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  • Thursday, March 3 7:00 pm
  • UW-Milwaukee Union Cinema
  • Free admission for UWM students; $8 General Public
  • Sunday, April 3 2:00 pm
  • Milwaukee Art Museum’s Lubar Auditorium
  • $8 Admission

Talk Back for both shows by the ACLU of Wisconsin

Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr

A Film by Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard

In July of 2002, Toronto-born 15-year-old Omar Khadr was wounded and captured by US forces in Afghanistan and sent to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Considered by some to be a child soldier and accused by many others of terrorism, Khadr would find his next 13 years to be a long, torturous battle for freedom. It took the relentless work of lawyer Dennis Edney to have Khadr repatriated to Canada and ultimately released last spring in the face of the Harper government’s attempts to overturn his bail. Featuring unprecedented access to family members, government officials, and Khadr’s former fellow inmates, Patrick Reed and Michelle Shephard’s documentary acquaints us with an incredibly resilient youth who grew up in a tragic and mind-boggling situation. It also analyzes the political implications of Khadr’s case: the first instance since World War II where a US war crimes trial convicted someone for acts allegedly committed as a child.

Journey into Europe

A Film by Akbar Ahmed

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, a world-renowned anthropologist, Islamic scholar, and filmmaker, explores Islam in Europe and the place of Islam in European history and civilization in this unprecedented study. In the film shot across the continent in countries such as Germany,the U.K., France, Spain, and Bosnia, we hear from some of Europe’s most prominent figures, including presidents and prime ministers, archbishops, chief rabbis, grand muftis, heads of right-wing parties, and every-day Europeans from a variety of backgrounds.
The film has received praise from some of Europe’s most prominent leaders. Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, states, “It is hard to exaggerate the importance of this work.” Dr. Haris Silajdzic, the former President and Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, writes, “Ambassador Akbar Ahmed’s latest project on Muslims in Europe is yet another illustration of his vision by offering us understanding of, commitment to, and hope and compassion for humanity.” And Paul Smith, the USA Director of the British Council here in Washington, writes, “Your film is a compelling, gracious, thoughtful study and we’re proud to be involved in it.”
  • Thursday, March 24 7:00 pm
  • UW-Milwaukee Union Cinema
  • Free admission for UWM students; $8 General Public

Talk Back by the Islamic Society of Milwaukee

 

  • Thursday, April 21 7:00 pm
  • Oriental Theatre
  • $10 Admission

A special presentation by Muslim stand-up comedian Preacher Moss

Prison Blues

A Film by Mustafa Davis

It is estimated that 80% of inmates who “find faith” in prison, convert to Islam. Prison Blues, a Ta’leef Collective documentary film, directed and produced by Mustafa Davis tells the riveting and unheard story of the harsher realties inside the prison industrial complex in the United States through the lens of a Muslim spiritual narrative. Prison Blues explores the reality of incarceration in the United States and conversion to Islam through the Prison Industrial Complex.

 

Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine

An African American gospel choir is the Greek chorus for a Palestinian play on Martin Luther King, Jr. which tours the West Bank, preaching nonviolence. The devoutly Christian choir grew up in churches strongly allied with Israel. On their first trip to the Holy Land they witness the harsh realities of life under occupation, a nonviolent movement for justice, and an assassination. Our story is a unique view of a crucial human rights conflict. Mixing the excitement of foot-stomping gospel music and creative theater it reveals the power of art to communicate, heal, and give voice to communities living in fear. It is a cultural exchange of immense depth and far-reaching implications, where, during the course of the journey, people’s preconceptions are radically changed.

  • Thursday, April 7 7:00 pm
  • UW-Milwaukee Union Cinema
  • Free admission for UWM students;
  • $8 General Public

Talk Back by Friends of Palestine

  • Sunday, April 17 2:00 pm
  • Milwaukee Art Museum’s Lubar Auditorium
  • $8 Admission

Talk Back by Jewish Voice For Peace

  • Thursday, April 14  7:00 pm
  • Oriental Theatre
  • $10 Admission (One Show Only!)

Talk Back by featuring a Community Panel

THE IDOL

A Film by Hany Abu-Assad

Synopsis: A film about the popular Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf, from childhood to adulthood, and his life in Gaza until he won the Arab idol.

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