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

 

Official Selection
STOCKHOLM
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
RIVER BEND
FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
INDY
FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
SYDNEY UNDERGROUND
FILM FESTIVAL

 

Usama Alshaibi is one of our most important filmmakers, a fact further defined by this engaging and enlightening documentary.”
— Underground Film Journal
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


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

North American Premiere
BIG SKY
DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
SAN FRANCISCO
CENTER for ASIAN AMERICAN
MEDIA FEST

 

Official Selection
MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
ATHENS
INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
MAINE
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
BIG BEAR LAKE
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

A very personal and exposed story of identity... Recommended
— Educational Media Reviews Online

Official Selection
Honorary Mention
CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
CLEVELAND
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
KANSAS CITY
FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
PERTH REVELATION
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
LANDLOCKED
FILM FESTIVAL

 

Official Selection
SAN FRANCISCO ARAB
FILM FESTIVAL

Deftly mixes archival footage, interviews, animation, and music to engage the viewer in an open conversation about a provocative topic.
— The Film Yap