days of the 50s and 60s. For Arabs, on the other hand, it’s a portrayal of the reality now.”