Thursday, September 8, 2011

"Enemy Alien" screenings in NYC, Toronto, CA

a Palestinian activist’s fight for freedom draws a Japanese American filmmaker into confrontation with detention regimes of past and present.

“ that is what I call a ‘real’ documentary. An exposé of the first order.” -- Satsuki Ina, director, Children of the Camps & From a Silk Cocoon

"Enemy Alien is a must-see documentary! The filmmaker crosses boundaries and prison walls to tell the story of this peaceful Palestinian freedom fighter…a powerful and often scary real-life tale of the shared struggle between Japanese Americans and Muslim Americans." --Basim Elkarra, Executive Director, CAIR-Sacramento

Documentary, 2011, 82 minutes
A project of Life or Liberty
Directed by Konrad Aderer

Thursday, September 8, 7:00pm
Alwan for the Arts 16 Beaver Street Manhattan, NYC

Panel discussion with the filmmaker and discussants:
Amy Gottlieb, American Friends Service Committee
Mirene Ghossein, activist and promoter of Arab-American and Palestinian poetry and arts
Cristina "AiMara" Lee, organizer and legal observer involved in Asian American & Muslim American solidarity

Toronto Palestine Film Festival
Tuesday, October 4, 9:00pm
Art Gallery of Ontario, Jackman Hall Theater
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
Copresented by Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

UC Berkeley
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 arrives, the Nikkei Student Union and the Muslim Student Association, will hold a joint event of featuring a screening of Enemy Alien followed by discussion
UC Berkeley's Multicultural Community Center (MCC)
September 8th, 7:30pm

Enemy Alien, a first-person documentary, is the gripping story of the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a gentle but indomitable Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants. Told through the eyes of the filmmaker, the grandson of Japanese Americans interned during World War II, this documentary takes on unprecedented intimacy and historical resonance.

As the filmmaker confronts his own family legacy of incarceration, his involvement in the current struggle deepens. Resistance brings consequences: In retaliation for organizing a massive protest from inside detention, Farouk is beaten and locked in solitary confinement, and his American-born son Tarek is arrested in a counterterrorism investigation into the documentary itself.

Twitter: @enemyalien

Distributor, educational distribution & screenings: Third World Newsreel

The New York Observer‘Exigent Times’: Konrad Aderer’s Enemy Alien

Radio interviews with director Konrad Aderer:
Asia Pacific Forum, WBAI 99.5 NYC (6/27/2011)

Insight: Mike McGowan, Capital Public Radio KXJZ 90.9 Sacramento (2/18/2011)

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