Horses Of God : Masculinity

1611 Words Aug 21st, 2015 7 Pages
“Tough Guy, Huh? We’ll See About That”: Masculinity as Performed and Proved in Nabil Ayouch’s Horses of God In Nabil Ayouch’s film, Horses of God, masculinity is performed by men to prove their manhood to other men. The film depicts how a group of young boys, including two brothers, Hamid and Tarek, grow into the roles of suicide bombers. During the beginning of the film, Tarek, the younger brother, is passive in the face of Hamid’s aggressive displays of masculinity which are invariably tied to violence and domination through his physical acts and his words. For the most part, Tarek accepts his place as a beta to Hamid’s alpha male persona and does not directly challenge his brother’s authority. However, martyrdom provides Tarek the opportunity to prove himself as a man; he becomes indoctrinated in the ways of the brotherhood, accepted by the brotherhood’s leaders, and eventually serves as chief operator of a suicide bombing mission in Casablanca. In this sense, the brothers’ roles are reversed as Tarek’s masculine prowess begins to overshadow his brother’s former strength, and Hamid hesitates with the idea of blowing himself up for martyrdom. Tarek, in contrast, shows no fear, and his determination to become a martyr culminates in his extreme performance of violence, which he believes will permanently inscribe him into the memories of others, and perhaps even future male suicide bombers, as a “true” man. The film opens on a large group of boys, including a ten year old…
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