While not particular to only film, Edward Said’s theory of Orientalism is very applicable to certain movies. Orientalism argues that spectacularized, exaggerated, and exotic depictions of Eastern countries (such as India, Saudi Arabia, or China) by Western countries (such as USA or France) are merely racist stereotypes that are harmful to Asians. This philosophical theory has been referenced in analyses of Aladdin and Mulan. Scenes of bizarre dances, clothing, or food help cement colonial systems of violence that doesn’t allow the true nature of Asian culture to flourish since it is constantly crowded by the film industry (think about how the Middle East is consistently scapegoated for terrorism) . Thus, the East becomes framed as “Other”, which may lead to exclusion and other attacks.