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  • Thursday, April 25nd 7:00 pm

  • Oriental Theatre

Same God

In 2016, Dr. Larycia Hawkins wore a hijab and said that Christians and Muslims worship the Same God. The firestorm that followed exposed the rifts among evangelicals over race, Islam, religious freedom…and Donald Trump.

Talk Back by Dr. Hawkins and
Film Director, Linda Midgett

Midnight Traveler

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing their uncertain journey, Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.

  • Talk back by Plevin, Program Director doc|UWM
  • Friday, April 26th 7:00 pm

  • Oriental Theatre

  • Saturday, April 27th 12:30 pm

  • Oriental Theatre

This is Home

What happens to Syrian refugees given haven in a western country? This striking suburban Baltimore set film paints a fascinating picture of the USA through the eyes of four families going through the country’s refugee self-sufficiency resettlement programme. The journey towards acculturation includes buying hijabs featuring the stars and stripes; discovering twelve hour working days; and beginning to confront the challenging gender expectations of their new home. This Is Home gives a novel portrait of America, whilst conveying the resilience of its shipwrecked subjects in a moving and compelling fashion.Shari’a law.

Talk back by Refugee Panel

Ghost Hunting

Director Raed Andoni places a newspaper advertisement in Ramallah. He is looking for former inmates of the Moskobiya interrogation centre in Jerusalem. In his ad he asks that the men should also have experience as craftsmen, architects or actors. After a casting process that almost feels like role play, he arranges for a replica of the centre’s interrogation rooms and cells to be built to scale inside a hall – under close supervision from the former inmates and based on their memories. In this realistic setting the men subsequently re-enact their interrogations, discuss details about the prison, and express the humiliation they experienced during their detention. Using techniques that are reminiscent of the so-called ‘theatre of the oppressed’ they work together to dramatise their real-life experiences. Their reconstruction brings long repressed emotions and undealt with trauma to the fore. Working on the film takes its toll on the men – both physically and mentally. The director also appears in front of the camera; not only is he creating a stage for his protagonists, he is also coming to terms with his own fragmented memories of imprisonment in Moskobiya thirty years previously.

Talk back after the film

  • Saturday, April 27th 4:00 pm

  • Oriental Theatre

  • Saturday, April 27th 7:00 pm

  • Oriental Theatre

Life Without Basketball

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir broke records and barriers on her way to become the first Division I athlete to play basketball while wearing hijab. When a controversial ruling ends her chances at playing professionally, she re-examines her faith and identity as a Muslim American.

Talk back after the film


South of Beirut, Lebanon is a 68 year old refugee camp housing refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Many have lived in this camp their entire lives– Mariam AlShaar is one of them. Now, Mariam has pulled the women of this camp together to do what has never been done before. They started with a small kitchen from a micro-loan. With nearly insurmountable political odds against them– they look to start the first refugee food truck. Their journey is one of many ups and downs but it is the community that is built, their sense of hope and how they see themselves that makes this a moving, touching film about their journey. Mariam has been known as ‘the crazy lady’ and now she will show just how crazy she is..

Food tasting after the film

  • Sunday, April 28th,  12:30 pm

  • Oriental Theatre

  • Sunday, April 28th 7:00 pm

  • Oriental Theater

Wajd - Songs of Separation

Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib invites us on an intimate journey exploring the sacred musical culture of West Asia (Middle East), and its delicate relationship with Islam and the state

Talk back by Dr. Ismail Quryshi & musical performance 

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