A Coming of Arab story

 

Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi (Nice Bombs) shares his own story of experiencing racism in post-9/11 America. Showcasing the diversity of Arabs living in the United States, American Arab sparks a frank conversation about identity and perception, and argues for giving people "the space to be complicated."

 

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World Premiere
IDFA
AMSTERDAM

MID-LENGTH COMPETITION

 

Official Selection
GENEVA
FILM FESTIVAL

 

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STOCKHOLM
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

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RIVER BEND
FILM FESTIVAL

 

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INDY
FILM FESTIVAL

 

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SYDNEY UNDERGROUND
FILM FESTIVAL

 

North American Premiere
BIG SKY
DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
SAN FRANCISCO
CENTER for ASIAN AMERICAN
MEDIA FEST

 

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MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

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ATHENS
INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL

 

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MAINE
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

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BIG BEAR LAKE
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

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Honorary Mention
CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

 

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CLEVELAND
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

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KANSAS CITY
FILM FESTIVAL

 

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PERTH REVELATION
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

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LANDLOCKED
FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
SAN FRANCISCO ARAB
FILM FESTIVAL

“Probes what you might call the Arab-American dilemma… Alshaibi’s family is smart and complicated, and you immediately have an emotional connection to these people.”
— Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune
Usama Alshaibi is one of our most important filmmakers, a fact further defined by this engaging and enlightening documentary.”
— Underground Film Journal
“It’s giving voice to people who have been marginalized—and when they are presented in mainstream American media, it’s rarely from their perspective… At the same time, the movie doesn’t feel confrontational. It feels like the start of a conversation, rather than a provocation.”
— Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
In the great tradition of American personal documentary film... he uses the camera as a tool to dig for answers about identity, art and filmmaking that are often overlooked.
— Documentary.org
A very personal and exposed story of identity... Recommended
— Educational Media Reviews Online
Deftly mixes archival footage, interviews, animation, and music to engage the viewer in an open conversation about a provocative topic.
— The Film Yap