The Muslims Are Coming!

Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Blog
By Emily Jabareen Watch out, “the Muslims are coming!” The intriguing and slightly sarcastic title of a new reality TV-style documentary humorously captures the hyperbolic and much overblown antagonism lately demonstrated against Muslims in US political discourse.
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FouseyTube at DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival

Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Blog
By Jennine Vari This week is the second annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival. While most of the films are serious and political, Saturday ends on a different note with FouseyTube.
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Flying Paper

Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Blog
By Vieshnavi Rattehalli Flying Paper is a documentary film following the story of Palestinian youth in Gaza who embark on a quest to break the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown at once.
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Detroit Unleaded

Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Blog
By Jennine Vari A film by Rola Nashef has earned the Arab American filmmaker the Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Detroit Unleaded is a “romantic dramedy” about two cousins, Sami and Mike, who take over the family gas station in Detroit.
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American TV’s Portrayal of Arab Americans Needs Work, but Shows Progress

Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Blog
By Vieshnavi Rattehalli Much awaited by its small but avid cult-like following, Community represents the best of American television for many reasons. Aside from being a witty and sophisticated show that successfully employs meta-humor and frequent pop-culture references, Community displays progress in American television depiction of Arabs in America.
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Creative Projects Group to Produce Kahlil Gibran Film

Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Blog
Earlier this month, the Gibran National Committee of Lebanon signed an exclusive Option Agreement with the Creative Projects Group to produce a feature film highlighting the life story of Arab American poet, artist, and philosopher Kahlil Gibran.
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Arab American TV Character is Welcome Departure from Media Stereotypes

Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Blog
Ahmed is likely the first Arab American sitcom character who can be funny as an individual, not as an Arab. Hopefully, he’ll be the first of many.
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DC Comics Unveils First Arab American Superhero

Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Blog
At AAI, we’ve periodically tried to highlight the exploits of some of the Arab American heroes we’ve come across, but next month will be the start of something quite different: the first Arab American superhero.
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Souad Massi Performs in DC

Posted by on July 02, 2012 in Blog

By Nasser Siadat

2012 Summer Intern

The Kennedy Center in Washington DC should have prepared extra seats for last night’s Millennium Stage performance of the popular Algerian singer, Souad Massi. By the time Massi was testing the sound system more than an hour before show time, lines were already out the doors. Come show time, nearly one hundred were left standing to watch the performance from afar.

The performance was presented by the Embassy of Algeria and the US-Algeria Business Council to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Algeria’s independence this coming Thursday. After more than a century under French colonial...

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A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans

Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Blog
By Nicole Abi-Esber The first-ever documentary chronicling the immigration journeys of thousands of Arab Americans, called “A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans” is set to be released in late 2012. Director and producer Abe Kasbo has been working on the documentary project for almost five years, exploring the history of the diverse Arab American community.
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