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Unique in post-September 11 America, TALES FROM ARAB DETROIT, is an intimate community portrait. A visiting Egyptian storyteller/bard provokes an inquiry into issues of Arab heritage and tradition in a quintessential American immigrant community. American born children-- a "7-11 girl", hiphop dancer and rapper among them-- reconcile social and cultural differences with Arab immigrant parents. Through music, poetry and the ironies of everyday life, young people face up to racial discrimination and other socio-political challenges that are simultaneously similar and different than those of youth in other ethnic communities.
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An absolutely splendid film, a sensitive, elegantly edited gem. Watching it, we laughed and cried simultaneously. Naomi Shihab Nye poet, writer, anthologist, educator
I use it in teacher workshops. It deals with issues of identity, assimilation, racism and stereotyping with sensitivity and insight. It will help diversity trainers, human resource professionals, social workers, and multicultural program coordinators to sensitize others on how to honor the uniqueness of the Arab American community as well as the similarities it shares with immigrant and "minority" experiences. Zeina Azzam Seikaly Outreach Coordinator, CCAS, Georgetown University
The most significant documentary made about Arab Americans. Pat Twair The Washington Report on the Middle East
...an excursion with elements of ethnology, anthropology and musicology, composed with a terrific sense of humor and empathy. Joe Stork, Deputy Director, Middle East program, Human Rights Watch; former editor-in-chief, Middle East Report (MERIP)
A versatile documentary with a potential for revealing broad issues in American history, its culture and immigrant communities. For use in social sciences, language arts, literature and humanities, to study the difference of views across generations. Jonathan Friedlander, Director Outreach Program, International Studies, UCLA
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Award for Excellence, American Anthropological Association, Society for Visual Anthropology
Hawaii International Film Festival
Arizona International Film Festival Melbourne International Film Festival
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Joan Mandell is a Detroit-based journalist and documentary filmmaker. She is currently researching a major veterans oral history project for the Arab American National Museum and filming a documentary on Detroit area beekeepers.
Her New Day documentaries are: Tales from Arab Detroit; Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment; and Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family.
Joan Mandell has taught documentary film production/film studies and ESL at University of California/ Irvine, College for Creative Studies/Detroit, Birzeit University/Palestine and most recently aboard a ship travelling around the world with the University of Virginia/Semester-at-Sea. She was a Fulbright scholar, a Felton Scholar in Media Literacy and an affiliated fellow at UCLA's von Grunebaum Center for Near East Studies. Joan co-founded Al Fajr news-weekly and served on the editorial board of Middle East Report for two decades.
Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment
Arab Americans bring civil liberties to the Supreme Court.... Since the passage of the USA Patriot Act, immigrants' rights to civil liberties have been profoundly diminished under the rubric of "national security". VOICES IN EXILE gives historical context to these contemporary issues, by drawing connections between recent campaigns against Muslims and Arab Americans, the anti-communism of the McCarthy era and the post-WWI Palmer raids. VOICES IN EXILE succinctly documents the beginnings of the longest running deportation case in US history: the 20 year trial of the "LA 8". This riveting video examines plans for rounding up Arab Americans, reminiscent of the WWII internment of Japanese Americans, and foreshadowing Guantanamo. The ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights take on the FBI, INS and Justice Department (now Homeland Security) in a courtroom battle over First Amendment rights for all non-citizen residents.
Subject: Immigration & Border Studies
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