Thursday, April 26, 2012
Anniversary screening of Enemy Alien, NYC, 4/26
Enemy Alien: a Palestinian activist’s fight for freedom draws a Japanese American filmmaker into confrontation with detention regimes of past and present.
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.
Enemy Alien is a project of Life or Liberty, http://lifeorliberty.org/
For more background: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2012/wilson240312.html
Enemy Alien educational distribution & screenings: Third World Newsreel
“Amazing...now 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
New York Observer article:
Radio interviews with director Konrad Aderer on Asia Pacific Forum, WBAI 99.5 NYC (6/27/2011)
Insight: Mike McGowan, Capital Public Radio KXJZ 90.9 Sacramento (2/18/2011)