Kartemquin week in Chicago!

Our films American Arab, A Good Man, Prisoner of Her Past and Typeface are all getting a chance to shine in our hometown of Chicago this week. Usama Alshaibi will present clips from American Arab at a panel discussion at Columbia College Chicago from 7pm-9pm tonight. Panelists inlcude Marquette University sociologist Louise Cainkar, author of Homeland Insecurity: The Arab-American and Muslim Experience After 9/11; and Roosevelt University professor David Faris, who studies social and political change in the Middle East. Roxane Assaf of the Advisory Council on Arab Affairs will moderate. The event is free and open to public: Get more information. Continued

American Arab "can't be released soon enough"

BadLit, the online journal of underground film, sent out a call for support today for Kartemquin's in-progress documentary American Arab. Praising Kartemquin for supporting director and Kartemquin Diversity Fellow Usama Alshaibi in making this "important film," BadLit's Mike Everleth writes: "In Bad Lit’s opinion, with a media that seems especially gung-ho promoting manufactured divisive and falsely controversial topics such as the hideously nicknamed “World Trade Center mosque” and a far-right media that plants fake news stories such as claiming that Sharia law has taken over local governments so that national politicians can campaign against such topics, a film like American Arab can’t be released soon enough." Continued

Praise for Prisoner of Her Past

In advance of its upcoming Canadian premiere at the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival on November 7th, Prisoner of Her Past has received an endorsement from the Toronto Jewish Tribune. Calling the film an "engrossing documentary," the paper's Barbara Shainbaum stated: "this personal mystery, rooted specifically in a Jewish world, thematically rises above it by examining the universal long-term psychological effects of untreated trauma." Read the entire article. Continued

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