“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” Screens at Cannes Film Festival

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Blog

By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014

From May 14th to the 25th , Cannes, France is immersed in a sea of artistic passion and enlivened by the imaginative work of both aspiring and accomplished filmmakers from all over the world. This year, the iconic film festival recognizes a number of films about the Arab world, each distinctive and commendable in their own right. In the past, notable films from the region that were screened included the critically acclaimed Wadjda from Saudi Arabia and Omar from Palestine. So far, the 67th annual Cannes...

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2014 Arab American Service Day

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on May 19, 2014 in Blog
On Saturday, May 17th, Arab American organizations around the country took part in the 10th annual National Arab American Service Day. This year, the Arab American Institute partnered with the Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI), a community garden that serves children, adults, and neighbors of the Fort Totten area of Washington, DC.
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Participant Media Accepts the Award for Corporate Citizenship at Gibran Gala

Posted by on May 07, 2014 in Blog
This year’s recipient of the Award for Corporate Citizenship at the 2014 Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala, Participant Media, is known for their production of films with conscientious subject matter and sharp storytelling. Since its creation in 2004, Participant has established itself as a leader in social justice issues, pioneering a marriage of great film and effective action campaigns. Participant Media is responsible for more than 50 films, of which 36 received Academy Award nominations and 7 earned Academy Awards, including Good Night and Good Luck, The Help, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, and Lincoln.
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Senator George Mitchell Delivers Moving Speech at Gibran Gala

Posted by on May 01, 2014 in Blog

On April 25th, the Arab American Institute Foundation hosted its 16th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala. Senator George Mitchell received the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service in recognition of his long and distinguished career and his unwavering commitment to peace.

In his video remarks to Gala attendees, Secretary of State John Kerry praised Senator. Mitchell for his work in the Senate, saying he was “way ahead of his time.” “[Senator Mitchell] was clearly someone with a moral compass who cared, and who didn’t just talk about peace and justice but did everything...

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Participant Media to Receive the Award for Corporate Citizenship at 2014 Gibran Gala

Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Blog
The Arab American Institute Foundation is pleased to announce that the Award for Corporate Citizenship will be presented to Participant Media at the 2014 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala on April 25 in Washington, DC.
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Writing the Soundtrack to Social Change

Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Blog
By Margaret Lowry Arab American singer, songwriter and activist Stephan Said, welcomed as “this generation’s Woody Guthrie” by Billboard Magazine, has been favorably compared by critics to Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Bob Marley. Born to an Iraqi father and Austrian mother, Said’s own amalgam of cultures inspired his musical sound which mixes genres, instruments, and even languages.
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The Arab World’s Sultry Relationship with the Sun

Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Blog

By Firas Suqi Spring Intern, 2014

The notion of harnessing the power of the sun as a renewable energy source is by no means a modern one. As thousands of immigrants from Arab countries crossed through Ellis Island in aftermath of World War I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, so did the vision of Lebanese American Hassan Kamel Al-Sabbah – who dreamt of one day returning to his home and transforming the sunny skies of the Arabian Desert into a solar powered paradise. While he’d never make it back to Lebanon,...

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Breaking Walls for Yemeni Film

Posted by on February 05, 2014 in Blog
By Margaret Lowry This year’s Academy Awards will be a big night for Arab Cinema. Alongside the two feature-length films Omar by Hany Abu-Assad and the The Square by Arab American director Jehane Noujaim, from Palestine and Egypt respectively, a new short film from Yemen can be added to the list of nominated Arab films. Karama Has No Walls is the first film from Yemen to be nominated for an Oscar, and the first film ever for its Yemeni-Scottish director Sara Ishaq.
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“Omar” and “The Square”: From the Region to the Red Carpet

Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Blog
by: Firas Suqi Spring Intern, 2014 Filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad has put Palestinian cinema back in the limelight after his fictional thriller “Omar” was nominated for an Academy Award in best foreign language film. Shot between Nazareth, Israel and various locations throughout Palestine, “Omar” tells the story of a Palestinian baker unwillingly thrust into the role of an Israeli informant after being beaten and forced into a false confession during the investigation of a murdered Israeli soldier.
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Community Screening of Oscar Nominated Film “The Square”

Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Blog
Big news: The Square, a documentary film directed by Arab American filmmaker Jahane Noujaim about the Egyptian revolution, has been nominated for an Oscar! There is still time for you to join us tomorrow for a special screening of the film on its DC premiere. To celebrate the film and its director, we are hosting an Arab American community screening of the film, and we invite you to attend as our guest. We have bought out the entire theater so you can come join us, talk to Jehane and celebrate the film with fellow community members. The screening is free of charge, but there are very few seats left, so RSVP now.
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