From West Bank to “Amreeka” the Movie

An email I received. The trailer looks fantastic

The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau and National Geographic Entertainment invite you to attend a series of premiere events of the widely-acclaimed film “Amreeka,” across the country. Each screening — held in Southern California, New York and Washington, DC — will be followed by a Q&A with writer/director Cherien Dabis.


Dabis’ first feature film, “Amreeka,” received a five-minute standing ovation when it was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and has received rave reviews by film critics.

Inflected with drama and humor, the film chronicles Muna, a single mother from Ramallah, and Fadi, her teenage son, and their bittersweet adjustment to a multicultural way of life after they move to the American Midwest in the early 1990s, just as U.S. troops enter Baghdad. How mother and son cope with each other and adjust to the American relatives who welcome them is as much the revelatory subject of “Amreeka” as their reactions to the strange behavior of ordinary people in this land of liberty. “Amreeka” opens up in theaters in September.

We have a limited number of tickets available for each screening. Two tickets will be given to the first 15 people to email Amreeka-RSVP@mpac.org with their RSVP for each screening. Please provide your name, phone number and which screening you are interested in attending.

NEW YORK
Monday, August 17
8:30 p.m.
Walter Reade Theatre
70 W. 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023

IRVINE
Wednesday, August 19
7:30 p.m.
Westpark 8 Cinema
3755 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606

LOS ANGELES
Thursday, August 20
7:30 p.m.
Writers Guild Theater
135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

WASHINGTON, DC
Wednesday, September 2
7:30 p.m.
Grosvenor Auditorium
National Geographic Society
1600 M Street, Washington, DC 20036

MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau recently held a screening of “Amreeka” during the annual ISNA convention in Washington D.C. During that event, Dabis shared her personal experiences growing up Arab in Omaha, Nebraska, and the great pains she took to cast authentically Arab and Arab-American actors in the film.

MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau serves as a bridge between the Muslim American Community and the entertainment industry by fostering relationships with industry professionals, providing consulting and expertise on film and television projects, and creating networking opportunities for aspiring Muslim filmmakers, screenwriters and actors.

United Against Malaria “One Body : One Goal”

This looks like such an amazing event, mashAllah:

United Against Malaria

United Against Malaria

United For Change is historic; the maiden voyage is a unique convention entitled: United For Change Presents: United Against Malaria, One Goal, One Body during Labor Day weekend at the Gaylord Hotel, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Rarely have so many Muslim speakers committed themselves to this day, and collectively found agreement in a cause of this nature.

Amongst the many confirmed speakers to attend the convention will be:

Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, Imam Mohamed Majid, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Suhaib Webb and Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Imam Syed Naqvi.

Find it on Facebook here. To view poster and buy tickets click here.

Korea Aims to Attract Muslim Tourists


It’s not easy to find halal food in Korea.
Thus KTO has come up with the halal lunch box!

Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) now aims to attract Muslim tourists and will tailor-make tour programs to suit tourists from the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

KTO recently educated 40 travel agents and tour guides on Islamic culture. They have also introduced a halal food lunchbox into their tours.

Travel agents in Korea have noted that the biggest obstacle to attracting Muslim tourists is strict rules on food and prayer.

It is not easy to find “halal food” especially in Korea where pork is commonly served in all restaurants. Halal restaurants are very rare in Korea and there are almost none outside Seoul, Busan and Jeju. Tour guides usually take Muslim travelers to seafood restaurants, Indian or Pakistani eateries, or vegetarian restaurants. The travelers don’t get to taste Korean food.

Thus, with this in mind, KTO designed the “halal lunchbox”. It contains Korean food such as bulgogi and kimchi (i would assume) so that Muslim tourists can also experience the food which they see consumed in Korean movies or dramas.

KTO also recently opened a prayer room at the Tourism Information Center of its headquarters. The prayer room is located in basement one, and comes equip with a compass showing the direction of Mecca.

Source: The Korea Times

Obama likes Urdu poetry?

Okay my family has suddenly diecided to love the guy:

‘What can you cook?’

‘Oh, keema … daal … You name it, I can cook it. And so I have a great affinity for Pakistani culture and the great Urdu poets.’

‘You read Urdu poetry?’

‘Absolutely. So my hope is that I’m going to have an opportunity at some point to visit Pakistan,’ said Mr Obama.”

Yusuf Islam makes peace with Coldplay

It seems that Coldplay’s song Vida La Vida [still love it] ripped off a bit from Yusuf Islam’s song Foreigner Suite. The Coldplay tune is a lift of the closing theme to Foreigner Suite. In fact, it sounds as if the record stylus is stuck somewhere playing the same few notes.

Nevertheless Yusuf Islam decides not to press charges.

He says, “I stand by what I said. They did copy my song but I don’t think they did it on purpose. I have even copied myself without even knowing I have done it. I’ll write down what I think is a good melody and realise it’s the same as something I have already done.  “I don’t want them to think I am angry with them. I’d love to sit down and have a cup of tea with them and let them know it’s okay.”

But his guitarist, Joe Satriani, did filed for copyright infringement against Coldplay:

Source

Belgium’s Ozdemir becomes Europe’s first headscarved MP

Turkish origin Mahinur Ozcelik swore in at Belgium’s parliament in Brussels with her headscarf without any crisis, Turkish media reported.

Now if a Muslim country like *cough*Turkey*cough* could let fairy elected headscarf women become congresswomen that would be something.

Source

Green Muslims & Sheikh

Green Muslim & Sheikh

Muslims going Green? Finally! There’s a group called DC Green Muslims and now I hear about a green Sheikh in none other then in Syria? Awesome.

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi… The 45-year-old is rapidly gaining a reputation as a local environmental pioneer and the only imam in Damascus focusing on the connection between Islam and the environment. The importance of reusing plastic bags and bottles, conserving water, and preventing pollution are just some of the green themes he has dedicated his Friday afternoon address to.

Traditional Rebel MashAllah:)