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 with their RSVP for each screening. Please provide your name, phone number and which screening you are interested in attending.

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

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

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

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.

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:)

Wajahat Ali’s The Domestic Crusaders, first major Pakistani Muslim American play

I have heard great things about this play, The Domestic Crusaders, that debuted in the San Fransisco Bay Area. It’s two-act play about a Pakistani Muslim American family. [Think a Pakistani Muslim Raisin in the Sun]. Facebook group here.

Please join “FODC” for social networking/fundraiser events in the DC area with Wajahat Ali – author of the first major Muslim-American play “The Domestic Crusaders” . He will be in the DC area on March 27, 28 and 29.

The play is opening in September at the acclaimed Off-Broadway Theater, The Nuyorican Cafe in New York City.

Emma Thompson, Academy Award winning actress and screenwriter is supporting the play and said, “The Domestic Crusaders is exactly the sort of theater we need today. The gulf that separates cultures must be bridged and Art is one of our best hopes. I’ll be supporting this all the way – please join me and Wajahat in building this bridge! … I’ll pledge too.”— Emma Thompson

DC Area event listing:

March 27 – 9:00 pm onwards – Chi-Cha Lounge, 1624 U St NW # 100, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-8400. To learn more

March 28 – 6:30-10:30 pm (dinner) – Shamshiry, 8607 Westwood Center Drive, Tyson’s Corner, VA ( and 703-448-8883). To learn more

March 29 – 5-7 pm – Busboys and Poets (14th and V), 2021 14th St, NW Washington, DC ( and 202-387-7638). To learn more

Domestic Crusaders

Domestic Crusaders

If you can attend the DC events – please RSVP to with ‘Chi Cha’, ‘Shamshiry’, ‘Busboys’ in the subject line to indicate which event you will attend and include your name, email and tel #.

If you can’t attend the DC events, but would like to know more or to meet Wajahat, please email

Please donate at the events or online at to support this fundraising effort! All donations are tax deductible and made to the Before Columbus Foundation (Tax ID: 94-2534340).

Thanks –
Friends of Domestic Crusaders

More about Wajahat…..
Is an Associate Editor of, an online magazine; and a contributing editor to Illume Magazine. He was instrumental in the “Call for Swift Action Against Domestic Violence” in February 2009. He is also a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Counterpunch and Chowk. His first movie, “Ms. Judgments,” was a finalist for the prestigious LinkTV Muslim American Film Contest. His first short story, “Ramadan Blues,” was published in January 2009 in the anthology “Pow Wow” published by Perseus/De Capo Press . Also, his blog, “Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground”  is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs and recently rated “Great” by

Iranian B-boys[?] Movie



Whoa, I’ve heard of French B-boys, Korean B-boys–but Iranian? Awesome.

For those of you who don’t know what a B[eat]-boy or B-girl it’s a person who immerses themself into hip hop and more specifically breakdancing.

The movie is called Warring Factions. Check out the official trailer:

“As forces in American government and media have fueled the perception of an unavoidable war with Iran, Warring Factions is a call to (dis)arms. An American-born Iranian breakdancer finds cultural awakening by exploring his multi-ethnic roots. Faced with dual nationality in two conflicting countries, he travels to Iran to examine the political issues first-hand while exploring his cultural identity with a group of Iranian b-boys. By combining documentary and studio reenactments, Warring Factions looks at the blurring of world borders, and the looming threat of another war in the Middle East.”

There seems to be two screenings currently, one in New York and another in DC:

New York:

Host: Islamic Center at NYU
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Furman Hall, room 214
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY


Host: 20,000 Dialogues
Friday, March 27, 2009
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC

Introducing- The Poetic Vision Tour’s “Art of Poetics”

If you’re in the DC area beginning of April I suggest you check out Saad Omar’s new project: The Poetic Vision Tour’s “Art of Poetics”. He’s held a couple of Poetic Vision Tour’s in the Chicago area, becoming a huge success and now it’s finally debuted in the DC area. Saad’s promise: it’s going to be special. Here’s some info:

Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to introduce the Poetic Vision Tour’s “Art of Poetics” Concert & Lyrical Workshop
on April 4th in Washington DC.  Please check out the online flyer below and our website.  I have also
included a description of the event below the flyer.  We are limiting attendance to only 75 to maintain
the quality of this event, so buy your tickets soon to insure your seat and to get the lower ticket price-

-Saad Omar  [Poetic Vision Tour-National Coordinator]

Event Co-Sponsors- Georgetown and George Washington University MSA

FORMAT-    Unlike our large concerts, this event is designed to create a more intimate setting
in which artists will perform songs (rock, folk, hip hop), as the
attendees follow along with lyric
books.  After ever few songs, we will have
a short lyrical discussion, in which the audience can

PURPOSE- The Art of Poetics event is designed to be a highly enjoyable music concert.
Furthermore,we hope that this event will help sensitize our attendees to greater lyrical
poetic appreciation.

THE MUSIC-   Music will range from socially conscious mainstream music (both classic and new),
as well as originals.  This event was a huge success in the midwest and we are very excited to
bring it to the East Coast.